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on 14 April 2017
One of my all time favourites
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on 29 December 2001
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 September 2010
I've never been entirely comfortable seeing Cary Grant's tan for what it is; I always thought he was at his most iconic in b/w, with brown skin he begins to look like Des O'Connor. Bt no more of that, because who could afford to miss this smart, amorous comedy where Grant's character - for once, a 'Philip' who isn't a fall guy or an egghead - pretends to be married to avoid the issue with his new love, played by the always magical Ingrid Bergman. What happens, you might guess, is inevitable, but not in the way you might assume. The film even recaptures some of the steam that was present in their previous movie, Hitchcock's Notorious.

Worth seeing for Cary Grant's attempt at a Scottish dance. There's hope for us all.
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on 21 August 2014
I have lost count of how many times I have watched this film! It makes me smile every time. I love to watch Cary Grant dancing and hear him say...'I don't hold my fork in a particular way...' Everyone looks great and sounds wonderful. Ingrid's apartment is beautiful and her dresses are gorgeous. The look on her brother-in-law's face when he sees trouble ahead is just perfect. It is not a complex plot but the characters are charming and wonderful to spend some time with. What's not to like?!!
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on 21 March 2002
One of my all-time favourite movies, with two great, great stars and a delightful plot with a twist still able to surprise those who watch the film for the first time. They really don't make them like this anymore!
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"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.

In fact, this is one of the few movies that shows us how funny Bergman could be; usually she got put in heavy dramas and thrillers. She's world-weary but naive, sweet and a bit fiery. And Grant does his trademarked performance -- dapper, wise and a little tricky. Together they have some wonderful chemistry.

"Indiscreet" is a movie made for low-key romance, some gentle humor, and a pair of actors who were at the height of their powers. Indiscreet, but lovely.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 February 2011
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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on 2 July 2009
A timeless classic with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant at their best. For the romantics, a blissful escape into the past when films were made to delight their audiences.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 18 September 2010
When famous West End actress Anna (Ingrid Bergman) meets married diplomat Phillip (Cary Grant), sparks fly and the two begin a torrid love affair. Much later, Anna learns something about Phillip that puts their relationship in jeopardy.

I love Bergman and Grant, but here they're stuck with a silly and dated script and the result is an epically boring movie; in fact, if it weren't for the gorgeous Christian Dior ball gowns, I wouldn't like anything about it. Cary seems to be doing an impersonation of himself, sleepwalking through his cliché mannerisms and speeches. He never seems sincere and keeps his costar at an emotional distance (but it is fun to see him dance a jig). Ingrid seems phony and arrogant and just off-putting. She's supposed to be ultra-glamorous but just looks tired and plain. They have no romantic chemistry at all and in keeping with the time, share only a few tepid kisses, though much more is implied. The dialogue is unbelievably stilted, so ultra-witty and sophisticated that it never sounds like a real conversation. It's based on a play and filmed in a very artificial, stagy way.

I was amazed at how dull the movie was and actually dozed off in the middle. Because it's about a man who pretends to be married to avoid commitment and a woman who wants to carry on with a married man, I didn't like or admire either of them. The voluminous gowns are vintage 50s and are the best part of the movie.
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on 31 December 2012
This film is all stuff and nonesense, but how well CARY GRANT carries it off, any body in the 1950s must have been aware that this fantasy life style was disconnected from the austerity of the time, on the other hand perhaps like me they just enjoyed the fluff and make believe. In real life most people would find it hard to buy a girl friend a luxury motor yatcht on a whim, but then again thats the charming MR GRANT for you, as ever he carries it off well.
John Bentley. Liverpool.
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