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      Friendship's Death

      1987 1 hr. 18 min. Sci-Fi List
      Reviews 78% 50+ Ratings Audience Score True to her name, Friendship (Tilda Swinton) wants all humans to get along. She's a robot from a distant world planning to exhort mankind to reform its violent ways. But, when she lands in Amman, Jordan, in 1970, she finds Palestinians waging deadly battles with Jordanians. Sullivan (Bill Paterson), a British journalist covering the fighting, ferries her to safety, and the unlikely pals pass the time discussing mortality, technology, the nature of warfare and the modern media. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Ahead of it's time. Sci-fi of a cerebral kind and exploring concepts that were at best nascent at the time of it's release. Swinton and Paterson both put in excellent performances. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member One of my all-time favorits Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Peter Bradshaw Guardian The droll double-act chemistry between Paterson and Swinton is unexpectedly great, especially considering the enigmatically childlike and lovably humourless demeanour that Swinton often projects. Rated: 4/5 Jun 16, 2021 Full Review Martin Unsworth Starburst The chemistry between Swinton and Bill Paterson is electric. The former being adept at playing burnt-out, cynical characters. It's full of metaphors, of course, but even taken on face value, it's an absorbing, prescient watch. Rated: 3/5 Jun 28, 2021 Full Review Andrew Gaudion VultureHound This is mostly a pleasantly strange meditation on what it means to be human that has many a prescient observation to share about life on Planet Earth. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 19, 2020 Full Review Anton Bitel Eye for Film The excellent performances of Paterson and Swinton... lend Friendship's Death a credibility it does not always deserve. May 4, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis True to her name, Friendship (Tilda Swinton) wants all humans to get along. She's a robot from a distant world planning to exhort mankind to reform its violent ways. But, when she lands in Amman, Jordan, in 1970, she finds Palestinians waging deadly battles with Jordanians. Sullivan (Bill Paterson), a British journalist covering the fighting, ferries her to safety, and the unlikely pals pass the time discussing mortality, technology, the nature of warfare and the modern media.
      Director
      Peter Wollen
      Executive Producer
      Colin MacCabe
      Screenwriter
      Peter Wollen
      Production Co
      British Film Institute (BFI), Modelmark, Channel Four Films
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English