Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 August 1946 (USA)
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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.


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At a café on a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, although they know that their love is impossible. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A story of the most precious moments in woman's life!


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Release Date:

24 August 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Begegnung  »

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£170,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The production drew extras from the area around Carnforth. Those involved were particularly pleased to enjoy the dinner provided each night, which included sweets and other items restricted by wartime rationing. See more »


Laura runs through a downpour but is dry when she walks into the refreshment room. See more »


Laura Jesson: I felt suddenly quite wildly happy.
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Referenced in Dad's Army: Mum's Army (1970) See more »


Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2.
Played by Eileen Joyce with The National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
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Lean, spare & beautiful
25 March 2000 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

I didn't think I'd write this comment till I saw the 2 previous ones criticizing 'BE'. I don't know how much this movie would appeal to camp-followers of an in-your-face go-getting culture. Some of the frequent adjectives describing this movie is 'civilised', 'restrained', 'noble'. To those who call this movie dated, I'll say that these are indeed qualities which are hardly followed & upheld today, especially in movies. However movies do reflect contemporary social mores, & maybe the story of two illicit lovers sacrificing their love for something as obvious as home & family does not find to many buyers today.

For those who think a movie can convey some of the most intimate emotions, conflicts & visions known to us, those who believe 2 art forms (Rachmaninoff's 2nd, Lean's 4th) can coexist brilliantly, & finally for those who believed David Lean got body-snatched in mid-career to make over-blown nonsense like 'Dr. Zhivago' this is one of the best ways to spend 86 minutes!

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