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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.

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 »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Cruise's very brief appearance in the film is critical to the film's plot. 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

Jade Butterfield: You know what I keep thinking about? A night in the house. I was a little girl, and then I saw David all alone. And I don't know. I just... I wanted to go to him. Was that wrong? I wasn't a happy little girl anymore. Something changed. The first time in my life I was me.
Ann Butterfield: Life goes on. We change.
Jade Butterfield: But it hurts. It hurts so much.
Ann Butterfield: Oh, Baby, it all happened so fast for you. When you live a lifetime you'll understand it.
Jade Butterfield: But he loved me. He loves me! No one will ever love me as much.
Ann Butterfield: Many people will...
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Soundtracks

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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Everything a perfect movie should be...and more!
26 June 2003 | by daisyduke8000See all my reviews

This movie is quite possibly the single most passionate, intense, thrilling film I've ever seen. Even the most badly love-burned person can start to believe in love again after seeing it. Martin Hewitt and Brooke Shields are definately candidates for the cinema's most memorable lovers, at least I think so. Anyone who likes drama and/or romance, will definately love this movie. Some people say the acting in this movie is bad. It is NOT bad at all unless you're looking for Shakespeare or something. The storyline is very original, away from the old cliche that is used over and over again in romance films. How many other romantic films feature the leading man attempting to set fire to his love's house, just because he loves her so much?? What a film. That is all I can say: what an amazing film. I'm waiting patiently for the DVD. I was lucky enough to get a copy of the VHS, which is a prized possession. To everyone, ignore ALL of the bad reviews. See this movie no matter what it takes.


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