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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: Romance, Drama

Production Co: Working Title Films

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  • 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

  • Nothing in Joe Wright's screen version of Ian McEwan's dense, internalized 2001 novel of secrets and lies should really work, but damn near everything does. It's some kind of miracle. Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance. show more

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