Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

David Lean (1945)

83min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Co-adapted by Noël Coward from his own one-act play Still Life, this is one of the finest films ever made in Britain. What makes the illicit love between doctor Trevor Howard and housewife Celia Johnson so memorable is their sheer ordinariness - they really could be anybody sitting in the dark of the cinema or in the comfort of their armchair. That's why Falling in Love, the unofficial Hollywood remake, fell so flat - Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep simply weren't ordinary enough. Romancing to the strains of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, the leads are outstanding, but credit should also go to the forgotten Cyril Raymond, whose decent dullness as Johnson's husband makes those stolen Thursdays seem so special.

Summary

A suburban housewife meets a married doctor by chance in a railway station waiting room. Later, their paths cross many times until the pair become friends and their meetings a fixed arrangement. But as their feelings for each other transform from friendship into passion, both come to realise the affair is doomed to fail. David Lean's romantic drama, with Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard and Cyril Raymond.

Cast & Crew

Laura Jesson Celia Johnson
Dr Alec Harvey Trevor Howard
Fred Jesson Cyril Raymond
Albert Godby Stanley Holloway
Myrtle Bagot Joyce Carey
Dolly Messiter Everley Gregg
Beryl Waters Margaret Barton
Stanley Dennis Harkin
Stephen Lynn Valentine Dyall
Mary Norton Marjorie Mars
Organist Irene Handl
Director David Lean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Nov 2015
Drama