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 film was shot during the final days of World War II, going into production in January 1945. Filming was completed in May, with an interruption on May 4 to celebrate Germany's surrender. See more »


In the middle of the film the refreshment room owner pours milk into Albert's tea twice, once just before and again just after the point of view changes. See more »


Dr. Alec Harvey: You know what's happened, don't you?... I've fallen in love with you.
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Referenced in A Close Shave (1995) See more »


Can't Get Along Without You
Music by William Kernell
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How Can I Describe Perfection.In Two words:Simply Sublime
25 May 2003 | by (Rio De Janeiro,Brazil) – See all my reviews

For me,a film addicted"Brief Encounter" is a polished diamond.It's the most perfect romance:You don't see lovers climbing balconys or dying in each others hand.What you see in "Brief Encounter"is two ordinary people in love.Only two normal people who stumble on one another in a railroad station and discover that they have more things in common,then meets the eye.So they started to see each other once a week,but their love are doomed,because they are both married and have very good lives.Celia Johnson is a sparklling gem as a house wife repressed who finds a man so repressed as she.That leads us to Trevor Howard.I know the reason of Celia's anguish.A normal woman simply could not resist to those eyes and the perfect face of Trevor,who embodies every english man in a simple wave,or just laughing in the theater.David Lean's soberb direction and Noel Coward's perfect story give space to show that you don't need to be Romeo And Juliet to tell that love's a good cause to fight,even when the fight is lost

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