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Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in Joe Wright's Atonement - Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama.


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About the Film

Joe Wright, the BAFTA Award-winning director of Pride & Prejudice, has reunited with his filmmaking team and his Academy Award-nominated actress, Keira Knightley, for another classic British romance, Atonement, starring James McAvoy (BAFTA Award nominee for The Last King of Scotland) opposite Ms. Knightley. Christopher Hampton (Academy Award winner for Dangerous Liaisons) has written the screenplay adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling 2002 novel Atonement.

Filmed on location in the U.K., the story of Atonement spans several decades. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) 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 (Mr. McAvoy), the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia (Ms. Knightley). 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 accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he 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.

  • James McAvoy

    Robbie Turner

  • Keira Knightley

    Cecilia Tallis

  • Romola Garai

    Briony Tallis - Age 18

  • Saoirse Ronan

    Briony Tallis - Age 13

  • Vanessa Redgrave

    Older Briony

  • Joe Wright


  • Tim Bevan


  • Eric Fellner


  • Paul Webster


  • Christopher Hampton


  • Ian McEwan

    Writer, Novel

  • Jane Frazer


  • Seamus McGarvey, B.S.C.

    Director of Photography

  • Paul Tothill


  • Jacqueline Durran

    Costume Designer

  • Ivana Primorac

    Hair and Makeup Designer

  • Dario Marianelli