In 2006, scholarship student Oliver Quick attends Oxford University, struggling to fit in due to his inexperience with upper-class sensibilities. In 2007, he eventually befriends Felix Catton, an affluent and popular student who is empathetic to Oliver's stories of his parents' substance abuse and mental health issues. Their friendship grows over the year, but Felix becomes annoyed with Oliver's constant presence and seemingly casts him out after a brief spat. One morning, Oliver becomes distraught over the news of his father's sudden death. Felix comforts him and invites him to spend the summer at his family's sprawling estate, Saltburn. At Saltburn, Oliver is introduced to Felix's parents, Sir James and Lady Elspeth, Felix's sister, Venetia, Felix's American cousin, Farleigh, and Elspeth's friend, Pamela. Oliver quickly wins over Felix's family, who are sympathetic to his situation and amused by his lack of social graces. He eventually seduces Venetia and performs oral sex on her in the house garden. Farleigh witnesses this and informs Felix, who then confronts Oliver. Oliver lies, claiming Venetia initiated the act and he refused. One night, he watches Felix masturbating in a bathtub and pleasures himself in the same tub afterwards. His obsession with Felix grows stronger. At a karaoke party, Farleigh tricks Oliver into performing "Rent" in front of the family. That night, Oliver initiates a tense sexual encounter with Farleigh, while subtly threatening him. The next morning, Farleigh is evicted from Saltburn, after it is revealed he allegedly attempted to sell rare Palissy plates from Sir James' collection to Sotheby's. As the summer ends, Elspeth and James plan a party for Oliver's birthday. On the morning of the party, Felix surprises Oliver with a trip to see his estranged mother, having answered a call from her on Oliver's phone. Oliver panics, and upon arriving at Oliver's family's house in Prescot, Felix realizes Oliver lied about his upbringing. Oliver's father is still alive, neither of his parents are substance abuse victims, and his family lives in a respectable upper middle-class suburb. Felix is horrified by Oliver's deception and orders him to leave Saltburn after the party. During the extravagant celebrations, which Farleigh has returned for, Oliver follows Felix into Saltburn's expansive hedge maze and expresses his adoration for him. Felix expresses hurt and confusion at Oliver's actions, ultimately rejecting him and recommending he seek professional help. The next morning, Felix is found dead in the centre of the maze. During a tense family lunch, Oliver implies Farleigh had a possible connection to Felix's death. James forbids Farleigh from coming back to Saltburn and cuts off all financial support to him. After Felix's funeral, Elspeth insists Oliver stay at Saltburn, despite others in the family questioning his presence. Oliver mourns Felix and sexually grinds against his grave. That night, Venetia accuses Oliver of disintegrating her family. He attempts to seduce her but she rebuffs him, disturbed by his growing impersonation of Felix. The next day, Venetia is found dead, having slit her wrists in the bathtub. Despondent of Oliver's continuing presence at Saltburn and Elspeth's closeness to him, James bribes him to leave. Years later, Oliver learns of James's death in a newspaper. He has a chance encounter with Elspeth at a café and she is delighted to see him, insisting he return with her to Saltburn. After spending several months with Oliver, Elspeth becomes fatally ill. On Elspeth's deathbed, Oliver reveals he had been responsible for all of the tragic events that had befallen Saltburn. He orchestrated his initial meeting with Felix at Oxford and murdered him by poisoning his drink after his final rejection in the maze. He placed razor blades on the side of Venetia's bath and fabricated the email which resulted in Farleigh's initial expulsion from the estate. He planned his encounter with Elspeth at the café, and it is revealed she subsequently had bequeathed all of her financial assets to Oliver, including ownership of Saltburn. Oliver kills Elspeth by forcefully removing her from life support. Having now assumed ownership of Saltburn and the Catton fortune, Oliver dances naked around the mansion to "Murder on the Dancefloor".

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Saltburn (2023)

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Drama/Comedy/Suspense/Thriller · 2h 11m · 12/22/2023

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A beautifully wicked tale of privilege and desire.

