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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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John Maybury
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The only thing more dangerous than war... is love. 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

A previous attempt at making a film about the life of Dylan Thomas was to have starred Gary Oldman as Thomas and Uma Thurman as Caitlin Thomas. See more »

Goofs

The air war scenes outside (as opposed to the opening film scenes in the Underground) purport to show London being bombed during the Blitz. The scenes actually were other film footage as Germany used no four motor bombers during the Blitz. The clip actually depicts British 'heavies' bombing Dresden by night near the war's end. See more »

Quotes

William Killick: You have a raindrop running down your cheek, just like a tear.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Careless Love
Lyrics by John Maybury
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Published by Anlon Music Co.
Produced by Angelo Badalamenti
Courtesy of W14 Music
Under License from Universal Music Operations
Performed by Siouxsie Sioux
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A humanistic tale
13 July 2008 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

Set during the Second World War in both London and Wales, this film portrays the complex relationships between four real-life characters: the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (played by Welsh actor Matthew Rhys abandoning his American accent from the US television series "Brothers And Sisters"), his Irish wife Caitlin MacNamara (British actress Sienna Miller), his first love Vera Phillips (another British actress Keira Knightley) and Vera's husband the British soldier Captain William Killick (Irish actor Cillian Murphy). Many of the incidents represented are a matter of record but other occurrences are simply speculation on the part of screenwriter Sharman Macdonald (Knightley's mother).

In truth, it is Keira Knightley's film. Her striking physiognomy always makes her a pleasure to watch, but this is the finest performance of her young (still only 23) career, as she effects a decent Welsh accent and even sings in a nuanced act of thespian of which she can be proud. Director John Maybury does not make the character or the poetry of Dylan Thomas any more accessible but the bonding and bruising between his wife and his lover make for a humanistic tale.


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