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Atonement

Released on 04 February 2008

Featuring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy & Romola Garai

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia (Kiera Knightley) strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge.

By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination, and Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will colour her entire life.


  • Deleted Scenes.
  • Making-Of.
  • Directors Commentary
  • Novel to the Screen Feature.

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 Average rating (107 reviews)

 A brilliant film and technically superb!

| | See all jontystar's reviews (5)

I realise nobody will probably ever read this, but....

I too found it slow at the start, and the 'clipped' period accents just a little OTT. However, once it got going I really appreciated the pure quality and expertise of the production values.
The Director - controlled the pace and level of the performances brilliantly. The Editor - cut it with great integrity and sensitivity, which married seamlessly with the WONDERFUL underscoring.
The scene on the beach at Dunkirque took me to delights not witnessed since the final kissing scenes of 'Cinema Paradiso' where the score & pictures supported & complemented each other. The long, long shot takes us on a journey, and the score builds as the pictures become more intense. Listen to how the music score blends with the Soldier's Hymn singing. Brilliant!
Eventually I was engaged & engrossed. Shedding a tear I realised this was a film of outstanding quality. How refreshing after all the US rubbish forced upon us! Well done all.

 An Amazing Film

| | See all Angelusbane's reviews (7)

Everything about this film is impressive. The area, the morals and the atmosphere of the era is reconstructed in this well acted (and directed) film. A little girls imagination leads to a series of events that will change the lives of several people.

This film is true to the book as much as possible. The book has over 120000 words and the film was condensed into a screenplay of 25000. Nothing is left out and I was gripped until the credits where I left with a lump in my throat.

Well worth watching.

 Atonement

| | See all spud2000's reviews (2)

Not the genre that I ordinarily go for. but I have to be honest the hype surrounding this film is justly deserved, an important piece of cinema that blew me away, the performances of McAvoy, Knightley and more importantly Saoirse Ronan as the young Briony were fantastic and will keep you gripped. Many awards are on the way. Just a shame 5 stars is the highest I could give.

 Very good - you might well be surprised

| | See all Long123's reviews (36)

An excellent and well enjoyable film. Even if you don't normally go in for these fuddy-duddy period dramas this is a top notch film. Not one of those films that are over-complicated, all about complex social issues and boring. No, this is a very original movie, filmed using modern techniques and in a way that allows the early 20th Century to appeal to viewers from the 21st.

It is also action-packed, sad, romantic and intriguing. And, most importantly, it is not all set in some big old posh house - it moves between a stunning mansion, the streets of London, a bed-sit and Dunkirk in World War II. It shows the impact of child-hood imagination and distortion, only seeing part of the story (excellently portrayed by flicking back and forth from what the young accusing girl sees and what actually happens and the reasons behind it - eye openingly so), lies and the sense of betrayal, strict social morés and failure to adhere to them, and going away to war and being left behind.

Oh, and Keira Knightley is superb - in every way!

 wow

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this film is amazing the plot is truly hauntingly beautiful and after seeing it once i could not get it off my mind you really feel for the character and all they are going through all the actors are brilliant in this kiera knightly is wonderful (the first time i have seen her as a worthwhile leading lady) and Saoirse Ronan is brilliant as the young briony also ramola garai is good as well but as usual it is the incredible james mcavoy who steals the show his acting seems to get better and better and by the end of this film i had sobbed buckets for the poor hero he seems to be criminally overlooked in all of his roles no oscar nomination yet again i think its a travesty but if you want to see a oscar worthy film then buy atonement it is stunning visually thought provoking and most of all one of the most romantic tragic and truly beautiful stories ever told it really is a film you will want to watch again and again!!!

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ActorsKeira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave, Juno Temple, Betty White & Abbie Cornish
DirectorJoe Wright
Certificate15 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesItalian
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Italian
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration2 hours and 10 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.