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Endless Love (1981)

R | | Drama, Romance | 17 July 1981 (USA)
A high school student's love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance and accident.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jade Butterfield
... David Axelrod
... Ann Butterfield
... Hugh Butterfield
... Arthur Axelrod
... Rose Axelrod
... Keith Butterfield (as Jimmy Spader)
... Sammy Butterfield
Robert Moore ... Dr. Miller
... Ingrid Orchester
Jan Miner ... Mrs. Switzer
Salem Ludwig ... Mr. Switzer
Leon B. Stevens ... Judge
Vida Wright ... Sonia
... Leonard (as Jeff Marcus)
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Two young teenagers, Jade Butterfield and David Axelrod, fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for Jade's bohemian parents. Her parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent to a mental hospital. This doesn't stop him from seeing her. When he gets out, he goes to look for her and remains in love with her. But in the end, the passion for his first love is too strong and she has to leave or this love will kill both of them. Written by Jonathan Catt <jcatt@execpc.com>

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She is 15. He is 17. The love every parent fears.

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Drama | Romance

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17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor eterno  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,163,623, 19 July 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,184,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,492,674
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1.85 : 1
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Martin Hewitt was the subject of a high profile talent search. Despite considerable media attention, his career failed to take off. Both Leonard Whiting and Graham Faulkner experienced similar career slumps after appearing in Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) for Franco Zeffireli. See more »

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At night, as David is starting the fire, when the wind in the trees is shown, day-for-night filming fails to hide that the sunny blue sky can clearly be seen through the foliage. See more »

Quotes

Jade Butterfield: It was a once in a lifetime thing, David. I know that! And it came in a time when we were too young to handle it. That was the terrible part.
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Heart Of Glass
Performed by Blondie
Written by Debbie Harry / Chris Stein
Rare Blue Music (ASCAP)
Blondie courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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So-So Teenage Film about Love...
24 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

David Axelrod (Martin Hewitt) and Jade Butterfield (Brooke Shields) are two teenage lovers. He is 17, she is only 15.

One night the two, after a party held at the Butterfield house, have sex by the living room fire, witnessed by Jade's mom (Shirley Knight). What follows is a story of strong love and separation that follows David's life as he is banned from seeing the one that he so badly loves.

This film is no way a fantastic film, but it also isn't terrible. Brooke Shields is absolutely stunning in this film (her acting on the other hand...) and her co-star Hewitt does a reasonable job as the lead. Although the film does have its faults and flaws, it is also a tender tale some can relate to... to some point.

Shirley Knight is touching as the mother and Ian Zeiring and James Spader also star as Jade's brothers. Look out for a nerdy and quite irritating Tom Cruise (with a high pitched voice) in a small scene.

I only rated it 10, because it doesn't deserve its 3.9 rating. I would give it a 6 or 7.


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