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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.

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Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Scott Spencer (novel), Judith Rascoe (screenplay)
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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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The greatest love story of all time. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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

This movie was released on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory on August 13, 2019 with new high-definition movie transfer taken from the interpositive presented in its original theatrical 1:85 aspect ratio. 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

Jade Butterfield: You know what I keep thinking about? A night in the house. I was a little girl, and then I saw David all alone. And I don't know. I just... I wanted to go to him. Was that wrong? I wasn't a happy little girl anymore. Something changed. The first time in my life I was me.
Ann Butterfield: Life goes on. We change.
Jade Butterfield: But it hurts. It hurts so much.
Ann Butterfield: Oh, Baby, it all happened so fast for you. When you live a lifetime you'll understand it.
Jade Butterfield: But he loved me. He loves me! No one will ever love me as much.
Ann Butterfield: Many people will...
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Referenced in Happy Gilmore (1996) See more »

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Endless Love
Performed by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie courtesy of Motown Records
Written and Produced by Lionel Richie
PGP Music/Brockman Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Intersong Music
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Nothing but crap!
17 June 2002 | by brianbradySee all my reviews

There is one reason and one reason only to see this film: if you want to see a very _young_ Brooke Shields naked. If you're into that kind of thing, go for it. Otherwise don't waste your time or money.

The acting sucks, the writing sucks, even the lighting sucks (all of the scenes are dark no matter what time of day it was). Who cares if Tom Cruise played a bit part in it.


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