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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,532,911
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

French actress Isabelle Adjani was originally cast as Anna Barton, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. American actress Jodie Foster was offered the part, but turned it down, because Foster didn't feel that she was right for the role. In the end, the character was cast with French actress Juliette Binoche. See more »

Goofs

Anna sets out a vase of red tulips in the Apartment M hideaway. When she sets them up they are long and limp, but when the movie cuts back to Stephen being interviewed by the inspector, the flowers are shorter and standing straight up. See more »

Quotes

Ingrid Fleming: Why didn't you kill yourself? You should have killed yourself when it started, then I would have mourned you. It would have been difficult but I would have buried you. And I WOULD have wept. You are not an evil man. You should have killed yourself.
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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 »

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Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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If I was on a deserted island with only 1 movie...
5 April 1999 | by Shell-31See all my reviews

There's a fine line between passion and pain, and no one does either of them better than Jeremy Irons. Obsession is the bottom line here, and anyone who's been there can relate. Nothing else matters, and in this movie, Irons crosses all the lines. His first introduction to Binoche...their first rendezvous...their last ...these are engraved in my memory. Sure rich and beautiful people populate this movie, but the emotional punch it packs is one hundred percent REAL. Miranda Richardson, as the grieving mother, couldn't be better. The haunting photographic image near the end of the movie hit me very hard. A deserted island? And only one movie? Damage. Damage. Damage.


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