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Breathe (2017)

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The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

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Andy Serkis

Writer:

William Nicholson (screenplay)
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Robin Cavendish
Claire Foy ... Diana Cavendish
Ed Speleers ... Colin Campbell (as Edward Speleers)
Tom Hollander ... Bloggs Blacker / David Blacker
David Butler David Butler ... Estate Manager
Ben Lloyd-Hughes ... Dr. Don McQueen
Miranda Raison ... Mary Dawney
Camilla Rutherford ... Katherine Robertson
Andre Jacobs ... Governor
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Governor's Wife
Charles Streeter Charles Streeter ... RAF Lyneham Medic
Penny Downie ... Tid
Amit Shah ... Dr. Khan
Jonathan Hyde ... Dr. Entwistle
Emily Bevan ... Nurse Margaret
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Storyline

When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by Bleecker Street

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With Her Love, He Lived See more »


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Una razón para vivir See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,285, 15 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$490,131, 14 December 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,149,789, 1 April 2018
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Color

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2.76 : 1
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Interior and exterior scenes were shot at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, England. See more »

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They have a scene of them driving down the road in the van that shows the date 1965 and the song in the background is of Lee Marvin singing "I was born under a Wandering Star". That song came out with the movie Paint My Wagon in 1969 four years later. See more »

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Dr. Clement Aitken: May I begin by noting an interesting fact? At this conference on managing the lives of the severely disabled there are no disabled people present.
[general laughter]
Conference Chairman: Dr Aitken, forgive me, but the severely disabled are on life-support machines. So how could they be present?
[loud laughter in the room]
Dr. Clement Aitken: Um... well, allow me to introduce... um... Mr Robin Cavendish.
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Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Breathe (2017) See more »

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Wand'rin' Star
Written by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
Performed by Lee Marvin
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Love can conquer all
15 November 2017 | by SusanShopSee all my reviews

Saw this film last night without reading any previously written reviews, and I thought it absolutely outstanding. The devotion that Robin and Diana had for each other, encountering such a life altering event only one year into a marriage would likely destroy most marriages. Addressing the ignorance and lack of empathy from the medical community must have been a real slog, and it is to their credit that such amazing inroads were made to better the lives of polio victims and other disabled persons. While the world has become a better place for those "outside the norm", there is still so much yet to be done. The cast and Jonathan Cavendish should win all the BAFTAs and Oscars possible. This film gave me hope that we can all be better than we are.


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