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Young Adam (2003)

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A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

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David Mackenzie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Joe Taylor
Tilda Swinton ... Ella Gault
Peter Mullan ... Les Gault
Emily Mortimer ... Cathie Dimly
Jack McElhone ... Jim Gault
Therese Bradley Therese Bradley ... Gwen
Ewan Stewart ... Daniel Gordon
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ... Bill
Pauline Turner Pauline Turner ... Connie
Alan Cooke Alan Cooke ... Bob M'bussi
Rory McCann ... Sam
Ian Hanmore ... Freight Supervisor
Andrew Neil Andrew Neil ... Barman
Arnold Brown Arnold Brown ... Bowler Hat Man
Meg Fraser Meg Fraser ... Stall Woman
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Storyline

Joe, a rootless young drifter, finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, owned by Les and his wife Ella. One afternoon they discover the corpse of a young woman floating in the water. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and suspect is arrested, we discover that Joe knows more than he is letting on. Gradually we learn of Joe's past relationship with the dead woman. Meanwhile an unspoken attraction develops between Joe and Ella, heightening the claustrophobic tensions in the confined space of the barge. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Adán See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£228,692 (United Kingdom), 28 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,278, 18 April 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$767,240, 15 August 2004
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After finding the body, Joe is sitting on a bucket at the dockside, a famous pose of that Dundonian cartoon rascal Oor Wullie, whose own father used to work on the docks. See more »

Goofs

The chords heard as Les plays the guitar change, but his fingers don't move. See more »

Quotes

Joe Taylor: [after having sex with Ella] Are you sorry?
Ella Gault: Fat lot of good that would do me.
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Connections

Referenced in Long Way Round (2004) See more »

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Ineluctable
Performed by Richard Colburn
Music Composed by David Byrne
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This is a great movie
1 June 2005 | by sheilaedavisSee all my reviews

This is about a sociopath. He moves like a shark, never really staying anywhere for very long, killing or maiming emotionally anything that has the correct biology. His behavior betrays a self involvement and selfishness that is numbing. He is also a woman hater. The violence he does to women is with his penis. He rarely if ever, befriends men and in fact, uses them to get to what he wants. At the end of the movie, you hate him but are amazed by his total lack of connection with anyone.

Ewan McGregor is so wonderful in this role; it was as if it were made for him. As the young man who uses women and discards them throughout the movie, his portrayal is seamless. Naturally, Tilda Swinton is incredible too, as she always is.

Everyone in this is terrific. Don't see this if you are depressed.


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