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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; he burns down her family's house and is committed to psychiatric hospital.

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Scott Spencer (novel), Judith Rascoe (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Jade
Martin Hewitt ... David
Shirley Knight ... Ann
Don Murray ... Hugh
Richard Kiley ... Arthur
Beatrice Straight ... Rose
James Spader ... Keith (as Jimmy Spader)
Ian Ziering ... Sammy
Robert Moore Robert Moore ... Dr. Miller
Penelope Milford ... Ingrid
Jan Miner ... Mrs. Switzer
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Mr. Switzer
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Judge
Vida Wright Vida Wright ... Sonia
Jeffrey Marcus ... Leonard (as Jeff Marcus)
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Storyline

Young teenagers Jade Butterfield and David Axelrod fall in love, but their passion is too consuming for Jade's bohemian parents, who try to stop them from seeing each other. When that doesn't work, David burns down the Butterfields' house and is sent to a mental hospital. When he gets out he is still in love with her and searches for her. In the end, his passion for his first love is too strong and she must 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. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the lovemaking scene, director Franco Zeffirelli squeezed Brooke Shields' big toe off camera to provoke a reaction that would look like an orgasm. See more »

Goofs

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

Hugh Butterfield: [sternly] David. I don't want you to go into the house.
David Axelrod: [looking back at him] Why? What's the matter?
Hugh Butterfield: [continues cleaning his car] You and Jade won't be seeing each other for a while.
David Axelrod: [incredulously] What?
Hugh Butterfield: You heard what I said. This thing's gotten totally out of control. I made a mistake giving you so much freedom around here. Now Jade's fallen behind in her schoolwork, she can't sleep at night.
David Axelrod: Just a second. I mean, Jade didn't say anything to me about this.
Hugh Butterfield: Well, I'm telling you. I want you to ...
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Connections

Referenced in Bingo, Bridesmaids & Braces (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreamin'
Performed by Cliff Richard
Written by Alan Tarney / Leo Sayer
Rare Blue Music (ASCAP) / ATV Music (BMI) / Long Manor Ltd. (PRS)
Cliff Richard Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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loved it
29 September 2014 | by goldenholden37See all my reviews

I don't know what everyone was talking about. This movie is great. I'm shocked at the low review and glad it didn't keep me from watching this movie, even though it almost did. I do agree that the performance left much to be desired, but they did have passion for each other. It was just the acting... Anyway, I didn't read the book and I think that was where the problem laid with a lot of people. It's rare that you will read the book and then watch the movie and be satisfied. Especially if it's a book you love. I'm glad I went into it not knowing much about it.

I do have to say how teed off I am about the huge spoiler in the description which tells what David did to the house, like WTHeck?! That doesn't even happen until halfway into the movie,Jesus!

Anyway, good watch. I will definitely watch it again and read the book. It was a beautiful tragedy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Endless Love See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,163,623, 19 July 1981

Gross USA:

$31,184,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,492,674
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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