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The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | | Drama | 26 January 1949 (UK)
The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.

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Professor Steven Stratton
Betty Ann Davies ...
Miss Joan Layton
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Pat Stratton
Arthur Howard ...
Smith - the Butler
Guido Lorraine ...
Hotel Manager
Marcel Poncin ...
Hall Porter
Natasha Sokolova ...
Chambermaid
Hélène Burls ...
Flowerwoman
Jean Serret ...
Emigration Official
Frances Waring ...
Charwoman
Wenda Rogerson ...
Bridge Guest
Helen Piers ...
1st Woman - Albert Hall
Ina Pelly ...
2nd Woman - Albert Hall
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The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps. Written by David Wark <dwark@atge.automail.com>

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Their affair took on a life of its own.

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Production began with Ronald Neame as director. See more »

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When Steven barges into Howard's office, he is shown starting to close the door, followed by the sound of a door closing. However, in the subsequent shot, the door is open again. See more »

Quotes

Howard Justin: Don't you see that you two together are dangerous? You just have to keep away from one another. In the future, I'm going to see to it that you do.
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Version of The Passionate Friends (1922) See more »

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First Love and Last Love
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Joyce Grenfell
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A story for adults
26 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Invariably this film is bound to be compared to "Brief Encounter" and I guess that's to be expected given they were both directed by David Lean, starred Trevor Howard and featured adultery. Frankly I think any comparison to be unfair because that's where their similarities end. I've seen both and I favor "Passionate Friends". I should add that Ann Todd is not one of my favorite performers. Her demeanor can be expressionless and somewhat off putting. But here she truly shines. In Lean's extensive close ups she reveals inner feelings without uttering a word. And her smiles are explosively radiant. She utterly owns this part. The male parts are equally excellent. All the performances wrap the viewer with their passion and involve him in the characters' fates. This is not light viewing. It's an emotional roller coaster and as the climactic finale unfolded I found myself talking to the screen trying to influence the outcome. Without a doubt this is a story by adults, for adults. Highly recommended.


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