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123 min
Drama | Mystery | Romance | War
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Joe Wright
Won Oscar. Another 50 wins & 123 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2008-01-11
Filming Locations: British Steel works, now Tata Steel works, Redcar, England, UK
Budget: $30,000,000
Opening Weekend: $796,836 (USA) (9 December 2007)
Gross: $50,921,738 (USA) (6 April 2008)
Juno Temple
Juno Temple
Saoirse Ronan
Briony Tallis, aged 13
Ailidh Mackay
Singing Housemaid
Brenda Blethyn
Grace Turner
Julia West
James McAvoy
Robbie Turner
Harriet Walter
Emily Tallis
Keira Knightley
Cecilia Tallis
Felix von Simson
Pierrot Quincey
Charlie von Simson
Jackson Quincey
Patrick Kennedy
Leon Tallis
Benedict Cumberbatch
Paul Marshall
Peter Wight
Police Inspector
Leander Deeny
Police Constable
Peter O'Connor
Police Sergeant (as Peter McNeil O'Connor)
Nonso Anozie
Frank Mace
Michel Vuillermoz
Lionel Abelanski
Tobias Menzies
Naval Officer
Paul Stocker
Crying Soldier
Alex Noodle
Solitary Sunbather
Roger Evans
Beach Soldier
Bronson Webb
Beach Soldier
Ian Bonar
Beach Soldier
Oliver Gilbert
Beach Soldier
Jamie Beamish
Soldier in Bray Bar
Johnny Harris
Soldier in Bray Bar
Nick Bagnall
Soldier in Bray Bar
Billy Seymour
Soldier in Bray Bar
Neil Maskell
Soldier in Bray Bar
Paul Harper
Soldier with Ukeleke
Gina McKee
Sister Drummond
Charlie Banks
Probationary Nurse
Madeline Crowe
Probationary Nurse (as Madeleine Crowe)
Scarlett Dalton
Probationary Nurse
Olivia Grant
Probationary Nurse
Katy Lawrence
Probationary Nurse
Jade Moulla
Probationary Nurse
Georgia Oakley
Probationary Nurse
Alice Orr-Ewing
Probationary Nurse
Catherine Philps
Probationary Nurse
Bryony Reiss
Probationary Nurse
Sarah Shaul
Probationary Nurse
Anna Singleton
Probationary Nurse
Emily Thomson
Probationary Nurse
Michelle Duncan
Fiona Maguire
Romola Garai
Briony Tallis, 18
Kelly Scott
Hospital Admin Assistant
Mark Holgate
Soldier at Hospital Entrance
Ryan Kiggell
Vivienne Gibbs
Staff Nurse
Matthew Forest
Second Soldier at Hospital Entrance
Richard Stacey
Injured Sergeant
Jay Quinn
Soldier Who Looks Like Robbie
Jérémie Renier
Luc Cornet (as Jérémie Rénier)
John Normington
Jack Harcourt
Pierrot Quincey, 14
Ben Harcourt
Jackson Quincey, 14
Tilly Vosburgh
Mother of Evacuees
Angel Witney
Evacuee Child
Bonnie Witney
Evacuee Child
Ben Webb
Evacuee Child
Wendy Nottingham
Mrs. Jarvis
Vanessa Redgrave
Older Briony
Anthony Minghella
Tom Barker
Boy in Tunnel (uncredited)
Ro Barrett
Soldier (uncredited)
James Fiddy
RAF Officer (uncredited)
Elliott Francis
Soldier (uncredited)
Craig Leonard
Bandstand singer (uncredited)
Christopher Maudsley
Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Rooke
Soldier (uncredited)
Did you know?
The Dunkirk street scenes and generator room scenes were filmed on Grimsby Docks.
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Before this movie was even released, Saoirse Ronan had already been cast in The Lovely Bones (2009) based solely on a compelling audition DVD she'd sent director Peter Jackson.
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The movie playing in the Dunkirk theater is Port of Shadows (1938), whose plot concerns a deserting soldier trying to get out of France.
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In the scene where the older Briony visits Cecilia, the actor's marks, which are bright orange strips of tape, are clearly visible on the floor next to Cecilia's feet.
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As the film opens, "England 1935" is displayed. When Robbie is in France, "Four years later" is displayed, which would mean 1939. But the retreat to Dunkirk, during which the scene took place, was in the second half of May 1940, which would be nearly 5 years later.
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In the scene when Robbie types the letter, he starts it with "In my dreams" and then presses return and starts a NEW line with "I kiss your c**t..." But later when Briony opens the letter after the rape has occurred, the first line in the letter is "In my dreams I". The second line then starts "kiss your c**t, your sweet wet c**t."
