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Byzantium (2012)

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Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

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Barry Cassin ...
Robert Fowlds
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David Heap ...
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Gareth
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Wendy
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Werner
Jenny Kavanagh ...
Barmaid
Glenn Doherty ...
Steve
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Nadia
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Anya
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Frank
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Noel
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Savella
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Darvell
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Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Written by Production

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Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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31 May 2013 (UK)  »

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A Vampire Story  »

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£8,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,643 (USA) (30 June 2013)

Gross:

$84,293 (USA) (4 August 2013)
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Neil Jordan considered his frequent collaborator Stephen Rea to play Savella, but Rea was busy and Jordan had taken a strong liking the presence and voice of Uri Gavriel and cast him instead. See more »

Goofs

After Frank falls from his bike he receives a laceration on his wrist which he tends to with a handkerchief, after Eleanor aids him by taking him back home he drops the rag on his porch which is now covered in blood. The pattern and the amount of blood surrounding the rag on the floor consistently changes between shots. See more »

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Eleanor: My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw the pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it.
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Featured in Projector: Byzantium (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Nacht Und Traume, D.827
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Janet Baker (as Dame Janet Baker) and Geoffrey Parsons
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd (P) (1981)
Digital remastering courtesy of EMI Records Ltd (P) (1996)
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what a gem
20 August 2013 | by (palestine) – See all my reviews

in all honesty the reason i know about this film is because am sort of fascinated with saoirse ronan and i follow all of her news, but unfortunately this beautiful film hasn't got the fame it deserves in contrast to all the other vampire movies, it's not like any other vampire movie I've ever seen maybe due to the impeccable performances by the leads and also the direction is leaning towards dark and drama rather than teenage fantasies, i mean those vampires share a few traits with the Hollywood sexy monsters, they feed on blood and they live forever and that's it, they don't have super powers and they're not super rich and they don't sparkle or burn in the sun, actually most of the time i kept forgetting that am watching a vampire flick and just got immersed in there stories and mysteries, what also drew me completely into the film is the atmospheric nature and style the director adopted and merged with the angelic music and the grim rainy cloudy weather which helped deepen the edgy feeling of the story. this is definitely a superior piece of art than interview with a vampire just watch it and you'll get the feeling


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