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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 Fleming
Juliette Binoche ... Anna Barton
Miranda Richardson ... Ingrid Fleming
Rupert Graves ... Martyn Fleming
Ian Bannen ... Edward Lloyd
Peter Stormare ... Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke Gemma Clarke ... Sally Fleming
Julian Fellowes ... Donald Lyndsay, MP
Leslie Caron ... Elizabeth Prideaux
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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Taglines:

Desire... Deceit... Destiny... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | German | Italian

Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fatale See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Gross USA:

$7,532,911
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to 'The Virgin Film Guide', the movie created a ratings controversy which colored the film's release. Show-business trade paper 'Variety' said that the film was "unjustly famous before its release for its hardly extraordinary erotic content". See more »

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Early in the film when Stephen arrives home it is night. Yet once inside, when the maid draws the curtains, the garden outside is bathed in sunlight. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Stephen Fleming: All through dinner, I had one thought, one desire. To touch you. To hold you.
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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 »

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Remade as Dangerous (1995) See more »

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Much more then you may bargain for.
9 February 2004 | by triple8See all my reviews

I have read some of the reviews on Damage and hope that for someone who hasn't seen it they don't go in expecting some silly little erotic love triangle because this is a lot more then that and, though the story is very well done, it is very difficult to get through. It's NOT light viewing.

Damage is a searing and intense look at the dark side of human nature. (You may want to read the book before you see the film). This so much more then a LOVE TRIANGLE! It examines issues of morality and doing the "right thing" versus giving in to what is basically "forbidden fruit". This story is completely different then "American Beauty" but the tragic tone is set and people who like American Beauty may like this. Josephine Hart has another book called "Sin" that's even better then Damage that I would also recommend although it also has that darkly tragic tone from the beginning. That one also involves family members, in that case the two main characters are sisters. (I do not think "Sin" has been made into a movie though I could be wrong.) In any case-Hart is a master story teller and this is a tragic multi character study but hardly light viewing! Know what your getting into before you get into it and if you haven't, read the book as well. Amazing!


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