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Brideshead Revisited (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 15 August 2008 (USA)
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A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.

Director:

Julian Jarrold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Goode ... Charles Ryder
Thomas Morrison Thomas Morrison ... Hooper
David Barrass David Barrass ... Ship's Barber
Anna Madeley ... Celia Ryder
Sarah Crowden ... Lady Guest
Stephen Carlile Stephen Carlile ... English Lord
Peter Barnes Peter Barnes ... American Professor
Hayley Atwell ... Julia Flyte
Patrick Malahide ... Mr Ryder
Richard Teverson ... Cousin Jasper
Joseph Beattie ... Anthony Blanche
Ben Whishaw ... Sebastian Flyte
Roger Walker Roger Walker ... Lunt
Mark Field ... Boy Mulcaster
Mark Edel-Hunt Mark Edel-Hunt ... Oxford Student
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Storyline

WWII. Charles Ryder, in his civilian life, rose out of his middle class London background, which includes being an atheist and having a distant relationship with his eccentric father, to become an up and coming artist. He is currently an army officer, who is stationed at a makeshift camp set up at Brideshead estate before imminently getting shipped into battle. The locale, which is not unfamiliar to him, makes him reminisce about what ended up being his doomed relationship with Brideshead's owners, the Flytes, an ostentatiously wealthy family. Charles first met Sebastian Flyte when they both were students at Oxford, where Sebastian surprisingly welcomed Charles into his circle of equally wealthy, somewhat stuck up and flamboyant friends. Charles ended up getting caught up in Sebastian's family struggles, where Sebastian used excessive alcohol to deal with the pain resulting from his family relationships. Although Charles and Sebastian were more than just friends, Charles ultimately ... Written by Huggo

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Every temptation has its price. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Italy | Morocco

Language:

English | Italian | Arabic | Latin | French

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Regreso a Brideshead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£375,270 (United Kingdom), 5 October 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$339,616, 27 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,414,563, 21 September 2008
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the Oxford scenes, real Oxford students were recruited to play their 1920's counterparts. For the scene where Charles and Sebastian first meet, real members of the exclusive Bullingdon Club can be seen behind him wearing their traditional blazers. A few of them can also be seen in the luncheon scene that takes place the next day. See more »

Goofs

In Lord Marchmain's deathbed scene, Fr. Mackay imparts absolution while Charles Ryder and members of the family are in attendance. Absolution is never imparted in public in this way. The others would have been asked to step out. Moreover, the Latin form of the absolution given, although it is the correct traditional one, is badly mispronounced and contains several errors in the details of the Latin text. See more »

Quotes

Lady Marchmain: Drinking is not a hobby, Sebastian.
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Version of Brideshead Revisited (1981) See more »

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With the Rumba Playing
Music & Lyrics by Terry Davies
Violin by Chris Garrick
Guitar by John Etheridge
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Strangely cold
5 October 2008 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

I haven't read Evelyn Waugh's famous 1945 novel or seen Granada's acclaimed 1981 television adaptation. so I approached the story fresh, as indeed will most viewers of this quintessentially England tale of the repressive nature of religion and class. I understand that the adaptation by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock has taken some liberties with the original, more subtle narrative, but this is inevitable in a work of just 133 minutes compared to the 11 episodes of the television series.

Directed by the English Julian Jarrold who made "Becoming Jane", the film has many strengths. There are wonderful locations in Oxford, Venice, Morocco and above all Castle Howard in North Yorkshire standing in - as in the television version - as the eponymous country house that is almost a character in itself. The script contains some fine lines - often very cutting and very cruel. Above all, there is some accomplished acting, both from veterans Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson as Lord and Lady Marchmain and newcomers Ben Whishaw and Hayley Attwell as their son Sebastian and daughter Julia and Matthew Goode as Charles Ryder, a young artist who falls in love in different ways with both Sebastian and Julia as well as their home and style.

Sadly, however, ultimately the whole film seems somewhat pedestrian and leaves one feeling strangely cold and disconnected.


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