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Brideshead Revisited (2008)

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A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.

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Julian Jarrold
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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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Love is not ours to control See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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

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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After Charles "betrays" Sebastian in Venice, there is a shot of an altarpiece in an Italian church, with a depiction of the "Martyrdom of St. Sebastian." You can identify him by the arrows protruding from his body. See more »

Goofs

The water taxi that Charles, Sebastian and Julia take to Lord Marchmain's palazzo in Venice was built post-1960s. All Venetian water taxis before this were of solid wood construction, but the one used for filming is clearly of "cold-molded" construction, as one can readily see by the diagonal strips of veneer on the hull; something unknown before the advent of resin laid-up veneer hulls in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Charles Ryder: [suggestively] I can't sleep...
Julia Flyte: Try pyjamas!
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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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Brideshead . . . Revised? Brideshead . . . Reviled? Definitely NOT Brideshead Revisited
7 August 2008 | by mmckaibabSee all my reviews

Here is the ultimate definition of cowardice. Mr. Jarrold apparently wanted to make a period piece but didn't have the courage to actually write his own stuff from scratch, so he stole character names and isolated scenes from Evelyn Waugh's classic, then superimposed his own much less interesting, much more banal story. The crime is that the Waugh estate allowed this piece of tripe to be released under the name "Brideshead Revisited."

How far does this thing go from the original? Well, let's see. Waugh wrote a profound meditation on the power of memory, the inevitable tragedies of life and love, and the mystery of faith. Jarrold gives us a not-very-titillating bisexual love triangle with a pasted on last reel reveal of the main character's shallow motivation. Waugh's characters were rich, multi-layered creations. Jarrold's are plasticine clichés with no depth, no recognizable motivation, and no growth . . . hell, they don't even age. In the 15 or so years in which Jarrold sets his story his characters look EXACTLY the same at the end as they did at the beginning.

One has to wonder what Jarrold was thinking If he didn't want to make something even remotely resembling Waugh's work, why use its title and steal a handful of its scenes? Was it just that he didn't think he could sell "Last Love Triangle in 1920s Venice?"


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