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The Edge of Love (2008)

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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Armstrong ... Wilfred Hosgood
Ben Batt ... Sergeant
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Registrar
Rachel Bell ... Midwife
Paul Brooke ... Mr. Justice Singleton
Huw Ceredig Huw Ceredig ... John Patrick
Richard Clifford ... Alistair Graham
Richard Dillane ... Lt Col David Talbot Rice
Joel Dommett ... Train Soldier
Rachel Essex Rachel Essex ... Mel
Craig Gallivan ... Sailor Beating Dylan
Callum Godfrey Callum Godfrey ... Boy on Train
Simon Kassianides ... Partisan
Keira Knightley ... Vera Phillips
Anne Lambton ... Anita Shenkin
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Storyline

Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both. The passion and pathos of legendary poet Dylan Thomas is told through the lives of two extraordinary women. Vera Phillips and Dylan were teenage loves; fast forward ten years and the two reconnect in London. She's working as a singer whilst he's churning out scripts for government propaganda films and living off the last in a long line of infatuated women. The two former lovers feel the thunderbolt once more, but Thomas is now married to the adventurous Caitlin. Despite their love-rival status, the women form a surprising friendship. Caitlin indulges in her own infidelities, and recognises a similar adventurous spirit in her husband. But she knows his connection with Vera is something different, not to mention dangerous. Romantic turmoil continues in Vera's life. She marries her devoted admirer William Killick, but she can't deny the chemistry between herself and Dylan, nor does she ... Written by paul@keiraweb.com

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Friendship joined them, love tore them apart See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, language and disturbing war images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Capitol Films | Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

20 June 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem határai See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£180,837 (United Kingdom), 20 June 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,944, 13 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,635, 5 April 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keira Knightley does all of her own singing in the film. She worked with vocal coach Claire Underwood to prepare for the film. See more »

Goofs

There isn't, nor ever was, a railway station at New Quay, Wales. See more »

Quotes

William Killick: Live while you can, live all you can.
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Connections

Referenced in Uned 5: Episode dated 20 June 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much
Written by Irving Berlin (as Berlin)
By Kind Permission of Warner Chappell Music Limited
Performed by Keira Knightley
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At times, edge of seat stuff
23 July 2009 | by pdelamoreSee all my reviews

This is primarily about love in WWII, yet we must remember that it's also a biopic for Dylan Thomas and those around him at this particular stage in his life.

The movie's timing is just great. It really captures what I think would have been the spirit during those times; smiling and hoping you're not going to get bombed. While it may prove boring to some, the movie does have a particularly dangerous edge to it.

At one point, my heart was racing towards the end as the movie hits its climax. It really does feature some poignant moments that are handled with skill by the four main actors. Cillian Murphy is on fine form here, as is Matthew Rhys. Both are polar opposites and it makes for an interesting watch. The relationship formed between Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley's characters is wonderful and we have the acting to thank (and watch out for a cameo by Suggs of 'Madness').

Despite all of this, it's a rather slow movie. Coupled with the fact it's just shy of two hours, it's quite a slog to get to the conclusion.

Overall, it's a solid non-fiction war movie with many wonderfully crafted moments that were no doubt helped by the splendid number of well-known British names behind the scenes. But it really does drone on for too much at times. Still, a worthwhile watch. 7/10


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