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Release Date:
24 August 1946 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A story of the most precious moments in woman's life!
Plot:
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Briefly, a great film See more (180 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Celia Johnson ... Laura Jesson

Trevor Howard ... Dr. Alec Harvey

Stanley Holloway ... Albert Godby
Joyce Carey ... Myrtle Bagot
Cyril Raymond ... Fred Jesson
Everley Gregg ... Dolly Messiter
Marjorie Mars ... Mary Norton
Margaret Barton ... Beryl Walters, Tea Room Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilfred Babbage ... Policeman at War Memorial (uncredited)
Alfie Bass ... Waiter at the Royal (uncredited)
Wallace Bosco ... Doctor at Bobbie's Accident (uncredited)
Sydney Bromley ... Johnnie, Second Soldier (uncredited)
Nuna Davey ... Herminie Rolandson, Mary's Cousin (uncredited)
Valentine Dyall ... Stephen Lynn, Alec's 'Friend' (uncredited)
Irene Handl ... Cellist and Organist (uncredited)
Dennis Harkin ... Stanley, Beryl's Man (uncredited)
Edward Hodge ... Bill, First Soldier (uncredited)
Jack May ... Boat Rental Man (uncredited)
Avis Scott ... Kardomah Waitress (uncredited)
George V. Sheldon ... Clergyman, Train Passenger (uncredited)
Richard Thomas ... Bobbie Jesson (uncredited)
Henrietta Vincent ... Margaret Jesson (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Noel Coward  play "Still Life" (uncredited)
Anthony Havelock-Allan  uncredited
David Lean  uncredited
Ronald Neame  uncredited

Produced by
Noel Coward .... producer
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... producer (uncredited)
Ronald Neame .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Art Direction by
Lawrence P. Williams  (as L.P. Williams)
 
Production Management
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... in charge of production
E.J. Holding .... production manager (as E. Holding)
Ronald Neame .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Victor Wark .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
G.E. Calthrop .... art supervisor: Noel Coward
William Kellner .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Elven Webb .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Herbert Westbrook .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist
Stanley Lambourne .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
Peter Davies .... dubbing sound camera (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
B. Francke .... camera operator
Jim Body .... focus puller (uncredited)
Alan Bryce .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Arthur Ibbetson .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ronald Neame .... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
E. Owen .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Margery Saunders .... associate editor
John Cooke .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Winston Ryder .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... associate musical director (uncredited)
Percival Mackey .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Muir Mathieson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Sibley)
Renée Glynne .... production secretary (uncredited)
T. Tomson .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Production Companies
  • Cineguild (as A Noel Coward - Cineguild Production)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:(Banned) | Netherlands:AL | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1990) (2005) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #11819, Adult Audience)
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Trivia:
In the 1999 British Film Institute poll of the top 100 British films, director David Lean had 3 of his films place in the top 5. "Brief Encounter" placed second.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Laura runs through a downpour but is dry when she walks into the refreshment room.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Alec Harvey:[hearing a trio playing in the restaurant] There should be a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Musical Instruments.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2.See more »

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93 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Briefly, a great film, 20 June 2002
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

There's not a lot to say. Like many classics this film is simply constructed with all the elements in balance so that none stands out. Everything in it contributes something essential; the lighting, the unromantic railway station sets, the minor characters and of course the music, the ultra-romantic Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 2. The emotional rollercoaster of the illicit affair has seldom been better portrayed. Perhaps it is a little understated for transatlantic tastes but no-one viewing this movie would not appreciate that the English can be as passionate as the rest of us.

Celia Johnson as Laura and Trevor Howard as Alec are perfect together. It being 1945, they do not get to bed – that would have ruined the audience's sympathy for them in those rather more censorious times. It's all in their minds but their faces give the game away – to each other and to the bystanders. Nothing happens to drag anyone near the awful divorce courts, but you are left wondering whether Celia will ever feel quite the same about her dull, comfortable, patronising and boring husband. As for Alec, he professes he will love her forever but then, he's a man.

Noel Coward produced this film from a short play of his from 1935 (the war and post-war shortages are absent), and his dulcet tones may be recognised in the railway station announcements. David Lean directed, and it is a remarkable collaboration. The action is opened out a little – a row on the lake, a drive in the country - but the scenes from the play set entirely in the railway refreshment rooms still remain the centre of the story. The parallel relationship between Albert the station guard (Stanley Holloway), and Myrtle the refreshment room attendant (Joyce Carey), is an interesting counterpoint to the angst-ridden middle class would-be adulterers. Surely Noel old boy you weren't suggesting that the working class handles this sort of thing better? We see things largely from Laura's point of view and perhaps Alec didn't feel quite so guilty, but their consciences are going to make them pay. A gem of a movie.

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