On Chesil Beach

This is how the entire course of a life can be changed: by doing nothing.


On Chesil Beach
We follow a young couple of drastically different backgrounds during the summer of 1962. As they go through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy. This ultimately leads to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

109 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence).
Drama, Romance, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Billy Howle, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough
Director
Dominic Cooke
ScreenplayIan McEwan, from his novel
MusicDan Jones
CinematographySean Bobbitt
EditingNick Fenton
Sound formatsUnknown
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2017
Produced byBBC Films, Number 9 Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageModerate, fairly frequent, abusive and conversational.
NudityMild to moderate, infrequent, in non-sexual context.
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceMild to moderate, infrequent, both physical and emotional, with verbal abuse.
PrejudiceLow impact, isolated incident, discriminating against Jewish culture.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
Comments
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USA MPAA rating

R: Restrictedunknown
Runtime110
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
3
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
2
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
17 +
Positive messages
1
Positive role models
0
Violence
2
Sex
5
Language
3
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
2

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Michael O'Sullivan quote iconHoneymoon goes off rails as arguments replace love.
5
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople quote iconMcEwan-liefdesdrama tref waar dit seermaak.
15
24.com
Alex Isaacs quote iconI would say this arthouse flick is pretty much the opposite of a date night movie and might be better suited for a relaxed watch by someone on their own or a more established couple that has really sorted out their sex lives.
10
ScreenIt
Jim Judy
11
Metacritic.com
32 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
107 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconOn Chesil Beach presents a well-acted and solidly crafted adaptation of a small yet resonant story with deceptively rich subtext.
14
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconPowerful themes of sexuality in book-based romantic drama.
10

What the People say

Rottentomatoes users
377 users
15
IMDB
814 Netizens
13
The Movie DB
Community
15

Average .. 60%

12

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