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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Shirley Knight begged Franco Zeffirelli to cast Rosanna Arquette, Linda Blair, Bo Derek, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kristy McNichol, Michelle Pfeiffer or Debra Winger for the role of Jade Butterfield, as she felt that 16-year-old Brooke Shields did not have the right talent for the role. 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

Hugh Butterfield: [sternly] David. I don't want you to go into the house.
David Axelrod: [looking back at him] Why? What's the matter?
Hugh Butterfield: [continues cleaning his car] You and Jade won't be seeing each other for a while.
David Axelrod: [incredulously] What?
Hugh Butterfield: You heard what I said. This thing's gotten totally out of control. I made a mistake giving you so much freedom around here. Now Jade's fallen behind in her schoolwork, she can't sleep at night.
David Axelrod: Just a second. I mean, Jade didn't say anything to me about this.
Hugh Butterfield: Well, I'm telling you. I want you to ...
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Referenced in Bingo, Bridesmaids & Braces (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Glass
Performed by Blondie
Written by Debbie Harry / Chris Stein
Rare Blue Music (ASCAP)
Blondie courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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endless bore
9 June 1999 | by CaitlinSee all my reviews

It's not a terrible movie, despite the wooden performances of the two lead actors. But this story of obsessive love and tragedy never becomes involving or interesting, and feels like it's much too long despite the relatively short running time.

The film does have two redeeming factors: beautiful cinematography and the legendary title song.


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