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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The MPAA awarded the initial cut of the movie an X rating. Franco Zeffirelli subsequently made several cuts in the love scenes between Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt to achieve a lower rating. The movie was resubmitted to the MPAA five times before they awarded this an R rating. 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

Arthur Axelrod: [to David] I'll tell you something. Seeing you in love reminded me of what it's like. I never thought I could believe in all this a second time.
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Connections

Remade as Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreaming of You
Performed by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Written by Lionel Richie and Thomas McClary (as Thomas F. McClary)
Produced by Lionel Richie
PGP Music/Brockman Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Intersong Music
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Special memory for me
19 October 2006 | by mylarstarSee all my reviews

This movie has special meaning for me. I remember being 16 when I took the "love of my life" (who was 15) to see it. I had not seen it since...until tonight. For some reason, I had been thinking about this movie lately and looked on EBay and got it yesterday. I watched it tonight and cannot believe the memories it brought back. I was surprised to remember a lot of the scenes and lines throughout. It also made me terribly sad to remember that my "love" passed away in a car accident 3 years after we saw it together. The title song gets me every time. I cannot honestly say whether or not this is a "good" movie as far as "good" movies go. But I can say without a doubt that after watching this tonight for the first time in 25 years, this movie takes my heart to a place it hasn't been to since 1984 and made me remember an unforgettable night in 1981.

I guess that's what certain movies do, be it "good" or "bad".


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