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Atonement (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

James McAvoy , Keira Knightley , Joe Wright  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave
  • Directors: Joe Wright
  • Writers: Christopher Hampton
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013XZ6X4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Atonement (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Joe Wright
  • The Making of Atonement
  • Novel to the Screen
  • Feature Commentary with Director Joe Wright

  • Editorial Reviews

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    Director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice) gives Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel a sumptuous treatment for the screen that should come to be regarded as one of the defining films of the epic romantic drama. Indeed, everything about this film stems from those three words: there is little here that is not epic, romantic, and dramatic, and Atonement is a film that masterfully expresses the overarching sense of adventure and emotion that such stories are meant to convey. In this instance, the story centers around the love story of highborn Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy, in a star-making turn), in England shortly before World War II. Despite their class differences, they are powerfully attracted to each other, and just as their relationship begins Robbie is tragically forced away due to false accusations from Cecilia’s younger sister Briony (Saoirse Ronan). She has a crush on Robbie, too, and after reading a private letter he sent to Cecilia, and then witnessing the first expression of their mutual love but mistaking it for mistreatment, her resentment grows until it leads to her telling the lie that will send Robbie away. Soon World War II breaks out; Robbie enlists and is posted to France, Cecilia is a nurse in London, and Briony, now age 18 and aware of what she has done, tries to atone for her actions--but none of them will be able to get back what they have lost. Knightley and McAvoy are perfectly cast as the young star crossed lovers, and the young Ronan is particularly impressive, but it’s clear that the real star of this film is the director. Wright allows Atonement to revel in every moment of its story and each scene is compelling in its own way, but that now famous extended shot with Robbie on the beach at Dunkirk--filmed in one take and sure to be considered one of the great long tracking shots in film history--is the most memorable moment in this remarkable film. Atonement is an excellent example of what can happen when a great book meets great filmmaking. This is one that is not to be missed. --Daniel Vancini

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    From the award-winning director of Pride and Prejudice comes a stunning, critically acclaimed epic story of love. When a young girl catches her sister in a passionate embrace with a childhood friend, her jealousy drives her to tell a lie that will irrevocably change the course of all their lives forever. Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and James McAvoy lead an all-star cast in the film critics are hailing "the year's best picture" (Thelma Adams, US Weekly).

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    60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Completely mesmerizing December 18, 2007
    "Atonement" is a great example of an excellent book that was seamlessly adapted for the big screen.

    Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, "Atonement" is the story of Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), a 13-year-old girl growing up in England in the year 1935. Briony is a very intense girl who is obsessed with storytelling. She witnesses a series of events between her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), and Robbie (James McAvoy), the son of the Tallis family's housekeeper. Briony things she understands what she sees, but she really doesn't. When a terrible crime is committed, Briony points the finger at the wrong man, sending an innocent person to prison and leaving Cecilia absolutely devastated.

