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Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | | Crime, Drama | 26 September 2003 (UK)
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A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

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David Mackenzie
7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Joe Taylor
Tilda Swinton ... Ella Gault
Peter Mullan ... Les Gault
Emily Mortimer ... Cathie Dimly
Jack McElhone ... Jim Gault
Therese Bradley Therese Bradley ... Gwen
Ewan Stewart ... Daniel Gordon
Stuart McQuarrie ... Bill
Pauline Turner Pauline Turner ... Connie
Alan Cooke Alan Cooke ... Bob M'bussi
Rory McCann ... Sam
Ian Hanmore ... Freight Supervisor
Andrew Neil Andrew Neil ... Barman
Arnold Brown Arnold Brown ... Bowler Hat Man
Meg Fraser Meg Fraser ... Stall Woman
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Storyline

Joe, a rootless young drifter, finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, owned by Les and his wife Ella. One afternoon they discover the corpse of a young woman floating in the water. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and suspect is arrested, we discover that Joe knows more than he is letting on. Gradually we learn of Joe's past relationship with the dead woman. Meanwhile an unspoken attraction develops between Joe and Ella, heightening the claustrophobic tensions in the confined space of the barge. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Adán See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,278, 18 April 2004

Gross USA:

$767,373

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,561,820
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ewan McGregor's nude scenes were originally going to be cut from the U.S. release, but after McGregor objected, the full-frontal nude scenes were put back in. See more »

Goofs

In a wide shot of the skyline of Glasgow from Kelvingrove Park, the Glasgow Tower can be seen on the horizon. The tower wasn't built until 2000. See more »

Quotes

Joe Taylor: [after having sex with Ella] Are you sorry?
Ella Gault: Fat lot of good that would do me.
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Alternate Versions

The R-rated US video version removes a moment from the NC-17 theatrical cut where Ewan McGregor's character performs oral sex on Tilda Swinton's character, although the scene is presented whole in the DVD's bonus features. See more »

Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Body In A River
Cello performed by Caroline Barber
Guitar [Delay] performed by Barry Burns
Percussion performed by Richard Colburn
Music Composed by David Byrne
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Well-crafted film with strong performances and a pervading, restrained sadness that echoes its Beat heritage.
22 December 2004 | by colettesplaceSee all my reviews

Young Adam is a powerful and atmospheric drama set on the canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh during the 1950s.

Ewan McGregor is Joe, a drifter working on a barge, when he and his boss find a body in the canal. As he begins an affair with the bargeman's wife (Tilda Swinton), we find out more about his previous relationship with the drowned woman (Emily Mortimer).

Adapted from the novel by Scottish Beat writer Alexander Trocchi, Young Adam is, in some ways, a kitchen sink drama – a vivid picture of working class life in its unpleasant reality. One of the best examples of this type of film is Room at the Top (1959). But Young Adam has existentialist overtones: Joe is alienated and passive, and not only do his numerous sexual couplings offer him little pleasure, but in rejecting the only thing that could redeem him, he condemns himself to a meaningless life. This might sound too depressing, but screenwriter and director David Mackenzie gives the film great depth and sensuality. Very interesting. ****/***** stars.


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