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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert, David Kossoff
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Norman Krasna
  • Producers: Stanley Donen, Sydney Streeter
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ABUM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,157 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:
Widescreen presentation.
Interactive menus.
Original theatrical trailer.
Subtitles.

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Christian Dior really ought to be considered one of the stars of Indiscreet, director Stanley Donen's consummately glamourous, altogether grown-up love story. The magnificent 1950s "New Look" gowns Dior designed for Ingrid Bergman, herself at the peak of sophistication and loveliness, are a high point of the film's chic, cosmopolitan mise en scène. Bergman plays Anne Kalman, a celebrated actress who's "the envy of everyone who knows her," yet is bored and lonely. Then she meets suave diplomat Philip Adams (Cary Grant), her match in every way: looks, charm, elegance--the works. The electricity is palpable between them and neither makes any attempt to hide that fact. When Anne learns that Philip is an expert on international finance, she's bold enough to crack: "I'm crazy about hard currency."

It's the very maturity of the romance between Anne and Philip that makes this movie so exhilarating, so romantic, and so affecting. When people fall in love at "a certain age" it's much more poignant; much more is at stake. (The film has a truly surprising plot twist, which throws everything into chaos.) The two "sadder but wiser" stars Bergman and Grant had certainly seen their share of love and heartbreak by this time in their lives, and it shows. (Grant was on the third of his five marriages; Bergman's career had already survived the scandal of her adulterous affair with Roberto Rossellini.) It's fascinating to watch them both, knowing what we know of their personal lives: to see Bergman's Anne throw caution to the wind to commit an "indiscretion" with a married man; to observe Grant/Philip's distinct ambivalence about the institution of marriage. It's a case of picture-perfect casting. --Laura Mirsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By swadham@lineone.net on 29 Dec. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A perfect mixture of Grant magic with humour, action (see him do the Eightsome Reel!), storyline, romance and superb casting of minor roles all of whom contribute to the overall success of this film. The Grant/Bergmann combination is a winner again and the scenic background and musical score memorable. The end may be a bit wobbly but nevertheless Cary Grant carries it off with his customary style and understated wit and timing. This is an essential ingredient for everyone's Cary Grant Library.
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Out of Warner Brothers, Indiscreet is directed by Stanley Donen and stars Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant, with support coming from Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert, David Kossoff & Megs Jenkins. It is based on the play "Kind Sir" written by Norman Krasna. Plot sees Bergman as Anna Kalman, an accomplished actress who can't believe her luck when she finally meets the man of her dreams, Philip Adams (Grant). However, Phillip is keeping a secret, a secret that Anna finds out about and promptly sets about getting even with him for.

Indiscreet is a very simple movie. Grant and Bergman re-team again 12 years after making Notorious with Alfred Hitchcock. Their chemistry is again sparkling and Donen utilises it to the maximum by naturally building the film around the charismatic stars. There's no hidden agendas here, the movie knows it is breezy and understands that good writing (edgy at times) and two comfortable actors can make for good entertainment. It starts off slow, but the character build up pays off once Grant & Bergman start their romance, in fact the comedy is indeed thin on the ground for the first half of the film. But once the secret at the core of the plot is out, the comedy kicks into gear, with a dancing party sequence joyous and alone is worth watching the film for.

Also note worthy is the London location which provides a fitting back drop to the well mannered, well to do, coupling of Anna & Phillip. While the costumes too are pleasing and hang nicely off of the two aesthetically safe-in middle-age actors. It's no screwball, far from it, so any expectation of that will surely disappoint newcomers. And true to say it's very old fashioned and of its time as regards its romantic ideals. But that's OK, we like light hearted well written comedy, especially when it's performed as smooth as it is here. 7/10
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
"Indiscreet" is one of those cute, frothy romantic comedies that wouldn't be remembered if it didn't star great actors. In this case, it's Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, who get to flirt, smile and lie through their teeth, and bring an average script to life as they do so.

Anna Kalman (Ingrid Bergman) is a wealthy, accomplished actress in London, but she's just about ready to give up on finding Mr. Right. But then her brother-in-law brings sexy, handsome diplomat Philip Addams into her apartment, and Anna is smitten. She accompanies him out on the town, and finds that he is as attracted to her as she is to him.

There's only one problem: He's married, and his wife won't agree to a divorce. But Anna decides to get involved anyway, and she and Philip embark on a quiet affair, which is deeper and more loving than any of her prior relationships. But then Anna finds out that Philip lied -- he isn't married after all. Unsurprisingly she's furious, and hell hath no fury like a woman sort-of-scorned...

Yeah, it's a frothy, thin sort of plot, and you can predict the ending as soon as Philip says he's married. But anyone who enjoys light, sweet romance is going to enjoy this movie just for the sight of Grant and Bergman playing off each other. That is the best part of the movie, and without those two, it would have just another lightweight Hollywood confection.

The script and direction are solid enough, with lots of low-key humor. It's more likely to produce chuckles than belly laughs, with scenes like Bergman encountering Grant for the first time... wearing a bathrobe and facer cream. And it's paired with a sweet script that is just quirky enough. "How dare he make love to me and not be a married man!" Bergman wails when she finds out the truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Addison de Witt on 13 May 2011
Format: DVD
A comedy with impeccable credentials: written by Norman Krasna,directed by Stanley Donen, with two great stars and a sterling British supporting cast - and it is undoubtedly enjoyable, but..but..it seems almost churlish to cavil, it is not quite the gem one might have anticipated.Norman Krasna penned some delightful comedies of the early Forties ("The Devil & Miss Jones" with Jean Arthur, "The Flame of New Orleans" with Dietrich) but this script, based on his play "Kind Sir", though a perfectly serviceable romantic comedy, seems to lack the sparkle and originality of his best work. Perhaps because by the time this was made (1958) this sort of comedy had gone out of fashion. By this time Donen was based in London, where the film was made.It enabled him to collect a supporting cast to include such reliable performers as Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert, David Kossoff and Megs Jenkins, who do all that is expected of them.The material does not make any great demands on its leading players:Ingrid Bergman can handle even this feather-light nonsense and is always lovely to watch, and of course Cary Grant could do this sort of role in his sleep, but one does get the impression that both of these great stars are perhaps a trifle mature for such frivolity, and it does not compare favourably with their previous pairing (in Hitchcock's "Notorious").
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