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Closing the Ring (2007)

A young man searches for the proper owner of a ring that belonged to a U.S. World War II bomber gunner who crashed in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 1, 1944.

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Peter Woodward
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Ethel Ann
Christopher Plummer ... Jack
Dylan Roberts ... Wilbur
Gene Dinovi Gene Dinovi ... Weeping Veteran
Neve Campbell ... Marie
Allan Hawco ... Peter Etty
Pete Postlethwaite ... Quinlan
Martin McCann ... Jimmy
Steve Franks Steve Franks ... Bugler
Chris Benson Chris Benson ... Local Sheriff
John Travers John Travers ... Young Quinlan
George Shane George Shane ... Maginty
Kirsty Stuart Kirsty Stuart ... Young Eleanor
Marie Jones Marie Jones ... Mrs. Doyle
Karen Lewis-Attenborough ... Mrs. Dean (as Karen Lewis)
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Storyline

Three intertwined stories of lost and unspoken love and the resulting secrets are presented. In one, which begins in 1941 Branagan, Michigan, twenty-one year old Ethel Ann socializes primarily with three male friends, who are all in love with her. She only loves one, Teddy Gordon, their mutual love known within the group. Her parents would never approve of Teddy, the poor country boy, who is building a house for her eventually to be able to show her parents that he is worth something in his love for her. Their relationship is interrupted by the U.S. entry into the war, into which all three men are going into battle. Before their departure, the three men enter into a pact unbeknownst to Ethel Ann. In two, which also takes place in Branagan, but in 1991, World War II U.S. Army Air Forces veteran, septuagenarian Chuck Harris, after an illness, has just passed away. Those that knew him always considered him the reliable one. His death leaves a void in his family, as there has always been ... Written by Huggo

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Discover the love of a lifetime

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief sexuality, nudity and violent images | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem gyűrűje See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,449,091
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chuck Harris died in 1991. See more »

Goofs

The B-17 being shown off in Michigan in 1941 is actually a B-17G, the final model, which did not have its first flight 'til 1943. the "chin gun" is the give-away. See more »

Quotes

Young Ethel Ann: I will always love you Teddy. I'll be yours till the day I die, I swear.
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Connections

Featured in Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014) See more »

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Moonlight Serenade
Music by Glenn Miller
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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well acted and with a romantic appeal
2 February 2017 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

This wasn't a successful movie at all. A love story aimed at an older audience, the kind of movie watchers preferring exposition to explosions. It can be defined a quality World War II drama that deserves to be more just another TV broadcast. The promise is the kind that might seem overly melodramatic if heard in a movie set in contemporary times but it is at home with the wartime realities so effectively rendered in Closing the Ring. Attenborough is a past master at this type of drama and shifts a lot between the decades, avoiding the confusion so common to non-linear films like this. The resemblance between the younger and older actors isn't striking, but their performances make this a minor issue.


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