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5.0 out of 5 stars No miscasting here, move along please...
The main criticism this film always seems to receive is that the part of the Jealous Lover should never have gone to the "weak" actor Mr Van Johnson, but instead should have been played by one of Deborah Kerr's usual more powerful leading men. The likes of Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck etc. I completely disagree with this. Here, the very creditable Van...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cushing touches the heart when his wife Kerr ends up under a Van...
Deborah Kerr, my favourite actress, stars here as an unhappily married woman in wartime London, who begins a somewhat pointless affair with disenchanted American writer Van Johnson, and lives to regret it. Edward Dmytryk's 1955 movie version of Graham Greene's novel of Catholic guilt wants to tell an epic story of tragic people and doomed love, a la From Here to Eternity,...
Published on 21 Jun. 2009 by Matthew Mercy


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5.0 out of 5 stars No miscasting here, move along please..., 19 Aug. 2013
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D. Carter "Dave Carter" (Woodford Green, England) - See all my reviews
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The main criticism this film always seems to receive is that the part of the Jealous Lover should never have gone to the "weak" actor Mr Van Johnson, but instead should have been played by one of Deborah Kerr's usual more powerful leading men. The likes of Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck etc. I completely disagree with this. Here, the very creditable Van Johnson perfectly portrays the suffocating frustration and jealous paranoia of an inadequate man caught in circumstances he cannot understand or control. Wartime throws together many unlikely people in very chaotic surroundings. Burt Lancaster, on the other hand, would simply have broken Husband Peter Cushing's jaw, defeated Nazi Germany single handed and dragged the lovely Miss Kerr back to his Kentucky ranch and a life of alcoholism and obesity with no problems...end of story.
Apart from all of that controversy , this film is almost perfect and the casting is inarguably superb. Only the background music perhaps seems a little overwrought to us now. But, as it was made only shortly after the 1951 novel came out, and it is set during and after the second world war, any accusations of it being "dated" are irrelevant. This film is far more authentic than any stylised modern version of the story could ever be. For instance, the mere sight of Deborah Kerr simply sitting at the bar, dropping hints about her possible infidelity, is one of the most truly evocative scenes of any movie I can think of...
Ironically, on the DVD commentary track of the 1999 Remake, Julianne Moore ultimately confides to us that she has "....never seen the original, I hear it's not that great...". This is a shame as she is missing out on a real gem, and she could really learn a lot from watching it. Seeing this might even make her realise there's more to being a truly great actress than just removing your bra and pulling your orgasm-face to order. The original End of the Affair has far more emotional intensity than her remake, good though that was, without having to resort to trouser-dropping or all of that exposed pink skin. Truly a lost art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you get..., 23 May 2011
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This is a solid and quite moving version of one of Greene's heavily religious novels, set in England during the second World War. Good performances from virtually everyone results in a professional - if uninspired -film .
Deborah Kerr, as the bored wife of a British civil servant, brings her typical stiff-upper-lip-charm to her character and Van Johnson, as her "lover", is also perfectly adequate as her co-star. But it is the quirky sting in the tail, of this extraordinary story, which really delivers the emotional punch. See - enjoy - and shed a tear perhaps - but don't go looking for an intellectual ( or religious!) insight which the novel didn't really have either!
Undemanding entertainment from the archive perhaps - but it is still much more enjoyable than the majority of attempts to replicate this genre of romance/melodrama we have seen in the last few decades.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cushing touches the heart when his wife Kerr ends up under a Van..., 21 Jun. 2009
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Matthew Mercy (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Deborah Kerr, my favourite actress, stars here as an unhappily married woman in wartime London, who begins a somewhat pointless affair with disenchanted American writer Van Johnson, and lives to regret it. Edward Dmytryk's 1955 movie version of Graham Greene's novel of Catholic guilt wants to tell an epic story of tragic people and doomed love, a la From Here to Eternity, but, whilst the themes remain, it is prevented from gaining classic status by its tedious pace, dull script, and extremely lifeless performance from the miscast leading man.
Johnson is desperately flat and boring as the morose author; it is such an irritatingly unattractive turn from a profoundly uninteresting actor that one finds it hard to believe that even a woman as bored as Kerr's housewife would find the prospect of a fling with him appealing. Kerr fares a little better (fewer actresses were more expert at displaying sexual frustration lurking beneath an English rose façade), but her performance is not nearly as believable or effective as those in Black Narcissus or the aforementioned From Here to Eternity; movies in which her characters were legitimately desperate and lonely, and in which, moreover, her leading men were genuinely attractive figures of no-nonsense sex appeal. Another gripe is that set next to Johnson's one-note turn, Peter Cushing's expertly delivered supporting performance as Kerr's cuckolded husband is the one that draws all of the viewer's sympathy, and it is his pain and sadness we feel. Whilst obviously not the intended audience reaction, this does attest to Cushing's expertise as a character actor able to bring depth and humanity to one-dimensional roles; something the `gentleman of horror' is not always given credit for in a career latterly spent transplanting brains and hunting vampires. John Mills also turns up in a mildly comic part as a private detective spying on the hapless housewife, although as he was, at the time, arguably Britain's most bankable domestic film star, exactly why he took on such a minor supporting role is unclear.
Apparently, Dmytryk's original intention was to cast Gregory Peck in the Johnson part, which would have lent the film some much needed dramatic weight and, hopefully, a believably sexy fizz (Kerr was always at her sexiest playing opposite big name Hollywood actors like Burt Lancaster and Robert Mitchum). However, even with Peck in the lead, the film would not have been able to truly reflect the novel, in which the writer is not only English, but also a thinly veiled self-portrait of Greene himself. Mainly because of this harebrained amendment to the original's premise, this film adaptation simply does not work. I mean, why would Deborah Kerr betray dear old Peter Cushing for the sake of a bit of humpty-dumpty with a rotund sourpuss like Van Johnson? By comparison, he makes Ralph Fiennes (who played the writer more faithfully in the generally superior 1999 version) look like Cary Grant and Paul Newman rolled into one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tough story but big lesson, 5 July 2013
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A great film, a great story, a great writer, director and cast. This film will teach us all a lesson. I bought it as a gift which turned out to be perfect. Perfect condition, great boxing, and immediate delivery. Lastly great value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic film, 15 Sept. 2013
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Wonderful film for its era. Excellent actors.Plot somewhat repetitive & drawn out, but still a classic that needs holding on to!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 11 July 2014
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dissapointed Icould not watch this dvd cause of "region code?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class, good service, good item, 10 April 2015
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First class, good service, good item
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4.0 out of 5 stars The end of the affair, 25 Jun. 2014
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This took a little while as not from amazon uk and also had ordered several other DVDs at same time ' was not aware that I had ordered region 1 as I had used my us account . This isn't anyone's fault but my own and I will keep the film as hope soon to aquire a multi region player .
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