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May 1955 (USA) See more »
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In wartorn London Maurice Bendrix falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles. They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Deborah Kerr: Socially Dubious Desires
 (From Alt Film Guide. 22 May 2012, 2:03 PM, PDT)

Van Johnson: 1916 - 2008
 (From IMDb News. 14 December 2008, 1:27 PM, PST)

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Cast

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Deborah Kerr ... Sarah Miles

Van Johnson ... Maurice Bendrix

John Mills ... Albert Parkis

Peter Cushing ... Henry Miles

Michael Goodliffe ... Smythe
Stephen Murray ... Father Crompton
Charles Goldner ... Savage
Nora Swinburne ... Mrs. Bertram
Frederick Leister ... Dr. Collingwood
Mary Williams ... Maid
O'Donovan Shiell ... Doctor
Elsie Wagstaff ... Bendrix Landlady
Christopher Warbey ... Lancelot Parkis
Nan Munro ... Mrs. Tomkins
Joyce Carey ... Miss Palmer
Josephine Wilson ... Miss Smythe
Victor Maddern ... 1st Orator
David Bird ... 3rd Orator
Sheila Ward ... Old Woman (as Shela Ward)
Edwin Ellis ... Rescue Worker
Stanley Rose ... Fireman
Bart Allison ... Museum Attendant
W. Thorp Deverreux ... Club Servant (as W. Thorp Devereux)
Mary Reed ... Cameo appearance
Margaret Holmes ... Cameo appearance
John H. Watson ... Cameo appearance
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Gray ... Party Guest Who Is Seen In The Mirror Kissing Sarah (uncredited)
King George VI ... Himself, 1945 (archive footage) (uncredited)
Princess Margaret ... Herself, 1945 (archive footage) (uncredited)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself, 1945, as Princess Elizabeth (archive footage) (uncredited)
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself, 1945 (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (novel)

Lenore J. Coffee 

Produced by
David Lewis .... producer
David E. Rose .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
 
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
 
Casting by
Paul Sheridan 
 
Art Direction by
Donald M. Ashton  (as Don Ashton)
 
Makeup Department
Maude Onslow .... hair stylist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
 
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Ernest Holding .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Noble .... assistant director (as Christopher Noble)
John George .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Norman Harrison .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Maurice Fowler .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
Red Law .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Hume .... camera operator
Eddie Earp .... focus puller (uncredited)
Laurie Ridley .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Squire .... costume designer: Deborah Kerr
 
Editorial Department
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
 
Other crew
Betty Forster .... continuity
Clive Freedman .... location manager (uncredited)
 

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105 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Gregory Peck was offered the male lead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Maurice encounters Henry in the street. It is raining and their raincoats are completely wet. However, when they appears indoors, showed from the front, their raincoats are dry.See more »
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Sarah Miles:Now that I'm what they call "good" I'm no good to anyone.See more »
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Heavy going...tedious love affair against war background..., 7 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The first disadvantage of THE END OF THE AFFAIR is that the star chemistry between DEBORAH KERR and VAN JOHNSON is not there. Each does a respectable job as two people burdened under the strain of a doomed love affair, but the motivations are murky, the talk is endless and the resolution seems more like a cop-out than anything else.

The second disadvantage is that this is from a novel by Graham Greene, a writer whose works don't seem to translate well to the screen--too intellectual, too complex and too pseudo-religious for their own good, with the exception of THE THIRD MAN.

And last but not least, the story itself is dull--the "she loves me, she loves me not" theme goes back and forth between Kerr and Johnson with no meeting of the minds to bring them together. Finally, it becomes tiresome to see both of them wallowing in self-pity because their love cannot be consummated.

PETER CUSHING, as the mild-mannered husband who is clueless about his wife's "problems" is effective and natural enough in the sort of low-key performance one doesn't expect from him. JOHN MILLS does nicely as the detective hired by Johnson to spy on Kerr, adding a bit of much needed humor to the rather dour storyline.

Downbeat romance with mismatched stars in the leading roles, it never amounts to much. Someone like DIRK BOGARDE might have been able to be create a more believable portrait than Johnson does and at least provide the missing chemistry with Kerr. No matter, it's a tiresome tale of mutual distrust that kills any chance of a relationship.

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