Affair to Remember [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Grant/Kerr ~ Affair To Remember
Get out your handkerchiefs for this four-star weepie, a 1957 remake of the 1939 Love Affair, directed by Leo McCarey, who also made the original. Grant and Kerr are strangers on an ocean liner, involved with other people, but who can't resist each other for a shipboard romance. They decide to test whether this is the real thing by agreeing to split up, then meet in six months atop the Empire State Building. Is there anyone who can resist that setup or the tragic romantic mishap that nearly splits them up? Can you keep dry eyes during the famous finale? Some prefer the original (with Charles Boyer); practically no one liked the underrated 1994 remake with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. While occasionally a shade slow, this one soars on Grant's charm and Kerr's noble suffering. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Finally realizing that they love each other, but have other people in their lives, they make a decision. They decide to meet each other at the Empire State Building in 6 months. Nicki needs to find a job, he has never had a full time job to support himself, never mind a wife. Nicki starts painting and Terry goes back to singing. The day arrives and...
"The hook comes almost exactly at the halfway point, and while that's the thing most people remember about the film, it also marks the start of its downhill slide." says Peter Harris. Terry has an accident and is transported to the hospital. Nicki waits at the Empire State Building until midnight. Why didn't they communicate? Is this a case of not knowing each other well? And for six months they lived on faith, but at this crucial moment, no one calls the other? Far fetched, yes. But we know that true lovers will find each other and, of course, that does occur.
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are two of the actors of old Hollywood. The romantic and innocent era of love. This is the 50th anniversary of the film, and it comes at a time when romance and innocence are at a low ebb.
Lovely music sung by Vic Damone. Beautiful scenery and an age old love story.
Recommended. prisrob 06-12-13
More than this I won't divulge, though the plot as such is a thin affair. Leo McCarey's direction is sluggish - almost comatose at times, allowing scenes to go on, dramatically, far too long, thereby losing momentum and letting both actors and story down. But for the most part the film deserves its longeurs, allowing certain moments to linger in the mind.
The great Cary Grant could do a part like this in his sleep, but Kerr is quite superb, giving a totally truthful reading to each line, indeed each moment, and is very touching.
Early on, the elderly Cathleen Nesbitt has some lovely scenes as Grant's grandmother (though he was himself already 53 when he made this, only 16 years younger than his ostensible granny) and Richard Denning gives solid support as Kerr's intended.
The film is surprisingly open about sexual matters (in the most discreet way, naturally) and a sexual tension runs through all the scenes on board the ship, with both Kerr & Grant playing them beautifully.
I haven't seen the film, by the same director, of which this was the first remake (Love Affair, with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne) but apparently it was a lot better. One thing that bogs this one down is the puzzling preponderance of musical numbers - it actually feels like a musical at some points.
A good 20 to 30 minutes could have been snipped off the film if the latter had been rationed, and the direction had been snappier. The last scene begins in the most downbeat way too, then becomes almost unforgettable.
This is still well worth seeing, if only for Grant doing what he did better than anyone, and the radiant Kerr at her best.
Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant), is a man in his late 40s and a well-known playboy who until the beginning of the film had a pleasant but rather futile life. Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) is a gal in her late 30s, who until the beginning of this film had a relatively comfortable but rather unsatisfying life. They are both involved with someone else. They meet aboard the Transatlantic ocean liner SS Constitution en route from Europe to New York and their first meeting doesn't go all that well. And then the film really begins and I will say nothing more about the story.
This film is a remake of 1939 "Love Affair", starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. I didn't see the 1939 film, but it seems that this remake is very faithful to the original - which is understandable, as both films had the same director, Leo McCarey.
"An affair to remember" is a charming movie, with a great scenario and excellent dialogs. Both main actors were talented and experienced and director Leo McCarey led them with the skill of a great master. I don't think there is one scene or one dialog line which can be faulted here. Watching this film was pure pleasure from the first to the last second and at the end I had tears in my eyes - even if I am really NOT a young girl...
Parts of this film inspired "Sleepless in Seattle", but the story here is very, very different - and I like this film much more. A remake was also made in 1994, with the title switching again to "Love affair" and Warren Beatty and Annette Bening starring.Read more ›
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Bought for a friend. My favourite ever film. Sob my socks off at the end every time I watch itPublished 1 month ago by madwife
A wonderfully nostalgic love story with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. I much enjoyed watching it again.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Lewis