The Passionate Friends

The Passionate Friends

David Lean (1948)

PG Certificate


Our Score
One of three films made by David Lean with Ann Todd, who he married in 1949, this glossy, passionless movie ranks somewhere between the solid drama of The Sound Barrier and the wooden romance of Madeleine. In a stuffy drawing room melodrama, Todd is forced to choose between luxury and love. Her cause is not helped by the script (by Lean, Eric Ambler and Stanley Haynes), which successfully buries one of HG Wells's more forgettable novels in a welter of confused flashbacks and clipped platitudes. Already hampered by limited ability, Todd's haughty manner renders her eminently resistible and she is further disadvantaged by comparison with those astute screen actors Trevor Howard and Claude Rains.


A well-to-do woman marries an older man, but later embarks on an affair. She is left with the challenge of finding a way to live happily ever after without breaking someone's heart. Melodrama, starring Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains and Betty Ann Davies. Directed by David Lean.

Cast & Crew

Mary Justin Ann Todd
Howard Justin Claude Rains
Steven Stratton Trevor Howard
Pat Isabel Dean
Miss Layton Betty Ann Davies
Servant Arthur Howard (2)
Hotel manager Guido Lorraine
Hall porter Marcel Poncin
Chambermaid Natasha Sokolova
Director David Lean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 6 Jun 2008