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Endless Love (1981)

R | | Drama, Romance | 17 July 1981 (USA)
A high school student's love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance and accident. He burned down her family's house and was committed in a mental hospital.

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Scott Spencer (novel), Judith Rascoe (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Jade
Martin Hewitt ... David
Shirley Knight ... Ann
Don Murray ... Hugh
Richard Kiley ... Arthur
Beatrice Straight ... Rose
James Spader ... Keith (as Jimmy Spader)
Ian Ziering ... Sammy
Robert Moore Robert Moore ... Dr. Miller
Penelope Milford ... Ingrid
Jan Miner Jan Miner ... Mrs. Switzer
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Mr. Switzer
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Judge
Vida Wright Vida Wright ... Sonia
Jeffrey Marcus ... Leonard (as Jeff Marcus)
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Storyline

Two young teenagers, Jade Butterfield and David Axelrod, fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for Jade's bohemian parents. Her parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent to a mental hospital. This doesn't stop him from seeing her. When he gets out, he goes to look for her and remains in love with her. But in the end, the passion for his first love is too strong and she has to leave or this love will kill both of them. Written by Jonathan Catt <jcatt@execpc.com>

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She is 15. He is 17. The love every parent fears. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Endless Love See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,163,623, 19 July 1981

Gross USA:

$31,184,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,492,674
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Movie debuts of Tom Cruise, Ian Ziering and Jami Gertz. See more »

Goofs

At night, as David is starting the fire, when the wind in the trees is shown, day-for-night filming fails to hide that the sunny blue sky can clearly be seen through the foliage. See more »

Quotes

David Axelrod: I heard you were writing again. It's great. Tell me... That story you wrote about me. Do you have a copy? I'd like to read it sometime.
Ann Butterfield: It isn't just about you. It's about you and Jade and me. It's about the time I saw the two of you making love.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) See more »

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Dreamin'
Performed by Cliff Richard
Written by Alan Tarney / Leo Sayer
Rare Blue Music (ASCAP) / ATV Music (BMI) / Long Manor Ltd. (PRS)
Cliff Richard Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Just strange...
14 April 2007 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

I will have to read the novel this is based on because, overall the effect of the story in unrealistic, and frankly, strange.

Yes, Brooke Shields looks lovely. Her sometime boyfriend is apparently obsessive. We see the usual nebulous references to psychiatry, which was a prevalent plot twist during this time period. When a story plot could not gel, the psychiatric angle would be thrown in to the story (Think: "Prom Night", "Halloween" or "Lipstick").

Don Murray as the ever concerned but clueless father, once again. Disjointed families, divorce and early 80's drama. Not the worst, but certainly could have been better. The hospital and diagnosis of the obsessive boyfriend were completely surreal. 4/10


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