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Enduring Love (2004)

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Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident.

Director:

Roger Michell

Writers:

Ian McEwan (novel), Joe Penhall (screenplay)
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Joe
Samantha Morton ... Claire
Bill Weston ... Grandfather
Jeremy McCurdie Jeremy McCurdie ... Boy in Balloon (as Jeremy Mccurdie)
Lee Sheward ... John Logan
Nick Wilkinson Nick Wilkinson ... Farmer
Rhys Ifans ... Jed
Bill Nighy ... Robin
Susan Lynch ... Rachel
Ben Whishaw ... Spud
Justin Salinger ... Frank
Andrew Lincoln ... TV Producer
Helen McCrory ... Mrs. Logan
Rosie Michell Rosie Michell ... Katie Logan (as Rosanna Michell)
Ella Doyle Ella Doyle ... Katie Logan's Friend
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Storyline

On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket. Just as they secure the balloon, the wind rushes into the field, and at once the rescuers are airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted skywards. As Joe, Claire and the other rescuers watch this strangely beautiful sight, they see the man fall to his death. Recalling the day's events at dinner with his friends Robin and Rachel, Joe reveals the impact the accident has had on his battered psyche. Ironically the balloon eventually lands safely,... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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An extraordinary event brought them together. A deadly obsession will tear them apart. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Obsessivo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£165,338 (United Kingdom), 28 November 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,610, 31 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$358,262, 20 February 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig appeared in Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), The Trench (1999), Layer Cake (2004), and this movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe: Wow...
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For Mary Selway (1936 - 2004) See more »


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Naima
Performed by John Coltrane
Written by John Coltrane
Published by Universal / Island Music Ltd on behalf of Jowcol Music Inc.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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Film superior to the book
7 May 2005 | by anatetevaleSee all my reviews

I remember reading Ian McEwan's book. I remember it took me a long time to do it, despite the fact I'm usually a fast reader. And I remember thinking, excellent plot, but I really don't like the author's writing. So I was very, very pleased to see this great story turned into a film, even better when this is a film which is carefully directed, produced and edited. It is not the most extraordinary thing in cinema, nevertheless it is a very good movie, dealing with the topic of madness in one of its most singular forms, the erotic delirium. The problem faced by Daniel Craig's character is a difficult one: is this man insane or am I going crazy? Who is mad and who is not?


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