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The Edge of Love (2008)

 -  Biography | Drama | Romance  -  20 June 2008 (UK)
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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both. The passion and pathos of legendary poet Dylan Thomas is told through the lives of two extraordinary women. Vera Phillips and Dylan were teenage loves; fast forward ten years and the two reconnect in London. She's working as a singer whilst he's churning out scripts for government propaganda films and living off the last in a long line of infatuated women. The two former lovers feel the thunderbolt once more, but Thomas is now married to the adventurous Caitlin. Despite their love-rival status, the women form a surprising friendship. Caitlin indulges in her own infidelities, and recognises a similar adventurous spirit in her husband. But she knows his connection with Vera is something different, not to mention dangerous. Romantic turmoil continues in Vera's life. She marries her devoted admirer William Killick, but she can't deny the chemistry between herself and Dylan, nor does she ... Written by paul@keiraweb.com

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The only thing more dangerous than war... is love.


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Rated R for some sexuality, language and disturbing war images | See all certifications »

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$3,944 (USA) (13 March 2009)

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$28,635 (USA) (3 April 2009)
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Trivia

The interior of the Newquay "The Black Lion" was shot in "The Black Lion" in Cardigan. The pub has since shut due to the smoking ban. See more »

Goofs

When William Killick boards his transportation plane to Greece the C-47 Dakota shows "D-Day stripes" (aka "Invasion stripes") on fuselage and left wing. Historically and consistent with the period setting of the story - the "Blitz" - this must have been in spring 1941. However, these markings were not in use before June 1944. See more »

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Vera Phillips: You don't even see me, do you? Dylan! All you've got is stories in your head. Words. And I have to feel real. William... makes me real.
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Referenced in Uned 5: Episode dated 20 June 2008 (2008) See more »

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Careless Love
Lyrics by John Maybury
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Published by Anlon Music Co.
Produced by Angelo Badalamenti
Courtesy of Universal Music Classics and Jazz
Under License from Universal Music Operations
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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At times, edge of seat stuff
23 July 2009 | by (Scotland, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is primarily about love in WWII, yet we must remember that it's also a biopic for Dylan Thomas and those around him at this particular stage in his life.

The movie's timing is just great. It really captures what I think would have been the spirit during those times; smiling and hoping you're not going to get bombed. While it may prove boring to some, the movie does have a particularly dangerous edge to it.

At one point, my heart was racing towards the end as the movie hits its climax. It really does feature some poignant moments that are handled with skill by the four main actors. Cillian Murphy is on fine form here, as is Matthew Rhys. Both are polar opposites and it makes for an interesting watch. The relationship formed between Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley's characters is wonderful and we have the acting to thank (and watch out for a cameo by Suggs of 'Madness').

Despite all of this, it's a rather slow movie. Coupled with the fact it's just shy of two hours, it's quite a slog to get to the conclusion.

Overall, it's a solid non-fiction war movie with many wonderfully crafted moments that were no doubt helped by the splendid number of well-known British names behind the scenes. But it really does drone on for too much at times. Still, a worthwhile watch. 7/10


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