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Damage (1992)

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A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

David Hare (screenplay), Josephine Hart (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Dr. Stephen
Juliette Binoche ... Anna
Miranda Richardson ... Ingrid
Rupert Graves ... Martyn
Ian Bannen ... Edward
Peter Stormare ... Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke Gemma Clarke ... Sally
Julian Fellowes ... Donald Lyndsay
Leslie Caron ... Elizabeth
Tony Doyle ... Prime Minister
Ray Gravell Ray Gravell ... Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
Susan Engel ... Miss Snow
David Thewlis ... Detective
Benjamin Whitrow ... Civil Servant
Jeff Nuttall Jeff Nuttall ... Trevor Leigh Davies MP
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Storyline

A member of Parliament (Irons) falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée. They pursue their affair with obsessive abandon despite the dangers of discovery and what it would do to his complacent life and his son. Completely obsessed, he wants to give up his current lifestyle to be with her. She has no intention of allowing him to do this, preferring to have her marriage to the son as a cover. They are eventually discovered, and must deal with the damage. Based on the novel by Josephine Hart. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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With love comes risk. With obsession comes... Damage. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Screenwriter David Hare had covered similar thematic territory earlier with Paris by Night (1988) which he wrote and directed for the screen. In that movie, Charlotte Rampling also portrays a politician who has an affair. An extract from Time Out, has a humorous extract, "The sex scenes make you consider the acting. Boredom is maybe the clue: Malle has been charting this territory since the late '50s, and co-scriptwriter David Hare said it all before in Paris by Night". See more »

Goofs

When Stephen is leaving Elizabeth to her hotel he is wearing a suit. When he requests the driver to stop and let him out of the car he is wearing an overcoat. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Stephen Fleming: All through dinner, I had one thought, one desire. To touch you. To hold you.
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Alternate Versions

USA version removed 1 minute of sexually-explicit footage in order to secure a R rating. European unrated version is available on video/laserdisc in USA. See more »

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Brilliant Satire
12 January 1999 | by apocalypse laterSee all my reviews

For this viewer, this was a brilliant satire of the type of self-important love stories that always leave us little people feeling somewhat unworthy. Usually the "star-crossed" lovers are celebrated (Doctor Zhivago, The English Patient), but here they are shown to be what they really are - selfish, shallow morons, callously destroying all that surrounds them in the name of their "special" love. Excellent!


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UK | France

Language:

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Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,707, 27 December 1992

Gross USA:

$7,532,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,532,911
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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