Young Adam Movie

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Who's Involved:

Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Emily Mortimer, Peter Mullan, David MacKenzie, Jeremy Thomas, Stuart McQuarrie, Jack McElhone, David McKenzie, Therese Bradley, Rory McCann, Ewan Stewart, Alan Cooke

Release Date:

Friday, April 16, 2004

Rating: NC-17

Runtime: 1 hr, 39 m

Plot: What's the story about?

"Young Adam" is David McKenzie's adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's novel, a romantic murder mystery set on a barge in the canals of Scotland. Lovely photography by Giles Nuttgens, complemented by a lonely score by David Byrne, provides a picturesque backdrop for what is otherwise a seedy story of morality gone far astray and hopelessness taking hold of everyday life, with sex as the only outlet. Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton both lend excellent performances to the film, acting out a strained relationship of carnal misgiving that is their mutual respite. Working on a barge that travels to ports between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Joe (McGregor) is a randy ol' chap. He befriends Les (Peter Mullen) as they labor hard days shoveling coal and pass their evenings over pints and darts in the local pubs. But Joe is simply positioning himself to seduce Les' wife, Ella (Swinton), who he easily and frequently beds. A steamy affair with a heavy dose of on-screen coitus eventually leads to trouble for all three. A subplot concerns Joe's past romance with a girl (Emily Mortimer) whose mysterious death is reported in local papers, with flashbacks to raunchy sexual interludes representing his fondest memories of her.

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Crew: Who's making Young Adam

A look at the Young Adam behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's writer David MacKenzie last wrote Outlaw King and The Stain On The Snow.


David MacKenzie


Jeremy Thomas

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Filming Timeline

On or about December 31, 1969, the film was in Completed status.

Young Adam Release Date: When was it released?

Young Adam was released in 2004 on Friday, April 16, 2004 (). There were 4 other movies released on the same date, including Connie and Carla, The Punisher and Klezmer on Fish Street.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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