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Damage (1992)

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A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

David Hare (screenplay), Josephine Hart (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Dr. Stephen
Juliette Binoche ... Anna
Miranda Richardson ... Ingrid
Rupert Graves ... Martyn
Ian Bannen ... Edward
Peter Stormare ... Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke Gemma Clarke ... Sally
Julian Fellowes ... Donald Lyndsay
Leslie Caron ... Elizabeth
Tony Doyle ... Prime Minister
Ray Gravell Ray Gravell ... Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
Susan Engel ... Miss Snow
David Thewlis ... Detective
Benjamin Whitrow ... Civil Servant
Jeff Nuttall Jeff Nuttall ... Trevor Leigh Davies MP
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Storyline

A member of Parliament (Irons) falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée. They pursue their affair with obsessive abandon despite the dangers of discovery and what it would do to his complacent life and his son. Completely obsessed, he wants to give up his current lifestyle to be with her. She has no intention of allowing him to do this, preferring to have her marriage to the son as a cover. They are eventually discovered, and must deal with the damage. Based on the novel by Josephine Hart. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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With love comes risk. With obsession comes... Damage. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | German | Italian

Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damage See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,707, 27 December 1992

Gross USA:

$7,532,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,532,911
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released only about a year or so after its source novel of the same name by Josephine Hart had been first published in 1991. See more »

Goofs

When Stephen is in the bathtub, Ingrid's arm suddenly changes position between shots. See more »

Quotes

Anna Barton: Fuck me.
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Alternate Versions

USA version removed 1 minute of sexually-explicit footage in order to secure a R rating. European unrated version is available on video/laserdisc in USA. See more »

Connections

Remade as Irreparable Damage (1995) See more »

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Very Good Human Drama
4 July 2004 | by dwatts-1See all my reviews

I don't know. I have read some of the reviews here and some literate folk seem to me to want to wax lyrical about vapor. Meaning, sometimes people get a kick out of writing silly things.

If this is the worse movie anyone has seen, then they've not seen many movies. I'm not saying it is for everyone, it's a long key affair, where everything is below the surface (which is actually referenced in the film over a dinner table scene) until finally it breaks free with horrendous results.

Four great performances, Irons is brilliant as a man with great self-control who finds himself for the first time ever, obsessed. Richardson who nearly steals the entire film with a single scene near the end - writing years of personal grief across her face in bruises. Binoche who knows where safe harbor lies (with Peter) who cannot avoid destroying peoples lives. Graves as the ineffectual son, who knows he's in love with a woman in pain, but does not yet know how it will manifest itself.

It's a good film. Beware of anyone who goes to extremes to say otherwise. It's not an easy film to ridicule. (ps. I watched the R2 DVD, it's an awful presentation - AVOID).


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