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When Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), thirteen-years-old and an aspiring writer, sees her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) at the fountain in front of the family estate, she misinterprets what is happening, thus setting into motion a series of misunderstandings and a childish pique that will have lasting repercussions for all of them. Robbie is the son of a family servant toward whom the family has always been kind. They paid for his time at Cambridge and now he plans on going to medical school. After the fountain incident, Briony reads a letter intended for Cecilia and concludes that Robbie is a deviant. When her cousin Lola (Juno Temple) is raped, she tells the Police that it was Robbie she saw committing the deed.

Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Ian McEwan (novel), Christopher Hampton (screenplay)
Production: Focus Features
Year: 2007
MetaScore: 85/100
ImdbRating: 7.8
BoxOffice: $50,830,581
Released: 11 Jan 2008
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 50 wins & 148 nominations.

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Briony Tallis, aged 13 - Saoirse Ronan
Singing Housemaid - Ailidh Mackay
Grace Turner - Brenda Blethyn
Betty - Julia West
Robbie Turner - James McAvoy
Emily Tallis - Harriet Walter
Cecilia Tallis - Keira Knightley
Lola Quincey - Juno Temple
Pierrot Quincey - Felix von Simson
Jackson Quincey - Charlie von Simson
Danny Hardman - Alfie Allen
Leon Tallis - Patrick Kennedy
Paul Marshall - Benedict Cumberbatch
Police Inspector - Peter Wight
Police Constable - Leander Deeny
Police Sergeant - Peter McNeil O'Connor
Tommy Nettle - Daniel Mays
Frank Mace - Nonso Anozie
Frenchman - Michel Vuillermoz
Frenchman - Lionel Abelanski
Naval Officer - Tobias Menzies
Crying Soldier - Paul Stocker
Solitary Sunbather - Alex Noodle
Beach Soldier - Roger Evans
Beach Soldier - Bronson Webb
Beach Soldier - Ian Bonar
Beach Soldier - Oliver Gilbert
Soldier in Bray Bar - Jamie Beamish
Soldier in Bray Bar - Johnny Harris
Soldier in Bray Bar - Nick Bagnall
Soldier in Bray Bar - Billy Seymour
Soldier in Bray Bar - Neil Maskell
Soldier with Ukeleke - Paul Harper
Sister Drummond - Gina McKee
Probationary Nurse - Charlie Banks
Probationary Nurse (as Madeleine Crowe) - Madeline Crowe
Probationary Nurse - Scarlett Dalton
Probationary Nurse - Olivia Grant
Probationary Nurse - Katy Lawrence
Probationary Nurse - Jade Moulla
Probationary Nurse - Georgia Oakley
Probationary Nurse - Alice Orr-Ewing
Probationary Nurse - Catherine Philps
Probationary Nurse - Bryony Reiss
Probationary Nurse - Sarah Shaul
Probationary Nurse - Anna Singleton
Probationary Nurse - Emily Thomson
Fiona Maguire - Michelle Duncan
Briony, 18 - Romola Garai
Hospital Admin Assistant - Kelly Scott
Soldier at Hospital Entrance - Mark Holgate
Registrar - Ryan Kiggell
Staff Nurse - Vivienne Gibbs
Second Soldier at Hospital Entrance - Matthew Forest
Injured Sergeant - Richard Stacey
Soldier Who Looks Like Robbie - Jay Quinn
Luc Cornet (as Jérémie Rénier) - Jérémie Renier
Pierrot, 14 - Jack Harcourt
Jackson, 14 - Ben Harcourt
Mother of Evacuees - Tilly Vosburgh
Evacuee Child - Angel Witney
Evacuee Child - Bonnie Witney
Evacuee Child - Ben Webb
Mrs. Jarvis - Wendy Nottingham
Older Briony - Vanessa Redgrave
Interviewer - Anthony Minghella
Boy in Tunnel - Tom Barker
Soldier - Ro Barrett
Military Officer - Julie Eagleton
RAF Officer - James Fiddy
Soldier - Elliott Francis
Soldier - Daniel Harland
Bandstand singer - Craig Leonard
Police Inspector - Arnold Montey
Soldier - Mark Phillips
Soldier - Tom Rooke