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Adapted from Josephine Hart's spare novel by British screenwriter David Hare and French director Louis Malle, this brooding erotic drama concerns the obsessive sexual relationship between an English politician and his son's lover. Stephen Flemming (Jeremy Irons), an up-and-coming member of Parliament, has a beautiful and loving wife, Ingrid (Miranda Richardson), and two children, including son Martyn (Rupert Graves), a successsful journalist. Sparks fly, however, when Stephen meets beautiful art-world denizen Anna Barton (Juliette Binoche), Martyn's new girlfriend. A measured, seemingly passionless man who believes that life can be controlled, Stephen suddenly finds himself unable to resist brief but intense liaisons with the mysterious, melancholy Anna. Eventually she explains the palpable air of sadness that hangs over her: When she was 15, her beloved older brother committed suicide because he could not possess her. "Remember," Anna warns Stephen, "Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive." Drawn to Anna and the passion she engenders in him, Stephen tries to justify his betrayal by telling himself Martyn isn't serious about Anna; he is stunned, then, when the two announce their engagement. On the advice of Anna's mother (Leslie Caron), who sees right through the charade, Stephen tries to break things off. But soon the affair resumes with full force, eventually destroying several lives. Although Damage's stark, frank sex scenes were trimmed to attain an R rating for theatrical release, the original, uncut version is available on video and DVD. Richardson received an Oscar nomination for her work. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:December 23, 1992


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Zbigniew Preisner Best Music Score 1991 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Miranda Richardson Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 1992 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Miranda Richardson Best Supporting Actress 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Miranda Richardson Best Supporting Actress 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Miranda Richardson Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miranda Richardson Best Supporting Actress 1992 Nominee


Jeremy Irons
as Dr.Stephen Fleming
Juliette Binoche
as Anna Barton
Miranda Richardson
as Ingrid
Rupert Graves
as Martyn
Ian Bannen
as Edward Lloyd
Leslie Caron
as Elizabeth Prideaux
Peter Stormare
as Peter Wetzler
Julian Fellowes
as Donald Lyndsaymp
Tony Doyle
as Prime Minister
Roger Llewellyn
as Palmer
Benjamin Whitrow
as Civil Servant
Ray Gravell
as Raymond
Susan Engel
as Miss Snow
Francine Stock
as TV Interviewer
Jason Morell
as Young Man at Sotheby's
Henry Power
as Henry
David Thewlis
as Detective
Jeff Nuttall
as Trevor Leigh Davies MP
Luc √Čtienne
as Lutetia Receptionist
Linda Delapena
as Beth
Simon de Deney
as Young Man at DTI


Louis Malle
Louis Malle
Josephine Hart
Book Author
David Hare
Peter Biziou
Zbigniew Preisner
Composer (Music Score)
John Bloom
Brian Morris
Production Designer
Richard Earl
Art Director
Simon Relph
Vincent Malle
Jill Quertier
Set Designer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Jean-Claude Laureux
Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Ferry
First Assistant Director
Donna Grey
Production Manager
Patsy Pollock
Louise Constad
France Lachapelle
Script Supervisor
Paolo Mantini
Hair Styles
Jolyon Symonds
Second Assistant Director
Janine Lodge
Production Coordinator
Linda de Vetta