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Character: Penny
Directed by: Pascal Chaumeil
Written by: Nick Hornby (novel), Jack Thorne
Produced by: Christoph Daniel, Finola Dwyer, Nick Hornby, Zygi Kamasa, Caroline Levy, Amanda Posey, Marc Schmidheiny, Thorsten Schumacher, Dario Suter
Other cast: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Tuppence Middleton
Release date: March 21, 2014 (U.K.) | July 11, 2014 (U.S.)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running time: 96 min

On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time.

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Character Quotes

Jess: [describing the “vision”] He looked like Matt Damon! And he was naked!
Penny: Matt Damon? Tell me more!


“The movie criminally wastes Sam Neill and Rosamund Pike in barely there supporting roles, and the picture has exactly two tones: grim and gooey. They do not coexist harmoniously. ”
Jason Clark, Entertainment Weekly

“As British comedy sometimes will, “A Long Way Down” has an occasional attack of the cutes, but the actors’ commitment keeps the movie on the plus side.”
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle


• The first of two 2014 films to feature Toni Collette and Rosamund Pike together. The second was Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014).

• Johnny Depp bought the movie rights before the book’s initial release.

• Although released after Need for Speed (2014), it was shot beforehand. Aaron Paul was so impressed by Imogen Poots in this film, that he encouraged her to apply for the female lead there.