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45 Years (2015)

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A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.


Andrew Haigh


Andrew Haigh, David Constantine (short story "In Another Country")
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 56 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Rampling ... Kate Mercer
Tom Courtenay ... Geoff Mercer
Geraldine James ... Lena
Dolly Wells ... Sally
David Sibley David Sibley ... George
Sam Alexander Sam Alexander ... Chris The Postman
Richard Cunningham ... Mr Watkins
Hannah Chalmers ... Travel Agent
Camille Ucan ... Café Waitress
Rufus Wright ... Jake


Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Sir Tom Courtenay) are planning to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with dozens of friends. The event is to take place soon in the community hall of Norwich, the town near which they live. A week before the party, Geoff receives a letter which, although he tries to hide it, obviously troubles him. When his wife asks him what is going on, Geoff tells her that the body of Katya, his first great love who disappeared fifty years before in the Alps, has just been found in a melting glacier. From then on, Geoff starts behaving more and more strangely and for the first time after so many years Kate asks herself who the man she married so long ago really is. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Do we really know our loved ones?


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In several scenes, Geoff (Sir Tom Courtenay) drinks his tea from a Hull City Association Football Club (AFC) mug. Courtenay is the President of the Hull City Official Supporters' Club. See more »


Geoff's friend says he's learning the ukulele (which is a small guitar) with the website Justin Guitar, as it's a good instrument for playing any music - not just George Formby. Although it was often said that Formby played the ukulele, his instrument was in fact a banjolele (a small banjo body with a fretted ukulele neck). See more »


Kate Mercer: Would you have married her?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play like a slide show. Every time before a new name appears on the screen, there is the unmistakable click of a slide projector. See more »


References Max My Love (1986) See more »


Nobody Knows
Written by Jetho Chaplin / Harry George Keyworth / Raithe Laurence
Performed by Chipper
Courtesy of Chipper
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Really feels like you're watching a couple that's been together for a very long time!
24 February 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'45 YEARS': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

British drama flick; about an elderly couple, that's about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, that suddenly has romantic difficulties, due to memories of a past relationship resurfacing. The movie was written and directed by Andrew Haigh; and it's based on the short story 'In Another Country', by David Constantine. The film stars Charlotte Rampling (who was nominated for an Academy Award, for her performance) and Tom Courtenay. The movie is very slow-paced; but interesting, and very well acted.

Kate (Rampling) and Geoff (Courtenay) are retired, and have been happily married for 45-years. They're about to celebrate their anniversary, in Norwich; after missing their 40th celebration (due to Geoff's medical complications). A week before the party, Geoff receives a letter from Switzerland; notifying him that the body of a past lover (from the 60s), has been found in a melting glacier there (where she fell, on a hiking trip). The news causes Geoff to reminisce, greatly; which doesn't sit well with Kate.

Like I said, the movie is very slow; but it also feels extremely real. The characters are very well developed; and it really feels like you're watching a couple that's been together for a very long time. Both Rampling and Courtenay are very good in the movie, and they make the film worth watching. It's a sad, but touching story.

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,775, 27 December 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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