Atonement

James McAvoy  Actor Keira Knightley  Actor Romola Garai  Actor Saoirse Ronan  Actor Vanessa Redgrave  Actor

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Contains:Nudity,Adult Situations,Rape & Sexual Abuse,Not For Children,Profanity,Sexual Situations,War Violence,Children in Peril

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Atonement

Theatrical Release Date: 2007 12 07 (USA - Limited)

UPC: 025193328526

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Nudity, Adult Situations, Rape & Sexual Abuse, Not For Children, Profanity, Sexual Situations, War Violence, Children in Peril]

Summary: A mischievous girl accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit, only to find that her words have irrevocably and permanently changed the lives of all involved in a film that re-teams the filmmakers behind Pride & Prejudice to adapt the best-selling 2002 novel by author Ian McEwan. The year is 1935, and as the summer heat takes hold, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis watches her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), get undressed and go frolicking in the garden fountain on her family's country estate. The housekeeper's son, Robbie (James McAvoy), a childhood friend and recent Cambridge graduate, also witnesses the innocent act. When Robbie and Cecilia subsequently cross a particularly sensitive boundary and the scheming Briony accuses Robbie of an unspeakable transgression for which the boy is wholly innocent, the repercussions of her unfounded claim threaten to affect all three for decades to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Romance

Awards: In Competition – Venice International Film Festival Film Presented – Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented – Vancouver International Film Festival Best Picture – National Board of Review Best Picture – New York Film Critics Online Best Picture – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Composer – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture - Drama – null Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – null Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – null Best Supporting Actress – null Best Director – null Best Screenplay – null Best Original Score – null Best Adapted Screenplay – Chicago Film Critics Association Best Original Score – Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography – Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture – Southeastern Film Critics Association Best Director – Southeastern Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay – Southeastern Film Critics Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – Golden Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Golden Satellite Award Best Adapted Screenplay – Golden Satellite Award Best Picture – Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Youth in Film Award - Female – Las Vegas Film Critics Association Best Editing – San Diego Film Critics Association Best Picture – Austin Film Critics Best Cinematography – American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography – Phoenix Film Critics Association Best Original Score – Phoenix Film Critics Association Best Young Actress – Phoenix Film Critics Association Best Picture – Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Art Direction in a Period Film – Art Directors Guild Best Score – Ohio Film Critics Best Picture – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Moti – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: Deleted scenes
Bringing the past to life: The making of Atonement
From novel to screen: Adapting a classic
Feature commentary with director Joe Wright

Atonement

Format: DVD

Release Date: 03/18/2008

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 123 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish,French

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Atonement
1. First Play (Main Titles) [6:19]
2. Two Figures By a Fountain [7:23]
3. Close Relations [6:32]
4. Written Apology [5:38]
5. Interference [6:57]
6. Act of Love [5:39]
7. Ho Harm Done [4:51]
8. False Witness [5:59]
9. Serving Time [8:15]
10. Save Me [6:29]
11. By the Sea [6:04]
12. Put Things Right [7:02]
13. Remembering [2:41]
14. Not Ready [5:00]
15. Can't Escape [3:37]
16. Wounded [5:39]
17. With My Own Eyes [3:11]
18. Telling the Truth [8:37]
19. Final Act [8:13]
20. End Titles [8:27]

