adapted as "Young Adam"
Published: January 1957
Synopsis: Joe is a drifter who works as a hired hand on a barge traveling the Clyde River between Glasgow and Edinburgh. As the story opens, he finds the corpse of a young woman drifting downstream. Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and arrest a suspect, it becomes apparent that Joe knew the dead woman and has more information than he's telling. Meanwhile, an unspoken attraction has developed between Joe and the wife of the barge skipper.
Additional notes: The book cover art is from the first US publication in 1961 of The Outsiders, which includes Young Adam as one of several novellas in the book. The information link is to a more recent edition of the novella.
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David Mackenzie, Director
Theatrical release date: 08/31/2003
DVD release date: 09/14/2004
Cast: Joe Taylor (Ewan McGregor), Ella Gault (Tilda Swinton), Les Gault (Peter Mullan), Cathie Dimly (Emily Mortimer), Jim Gault (Jack McElhone), Gwen (Therese Bradley), Daniel Gordon (Ewan Stewart), Bill (Stuart McQuarrie), Connie (Pauline Turner)
Running time: 155 minutes
Young Adam swept the BAFTA Scotland awards in 2004, winning for best picture, best director, best actor, and best actress.
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