Endless Love

1981

Endless Love (1981)

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Based on a novel by Scott Spencer, Endless Love details the doomed romance between 17-year-old David (Martin Hewitt) and 15-year-old Jade (Brooke Shields). Banished from Jade's home by her daddy Hugh (Don Murray), David obsessively cooks up a scheme to get back into the family's good graces. Since this plan involves setting Jade's house on fire, one can easily predict that the puppy-love romance is in for a bumpy ride. Jailed for arson, David heads directly to Jade the moment that he's released, with tragic results. Posting respectable earnings thanks to the popularity of Brooke Shields, Endless Love was also the film debut of Tom Cruise, billed 18th in the cast list. A young James Spader lends a supporting role.

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Critic Reviews for Endless Love

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Is Brooke Shields truly obsession worthy? And can she carry, commercially, another movie about another kind of obsession? The answer is no.

Feb 12, 2014 | Full Review…

A Cotton-candy rendition of Scott Spencer's powerful novel, Endless Love is a manipulative tale of a doomed romance which careens repeatedly between the credible and the ridiculous.

Jul 26, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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As excruciating as the Diana Ross/Lionel Richie title tune.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The movie as a whole does not understand the particular strengths of the novel that inspired it, does not convince us it understands adolescent love, does not seem to know its characters very well, and is a narrative and logical mess.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Anyone unfamiliar with the story of Scott Spencer's novel is bound to be mystified by Franco Zeffirelli's latest film, which reduces Endless Love to a whimperingly latter-day Romeo and Juliet with a little pyromania thrown in.

Aug 30, 2004

Trite Blue Lagoonish dialogue trivializes this film adaptation of Scott Spencer's first-rate 1979 novel of obsession but does not spoil it on the level of pop romance.

Feb 12, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Endless Love

I guess I must be one of the very few who managed to feel the despair of the character's obsessive love (to the sound of that heartbreaking Lionel Richie song), but sadly after one hour the movie becomes a sappy overplotted soap-opera and doesn't even care to offer us a conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Bad, but kind of liked it. The scene with Brooke cuddled up with her dad while the romantic song plays is all kinds of wrong, but whole movie is kind of a stretch. Ending was very unclear. I honestly couldn't tell if she went back to him or not. However, it's an 80's movie, albeit not one I ever watched at the time, being about 7 years old when it was released. Brooke was very beautiful and I did like her white dress, although I did wonder if they were actually intending it to look like a wedding dress! I had no idea James Spader was in this. Apparently Tom Cruise is too, although I couldn't pick him (probably a plus!). Very different to the "new" Endless Love movie, though there are similarities, of course. I enjoyed that, so I'm glad about that as it means I don't have to choose which is better.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Everyone who wants to see this movie does so because of one of the actors. I watched for James Spader, and he was just fabulous. Other than that, this movie wasn't very interesting, and the main characters annoyed me. It's obviously a bad relationship between these two, and it doesn't end well, and a lot of it is boring.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

This love story is alike part of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Brooke Shields was so beautiful, young and sexy of the early 1980's.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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