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Brief Encounter -- After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) enter into a muted but passionate, ultimately doomed, love affair.


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Release Date:
24 August 1946 (USA) See more »
A story of the most precious moments in woman's life!
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins See more »
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Lean, spare & beautiful See more (182 total) »


  (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)
Noël Coward  play "Still Life" (uncredited)
Anthony Havelock-Allan  uncredited
David Lean  uncredited
Ronald Neame  uncredited

Produced by
Noël Coward .... producer (as Noel Coward)
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)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Cineguild (as A Noel Coward - Cineguild Production)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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)

Did You Know?

Celia Johnson was not looking forward to the four week location shoot at the railway station, but her opinion changed when they got there and the cast and crew developed a spirit of camaraderie. Between scenes she usually played poker with the crew or worked a crossword puzzle. She also was impressed with the hospitality shown by the station master, who let them warm up in his office during the cold winter nights.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Myrtle Bagot:[smacks her on the backside] Albert Godby, how dare you!
Albert Godby:I couldn't resist it!
Myrtle Bagot:Oh, well, trouble you for keeping your hands to yourself!
Albert Godby:Oh, you blushing - oh, you look wonderful when you're angry... just like an avenging angel.
Myrtle Bagot:I'll give you avenging angel!... Coming in here taking liberties!
Albert Godby:I thought last Monday, you said you wouldn't object to a friendly little slap.
Myrtle Bagot:Never mind about last Monday... I'm on duty now. And I should think to what would happen if Mr. Saunders should be looking through the window.
Albert Godby:Well, if Mr. Saunders happens to be looking through the window its about time he saw something worth looking at.
Myrtle Bagot:You ought to be ashamed of yourself!
Albert Godby:Oh, it's high spirit... don't be mad at me.
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55 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Lean, spare & beautiful, 25 March 2000
Author: Dibyaduti Purkayastha ( from New Delhi, India

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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