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In 2006, scholarship student Oliver Quick attends Oxford University, struggling to fit in due to his inexperience with upper-class sensibilities. In 2007, he eventually befriends Felix Catton, an affluent and popular student who is empathetic to Oliver's stories of his parents' substance abuse and mental health issues. Their friendship grows over the year, but Felix becomes annoyed with Oliver's constant presence and seemingly casts him out after a brief spat. One morning, Oliver becomes distraught over the news of his father's sudden death. Felix comforts him and invites him to spend the summer at his family's sprawling estate, Saltburn. At Saltburn, Oliver is introduced to Felix's parents, Sir James and Lady Elspeth, Felix's sister, Venetia, Felix's American cousin, Farleigh, and Elspeth's friend, Pamela. Oliver quickly wins over Felix's family, who are sympathetic to his situation and amused by his lack of social graces. He eventually seduces Venetia and performs oral sex on her in the house garden. Farleigh witnesses this and informs Felix, who then confronts Oliver. Oliver lies, claiming Venetia initiated the act and he refused. One night, he watches Felix masturbating in a bathtub and pleasures himself in the same tub afterwards. His obsession with Felix grows stronger. At a karaoke party, Farleigh tricks Oliver into performing "Rent" in front of the family. That night, Oliver initiates a tense sexual encounter with Farleigh, while subtly threatening him. The next morning, Farleigh is evicted from Saltburn, after it is revealed he allegedly attempted to sell rare Palissy plates from Sir James' collection to Sotheby's. As the summer ends, Elspeth and James plan a party for Oliver's birthday. On the morning of the party, Felix surprises Oliver with a trip to see his estranged mother, having answered a call from her on Oliver's phone. Oliver panics, and upon arriving at Oliver's family's house in Prescot, Felix realizes Oliver lied about his upbringing. Oliver's father is still alive, neither of his parents are substance abuse victims, and his family lives in a respectable upper middle-class suburb. Felix is horrified by Oliver's deception and orders him to leave Saltburn after the party. During the extravagant celebrations, which Farleigh has returned for, Oliver follows Felix into Saltburn's expansive hedge maze and expresses his adoration for him. Felix expresses hurt and confusion at Oliver's actions, ultimately rejecting him and recommending he seek professional help. The next morning, Felix is found dead in the centre of the maze. During a tense family lunch, Oliver implies Farleigh had a possible connection to Felix's death. James forbids Farleigh from coming back to Saltburn and cuts off all financial support to him. After Felix's funeral, Elspeth insists Oliver stay at Saltburn, despite others in the family questioning his presence. Oliver mourns Felix and sexually grinds against his grave. That night, Venetia accuses Oliver of disintegrating her family. He attempts to seduce her but she rebuffs him, disturbed by his growing impersonation of Felix. The next day, Venetia is found dead, having slit her wrists in the bathtub. Despondent of Oliver's continuing presence at Saltburn and Elspeth's closeness to him, James bribes him to leave. Years later, Oliver learns of James's death in a newspaper. He has a chance encounter with Elspeth at a café and she is delighted to see him, insisting he return with her to Saltburn. After spending several months with Oliver, Elspeth becomes fatally ill. On Elspeth's deathbed, Oliver reveals he had been responsible for all of the tragic events that had befallen Saltburn. He orchestrated his initial meeting with Felix at Oxford and murdered him by poisoning his drink after his final rejection in the maze. He placed razor blades on the side of Venetia's bath and fabricated the email which resulted in Farleigh's initial expulsion from the estate. He planned his encounter with Elspeth at the café, and it is revealed she subsequently had bequeathed all of her financial assets to Oliver, including ownership of Saltburn. Oliver kills Elspeth by forcefully removing her from life support. Having now assumed ownership of Saltburn and the Catton fortune, Oliver dances naked around the mansion to "Murder on the Dancefloor".

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Status

Released

Language

English

Countries

United Kingdom, United States

Production Companies

Lie Still, LuckyChap Entertainment, Media Rights Capital (MRC), MRC Film

Budget

$1

Revenue

$21,042,928
Cast
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Barry Keoghan

Oliver Quick
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Jacob Elordi

Felix Catton
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Archie Madekwe

Farleigh Start
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Sadie Soverall

Annabel
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Richie Cotterell

Harry
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Millie Kent

India
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Will Gibson

Jake
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Tasha Lim

Camilla
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Aleah Aberdeen

Alicia
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Matthew Carver

Benjy
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Ewan Mitchell

Michael Gavey
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Reece Shearsmith

Professor Ware
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Gabriel Bisset-Smith

Reg Starter
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Saga Spjuth-Säll

Sam
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Glyn Grimstead

Taxi Driver
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Paul Rhys

Duncan
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Joshua Samuels

Liam (as Joshua E. Samuels)
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Julian Lloyd Patten

Joshua
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Richard E. Grant

Sir James Catton
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Rosamund Pike

Elspeth Catton
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Carey Mulligan

Poor Dear Pamela
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Alison Oliver

Venetia Catton
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Olivia Hanrahan-Barnes

Maid
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Lolly Adefope

Lady Daphne
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Joshua McGuire

Henry
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Dorothy Atkinson

Paula Quick
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Shaun Dooley

Jeff Quick
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Tomás Barry

Charlie
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Andy Brady

Vicar Wainwright
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Lincoln R. Beckett

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Pierre Bergman

Man at Bar (uncredited)
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Richard Cotterell

(uncredited)
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Maud Druine

Jen (uncredited)
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Liam Edwards

University Student (uncredited)
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Hanz Gal

Oxford Student (uncredited)
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Korane Idarousse

Partygoer (uncredited)
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Alison Martin Jones

Elegant Party Guest (uncredited)
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Keith Lomas

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Roshni Pankhania

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Rhianna Rich

Uni Student / Partygoer (uncredited)
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Michelle Thomas

Camilla (uncredited)
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Ben Vincent

Party guest (uncredited)
Crew
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Emerald Fennell

Director
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Emerald Fennell

Writer
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