Atonement Image
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 391 Ratings

Summary: Atonement spans several decades. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister, Cecilia. Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony--who has a crush on Robbie--is compelled to interfere, going so far as to accuse Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but Robbie is arrested--and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement and to an understanding of the power of enduring love. (Focus Features)
Runtime: 123 min
Rating: Rated R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality.
Production: Universal Pictures
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Countries: UK, France
Languages: English, French
Home Release Date: Mar 18, 2008
Director Credit
Joe Wright Director
Writer Credit
Christopher Hampton Screenplay
Ian McEwan Novel
Principal Cast Credit
Brenda Blethyn Grace Turner
James McAvoy Robbie Turner
Keira Knightley Cecilia Tallis
Cast Credit
Ailidh Mackay Singing Housemaid
Alfie Allen Danny Hardman
Benedict Cumberbatch Paul Marshall
Charlie von Simson Jackson Quincey
Felix von Simson Pierrot Quincey
Harriet Walter Emily Tallis
Julia West Betty
Juno Temple Lola Quincey
Leander Deeny Police Constable
Patrick Kennedy Leon Tallis
Peter Wight Police Inspector
Saoirse Ronan Briony Tallis - Age 13
Producer Credit
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Ian McEwan Executive Producer
Jane Frazer Co-Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Paul Webster Producer
Richard Eyre Executive Producer
Robert Fox Executive Producer
Tim Bevan Producer
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