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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:
Ignore That First Review. This Is A Classic 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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:
David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ronald Neame and Noel Coward all wanted Celia Johnson to play the part of Laura Jesson. Johnson hated making films, but after Coward read the part to her in October 1944, she knew that she had to play that part.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Laura runs through a downpour but is dry when she walks into the refreshment room.See more »
Quotes:
Laura Jesson:[thinking to herself while looking at her husband, Fred] Fred, dear Fred. There's so much that I want to say to you. You're the only one in the world with enough wisdom and gentleness to understand. If only it was somebody else's story and not mine. As it is, you're the only one in the world that I can never tell...See more »
Soundtrack:
Can't Get Along Without YouSee more »

FAQ

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141 out of 175 people found the following review useful.
Ignore That First Review. This Is A Classic, 30 December 2003
Author: gbtbag from Los Angeles

The person who wrote the first review of this movie must be either a complete moron or has an acute lack of appreciation for what constitutes great moviemaking.

"Brief Encounter" is the perfect encapsulation of a very specific time in both women's and British history. The immediate post-WW 2 era in the UK was a period that saw Brits struggling with the disppearance of traditional social mores that had endured for over a century and the new world order that came about at the conclusion of the war. (For another, beautifully crafted cinematic example, see Neil Jordan's exquisite movie "The End of the Affair.")

Food rationing was still in place in postwar Britain. Women were having to deal with getting to know their menfolk again, after their years of absence at war. Like their American "Rosie the Riveter" counterparts, British women had enjoyed newfound and unfamiliar independence during wartime, working for the war effort. And, like their US "sisters", they were expected to relinquish those jobs to returning men.

"Brief Encounter" is, in many ways, a metaphor for the struggle that men and women were going through, stuck with having to conform to social expectations while bursting to escape to the greater independence glimpsed fleetingly and pleasurably during the war, when everything and everyone were turned upside down.

Being the work of Noel Coward, that master observer of and commentator on English manners, "Brief Encounter" frames this struggle as a torrid love story bubbling under the surface of British reserve, which demands maintaining appearances at all costs, regardless of the personal pain involved.

This passionate pair, who never even exchange a kiss, are constrained and ultimately kept apart by expectations--of their families, of their social positions, of Great Britain.

When Alec puts his hand on Laura's shoulder at their final, unexpectedly truncated meeting in the station snack bar/waiting room, it's as erotic and far more touching than just about every sex scene you'll see in movies.

The first reviewer completely missed the point and the relevance of this movie in film history and, especially, in British cinema history.

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