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Endless Love (1981)

A high school student's love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance and accident.

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Scott Spencer (novel), Judith Rascoe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Jade Butterfield
Martin Hewitt ... David Axelrod
Shirley Knight ... Ann Butterfield
Don Murray ... Hugh Butterfield
Richard Kiley ... Arthur Axelrod
Beatrice Straight ... Rose Axelrod
James Spader ... Keith Butterfield (as Jimmy Spader)
Ian Ziering ... Sammy Butterfield
Robert Moore Robert Moore ... Dr. Miller
Penelope Milford ... Ingrid Orchester
Jan Miner 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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor eterno See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Teri Shields was very protective of her daughter, always keeping near. She appears as one of the nurses. 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

Ann Butterfield: What's that look?
Hugh Butterfield: David's here! I just caught them bare-assed in her room!
Ann Butterfield: [laid back] My God! I thought it was something awful.
[sighs]
Ann Butterfield: You were meant to catch them, I'm sure.
Hugh Butterfield: [fuming] She didn't even bat an eyelash.
Ann Butterfield: [scoffs] You didn't raise her to be a hypocrite.
[pulls curtain over doorway for privacy]
Ann Butterfield: You know he's been staying over, don't you?
[gets surprised look]
[...]
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Soundtracks

Dreaming Of You
Performed by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Written by Lionel Richie and Thomas McClary (as Thomas F. McClary)
Produced by Lionel Richie
PGP Music/Brockman Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Intersong Music
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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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