    This is an amazing story about love, truth, and justice. I have read McEwan's novel, and I was blown away by how well this story transferred to the screen. Everything in the film looked just the way I'd envisioned it when I read the book, which is a great testament to the filmmakers. I was very impressed by many of the performances in the film, especially those of the actors portraying young Briony, Cecilia, and Robbie. Ronan is a superb young actress whose portrayal of Briony is absolutely brilliant. Knightley seems to get better and better with every film she makes, and "Atonement" is no exception. She brings Cecilia to life on screen and makes her evolve from a selfish girl with a high-and-mighty attitude to a passionate woman who will do anything to be with the man she loves. The on-screen chemistry between Knightley and McAvoy is unbelievably intense (that library scene...wow!). I think Cecilia and Robbie will become one of cinema's most treasured couples, right up there with Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.
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    86 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgiven January 5, 2008
    You will appreciate the movie more if you have read the novel. It is not a straightforward love story and definitely not a war epic. It is also not an English society story from the 30s, though it starts as such. A young girl with writing ambitions has her share of frustrations with family and with a failed crush. She sees things and misunderstands them involving her elder sister and her crush. This leads to false accusations, a wrong arrest, a life badly damaged, a love unfulfilled. The script handles the misperceptions of the girl perfectly, we get to see things in different versions. It is like time moving in loops.
    The middle part shows us the struggles of the two separated lovers towards getting back to each other in the middle of war. Dunkerk for him, London hospitals' nursing wards during the bombing of London for her. The younger sister repents and tries to make up, but is rejected.
    The final and shortest part is set in the recent past and has the former young girl explain what happened. You will find that the story makes perfect sense and is well constructed.
    The book was one of McEwan's better ones. The movie is on par with the novel: I have rarely seen a better adaptation of such a novel. The script deserves an Oscar, as does the cinematography. Some of the images are outstanding, e.g. the 3 soldiers walking dejectedly and lost through France or Flanders towards uncertainty and Dunkerk, and the we see a bomber fly over them, but we see it only as its reflection in the small canal. Look at the pictures!
    The cast is excellent and I disagree with those who think that KK is miscast, though her performance in Pride and Prejudice was more impressive.
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    151 of 184 people found the following review helpful
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    For those who have had the immense pleasure of reading Ian McEwan's ATONEMENT not once but several times, basking in not only the brilliant story/mystery but also in the inordinately beautiful language, rest assured that the film not only does the book justice in the transference to the screen, but in the hands of screenplay writer Christopher Hampton (we know that McEwan approved of the modifications as McEwan is one of the producers of the film) becomes even more clear in its realization of the complex plot and finds the visual beauty inherent in McEwan's prose. Joe Wright as director steers this story well, finding just the right amount of back and forth nonlinear development that formed the magic of McEwan's initial weaving.

    The cast is uniformly superb. From the initial self-centered liar Briony Tallis (an impressive Saoirse Ronan) to the years' later sorrowfully guilty young nurse Briony (Romola Garai) to the 'epilogue' Briony of Vanessa Redgrave, the entire story is adroitly centered on this perpetrator of tragedy. But without the power of James McAvoy's falsely accused Robby Turner and Keira Knightley's tragic Cecilia Tallis the triad would not work. Even the smaller yet important roles assigned to Gina McGee, Brenda Blethyn, Jérémie Renier and countless others are played to perfection.

    The cinematography by Seamus McGarvey captures not only the misty tranquility of 1935 pre-war England complete with creative use of luminous light sources as well as the raw brutality of the battlefields as England enters WW II. Dario Marianelli's music score (much of it played by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie and very romantic relationship between the couple
    Amazing movie and very romantic relationship between the couple, even though I have absolutely 0 experience with romance (nerdy nob)
    Published 1 day ago by Michael Ni
    4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, happy, sad and funny and James M. is soooo very sexy.
    The acting was great! I love James Mcavoy! Every character does an amazing job from the little girl to Benedict Cumberbatch(always amazing). Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Sarah
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Extremely well-written and well-acted. It held my attention from beginning to end.
    Published 13 days ago by Gloria Freeman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very good
    Published 13 days ago by Michel E. Spichiger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good shipping and quality Blu Ray conversion plus a striking film
    Published 13 days ago by Steve Kur
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    The best
    Published 16 days ago by carmen perez
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this movie
    Really enjoyed this movie. Excellent performances and since I had never read the book, a definite ending I was not expecting.
    Published 19 days ago by Lu Graham
    3.0 out of 5 stars Attonement
    To dark to sad and not my kind of ending. It leaves you feeling empty and that is what I don't like. I watch movies as an escape and entertainment.
    Published 1 month ago by gabbygirl
    5.0 out of 5 stars loved the movie
    The DVD arrived within 4 days and that included a weekend... loved the movie, quality was excellent, would buy again
    Published 1 month ago by Larry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    loved this movie
    Published 1 month ago by barbara james
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    I loved the book. Just loved it. McEwan's one of my favorite authors and this is my favorite of his books. I'd loathed what Hollywood had done earlier this year to another favorite book, "Evening." And I was less than thrilled with what "Atonement" director Joe Wright had... Read More
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