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Robbie Turner: Have you been in touch with your family?
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Robbie Turner: Come on, pal. You should be getting dressed.
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Tommy Nettle: No one speaks the fucking lingo out here. You can't say 'pass the biscuit' or 'where's me hand grenade?', they just shrug. Cause they hate us too. I mean, that's the point. We fight in France and the French fucking hate us. Make me Home Secretary and I'll sort this out in a fucking minute. We got India and Africa, right? Jerry can have France and Belgium and whatever else they want. Who's fucking ever been to Poland? It's all about room, Empire. They want more empire, give 'em this shithole, we keep ours and it's Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your fucking aunt! Think about it.
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Music in the Atonement trailer
The music in the second half of the Atonement trailer is 'The Vision' by X-Ray Dog.X-Ray Dog compose music for trailers etc and is not available commercially.'The Vision' is not included on the Atonement soundtrack.
The scene where Robbie sees a bit of a movie on a projector ? What was the movie ?
Port Of Shadows 1938
What happens at the end?
Joe Wright and Ian McEwan (the director and the writer of the original novel, respectively) mislead the audience about what happened between Robbie and Cecilia, and between the couple and Briony.The meeting between Robbie and Cecilia at the cafe was the last time the two ever saw each other; after that, Cecilia gave Robbie the photo of the Beach House where she wanted to holiday with him when he had a short leave after completing his basic military training. Robbie departs for his military training, but before it is completed and he can take his leave the Germans invade France and he is shipped off to France where he dies in the retreat to Dunkirk.After their kiss on the street outside the tea shop they never see each other again. Robbie was killed several months before Cecilia, and she probably spent the rest of her short life mourning the loss of him.The last true thing we see is Briony attending Lola and Marshall's wedding where she suddenly realizes she was wrong about Robbie. Briony had convinced herself that it was Robbie, to prevent her from facing the truth, but when faced with Marshall, she could no longer deny it, and she wanted to apologize to them. This for Briony is a huge revelation; she realizes what she has done, and how, now, it cannot be undone.Robbie died on 1 June 1940; Cecilia died in October 1940. Therefore the meeting that happens directly after the wedding, when Briony goes to apologize, is the film's depiction of a fictional part of the novel (otherwise entirely factual) she has written. She fictionalized what would have happened if Robbie had not died, and how they would have reacted to her coming to visit. At the time, the audience believes this to have happened, but we find out (during the interview that ends the movie) that Robbie had died some weeks before this encounter (of septicemia at Dunkirk) at Cecilia's apartment happened. Although Cecilia was still alive at that point and would live for about another four months until dying in the Underground Station bomb shelter during the Blitz.The same is true with the shot of Robbie and Cecilia walking down the beach together. Again it was Briony thinking about what they would have done if they were able to go to that beach house together.In McEwan's novel (which essentially is Briony's novel) there is no scene of Robbie and Cecilia at the cottage, but the presumption is that they would have had their romantic trip to the cottage after Robbie's training.McEwan's (Briony's) novel just leaves Robbie and Celelia on a London street at the end of the story. After the fictional meeting at Cecilia's apartment they accompanied Briony to the Underground station so she could take the tube back to the hospital. And they are simply left at that point with whatever future they could make or wanted to make before them. Leaving them with that possible future before them is how she set them free to explore their love and share their lives.In the novel Briony writes about these two events she invented (the meeting at the apartment, and Robbie and Cecilia at the beach) saying, "I gave them happiness, but I was not so self-serving as to let them forgive me."Briony spent decades writing versions of her book, and as she says her 'newest book is actually her oldest book.' - a multiple reference referring variously to her previous attempts to get this story right, to the time when she was thirteen and for the first time let her talent for narrative fiction unfold as a real life 'play'. It was her way of giving them back what she had taken.A clue to the areas of fiction is the constant use of the sound effects of a typewriter in the actual scenes, in the inter-titles, and in the film score. The soundtrack is rich with clues and creative interactions. Note the playful plucking of the piano string in the drawing room in tune and tempo with the atmospheric off-scene soundtrack.Another interesting visual clue: Notice how when the young Briony is sitting in the library telling the police inspector how she definitely saw Robbie raping Lola the background behind her goes all to black (then her mother's hand on her shoulder to let her know she was doing the 'right' thing). Then at the end in the television studio as the elderly Briony begins to finally tell the truth the background behind her again goes to black. Wright is giving us visual bookends: the background going to black for the first time when Briony begins to tell her lies and then again when she begins to tell the truth.
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Photos from cast
Alfie Allen Daniel Mays Juno Temple