Endless Love (1981)

“[to David] Of all the things I regret I did, the ones I didn’t, are the ones I mourn the most.” – Ann Butterfield

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two teenagers fall in love, but when the girl’s family is against it, the boy takes drastic measures to keep his love for her alive.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about in the 80’s, yet never had any desire to see what it was all about.

As I am trying to complete my reviews of the entire filmography of Tom Cruise, I needed to watch this film which is my final review of his films (so far).

The irony is that this was his screen debut and despite only having a few minutes of screen time, once he became popular, his name began to show up on future posters/advertising etc.

His character does have an integral part in the plot of the film, but his appearance here isn’t all that memorable besides that.

The film stars Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt and they actually have great chemistry together which helps make things feel more plausible when dealing with the love story aspects of the film.

Unfortunately, the story is presented in an over the top fashion and that takes so much away from making this feel much more powerful and engaging throughout.

The psychological effects on the characters isn’t described or shown well enough and it all is seen as seeming very expected (even though it shouldn’t be)

The supporting cast is also great with Shirley Knight, Don Murray, Richard Kiley, Beatrice Straight and James Spader all adding a bit to the realism of the story, even if it isn’t enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the lovemaking scene, director Franco Zeffirelli squeezed Brooke Shields’ big toe off camera to provoke a reaction that would look like an orgasm. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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