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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: Drama, Romance

Production Co: Working Title Films

Distributors: Focus Features

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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

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

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

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