Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  123 min.
Release Date: December 7, 2007 (limited)
DVD: March 18, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 3.91
based on 310 votes and 50 reviews
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Cast: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfie Allen


In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony’s vivid imagination. Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the educated son of the family’s housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony’s headstrong older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley). Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony -- who has a crush on Robbie -- is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested -- and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever.

Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love.

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Movie: Atonement

Director: Joe Wright
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Tim Bevan, Paul Webster, Eric Fellner
Screenplay: Christopher Hampton
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  • 5 stars "all time favorite movie. every aspect was brilliant."
  • 5 stars "Acting in this film was superb! The storyline was fantastic! And the overall execution was haunting! A very emotional movie."
  • 5 stars "Film adaptation of Ian McEwan's tragic novel. For an adult male to painstakingly recreate the inner world of a 13 year old girl is admirable. To deftly drawn us into the horrors of war and wrap it in a love story is worthly of applause. Such is the breadth of Atonement. It's faithful to the book but like all screenplays some details are missing - and none of the essence has been lost. Much of the dialogue is drawn directly from the pages and the period as well as the costumes ring true - all the way down to Marshall's loafers. Strongly recommended, especially for the breath-taking 6 minute tracking sequence along the beach at Dunkirk."