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USA: Focus Features
UK: Universal Pictures International (UK)
Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave, Saoirse Ronan, Patrick Kennedy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple, Peter Wight, Harriet Walter, Michelle Duncan, Gina McKee, Daniel Mays, Nonso Anozie, Julia West, Ailidh Mackay, Pierrot Quincey, Jackson Quincey, Danny Hardman, Leander Deeny, Peter McNeil O'Connor, Wendy Nottingham, Anthony Minghella, Michel Vuillermoz, Lionel Abelanski, Tobias Menzies, Paul Stocker, Alex Noodle, Roger Evans, Bronson Webb, Ian Bonar, Oliver Gilbert, Jamie Beamish, Johnny Harris, Nick Bagnall, Billy Seymour, Neil Maskell, Paul Harper, Charlie Banks, Madeleine Crowe, Scarlett Dalton, Olivia Grant, Katy Lawrence, Jade Moulla, Georgia Oakley, Alice Orr-Ewing, Catherine Philps, Bryony Reiss, Sarah Shaul, Anna Singleton, Emily Thomson, Kelly Scott, Mark Holgate, Ryan Kiggell, Vivienne Gibbs, Matthew Forest, Richard Stacey, Jay Quinn, Jeremie Renier, John Normington, Jack Harcourt, Ben Harcourt, Tilly Vosburgh, Angel Witney, Bonnie Witney, Ben Webb
Director: Joe Wright
UK: 122 mins
USA Rated: R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality
UK Certificate: 15 contains very strong language, bloody injuries and moderate sex
USA Release Date: 7 December 2007 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 7 September 2007
UK DVD Release Date: 7 September 2007
ATONEMENT is a period drama set in England in 1935. It is the hottest day of the year so far and World War II is looming on the horizon. Briony Tallis (Romola Garai) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous Victorian Gothic mansion and as the family gathers for the weekend, the combination of the oppressive heat and long suppressed emotions coming to the surface create an ominous sense of threat and danger.
Briony, a fledgling writer, is a girl with a vivid imagination. Through a series of catastrophic misunderstandings she accuses Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the housekeeper's son and lover of her sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley), of a crime he did not commit. This accusation destroys Robbie and Cecilia's fledgling love and dramatically alters the course of all their lives.
Based on the best selling novel by Ian McEwan, filming took place on location in Shropshire, London, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Grimsby and Redcar in the UK.
Extras: Deleted scenes with commentary by Director Joe Wright (7:30)
Exclusive footage not seen including:
Briony Rips Poster
Emily Speaks to Jack
Cecilia and Leon on Terrace
Dunkirk: Alternative Start
Walking through the fields
Under the bridge
The Making of Atonement (26:49)
Watch the new become old as the filmmakers recreate the English Countryside of 1935, the famous Dunkirk evacuation and the drama of war torn WWII London.
Novel to Screen (5:01)
Once again director Joe Wright takes a classic period story and re-invigorates it for a new audience. Re-uniting the director, producer and star of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, we look at how Joe's modern style of film-making brings these novels alive.
Feature Commentary with Director Joe Wright