Derek Armstrong

Joe Wright's Atonement is impressive for what it isn't as much as for what it is. For starters, it's not a straightforward period piece, though the presence of James McAvoy and Keira Knightley (alongside her Pride & Prejudice director) might suggest otherwise. Neither is it the least bit slow, with Wright's cinematic choices invigorating the narrative at every turn. It should be no surprise, then, that Atonement's marriage of lofty war-time subject matter and eye-opening technique earned it seven Oscar nominations. Viewers will find their eyes opened plenty wide -- even before noticing any technique -- by Atonement's raw sexuality, which immediately removes it from the tea-and-crumpet politeness of your average costume drama. McAvoy's Robbie has several smoldering encounters with Knightley's Cecelia, one involving a letter so lurid, it's downright smut. Crucially, these episodes are misinterpreted -- perhaps willfully -- by Cecilia's sister Briony (the Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan). Wright orchestrates these passages so they appear to be merely the whimsical misunderstandings of any good farce. But as the levity peels away toward sinister motivations and irrevocable repercussions, Atonement slouches into the scourges of war, leaving those parlors behind forever. Wright accomplishes all this through a memorable bag of tricks, including a repeating narrative structure that shows events interpreted from several perspectives; an indelible Oscar-winning score by Dario Marianelli, which utilizes typewriter keystrokes as percussion instruments; and one of the most ambitious uninterrupted shots ever recorded on film (by DP Seamus Mcgarvey). Perhaps second only to Children of Men's famous tracking shot in terms of modern achievement, this five-and-a-half-minute continuous take is a truly jaw-dropping sequence along the beach at Dunkirk, starting with the execution of several horses, then looping through all manner of minutely choreographed chaos without missing a beat. If there's any complaint here, it's that some viewers may feel shaken by the film's abrupt compartmentalization of its chronology, most notably during the final ten minutes, which have a somewhat spell-breaking effect. But most viewers should find themselves utterly enveloped by a movie far different than they may have prejudged. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Tim Bevan  Producer 
Richard Eyre  Executive Producer 
Eric Fellner  Producer 
Robert Fox  Executive Producer 
Christopher Hampton  Screenwriter 
Paul Webster  Producer 
Ian McEwan  Executive Producer 
Dario Marianelli  Composer (Music Score) 
Liza Chasin  Executive Producer 
Debra Hayward  Executive Producer 
Joe Wright  Director 
James McAvoy  Actor 
Keira Knightley  Actor 
Romola Garai  Actor 
Saoirse Ronan  Actor 
Vanessa Redgrave  Actor 
Allie MacKay  Actor 
Brenda Blethyn  Actor 
Julia Ann West  Actor 
Harriet Walter  Actor 
Juno Temple  Actor 
Charlie Von Simson  Actor 
Alfie Allen  Actor 
Patrick Kennedy  Actor 
Benedict Cumberbatch  Actor 
Peter Wight  Actor 
Leander Deeny  Actor 
Peter McNeil O'Connor  Actor 
Daniel Mays  Actor 
Nonso Anozie  Actor 
Michel Vuillermoz  Actor 
Lionel Abelanski  Actor 
Tobias Menzies  Actor 
Paul Stocker  Actor 
Alex Noodle  Actor 
Roger Evans  Actor 
Bronson Webb  Actor 
Ian Bonar  Actor 
Oliver Gilbert  Actor 
Jamie Beamish  Actor 
Johnny Harris  Actor 
Nick Bagnall  Actor 
Billy Seymour  Actor 
Neil Maskell  Actor 
Paul Harper  Actor 
Gina McKee  Actor 
Charlie Banks  Actor 
Madeleine Crowe  Actor 
Scarlett Dalton  Actor 
Olivia Grant  Actor 
Katy Lawrence  Actor 
Jade Moulla  Actor 
Georgia Oakley  Actor 
Alice Orr-Ewing  Actor 
Catherine Philps  Actor 
Bryony Reiss  Actor 
Sarah Shaul  Actor 
Anna Singleton  Actor 
Emily Thomson  Actor 
Michelle Duncan  Actor 
Kelly Scott  Actor 
Mark Holgate  Actor 
Ryan Kiggell  Actor 
Vivienne Gibbs  Actor 
Matthew Forest  Actor 
Richard Stacey  Actor 
Jay Quinn  Actor 
Jérémie Renier  Actor 
John Normington  Actor 
Jack Harcourt  Actor 
Ben Harcourt  Actor 
Tilly Vosburgh  Actor 
Angel Witney  Actor 
Bonnie Witney  Actor 
Webb. Bem  Actor 
Wendy Nottingham  Actor 
Anthony Minghella  Actor 

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