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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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Robert Moore
as Dr. Miller
Jan Miner
as Mrs. Switzer
Salem Ludwig
as Mr. Switzer
Jeff Marcus
as Leonard
Patrick Taylor
as Bob Clark
Maria Todd
as Girl Friend
Jane Fleiss
as Patient
Barry Pruitt
as Police Officer
Amy Whitman
as Stenographer
Kenneth Cory
as Rockville Doctor
Walter Gorney
as Passerby
Robert Altman
as Hotel Manager
Mark Arnold
as Patient
Ron Perkins
as Patient
Marvin Foster
as Attendant
Willie Wenger
as Waitress
Ruth Last
as Hotel Resident
Walt Gorney
as Passerby
George Kyle
as Chicago Cop
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Critic Reviews for Endless Love

All Critics (18) | 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.

February 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.

July 26, 2007 | Full Review…

As excruciating as the Diana Ross/Lionel Richie title tune.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

October 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.

August 30, 2004

The story is incoherent and wildly gratuitous. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 21, 2019 | 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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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