Atonement Poster

Release Date: December 7th, 2007

DVD Release Date: March 18th, 2008

R|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia's jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony's deception results in his imprisonment, but hope for Cecilia and her beau increases when their paths cross during World War II.

Cast: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave, Juno Temple, Patrick Kennedy

Director: Joe Wright

Genres: Romance, Drama

Production Co: Working Title Films

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Passionate, Emotional, Growing up, Intense, 1940s, Deception, Fall, England, 1930s, Soldier, Sister, Girlfriend, Quest, Love

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  • With compelling and charismatic performances by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy as the lovers, and a stunning contribution from Romola Garai as their remorseful nemesis, the film goes directly to "The English Patient" territory and might also expect rapturous audiences and major awards. show more

  • A singular achievement -- romantic, sensuous, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity. show more

  • In the end, Atonement sorts truth from fiction as it delivers a shattering kick to the solar plexus. show more

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Awards

Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Art Direction
Winner Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)