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Release Date:
May 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(2 articles)
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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This Movie Is About Religion See more (20 total) »

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)

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
 
Production Management
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)
Peter Mullins .... assistant art director (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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Shot June 29-September 10 1954, copyright 1954.See more »
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Continuity: Maurice kisses Sarah and lowers his hands just before he enters Henry's house. The next shot shows him gripping his tie with his both hands.See more »
Quotes:
Sarah Miles:[to Father Compton] ... I know that it sounds absurd now, but I thought I'd prayed him alive. That *is* absurd, isn't it?... But people don't come alive; when they're dead, they're dead as mutton. Well, at any rate, I prayed, I... I made that stupid promise, and then he... he walked into the room. So it was all a mistake...
Sarah Miles:If there is a god, then he put the thought of that prayer in my mind, and I hate him for it.
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
This Movie Is About Religion, 30 September 2007
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When I saw that this movie was by Graham Greene, I expected a suspense story, maybe a spy story. So I wanted to warn people that this movie is nothing like that. It is about faith and God.

It is couched as a love triangle melodrama. This disguise is so well-wrought that it seems to have fooled a lot of people into thinking the movie is a love story. But all that is merely an excuse for the rather deep philosophical issues that the movie tackles.

In typical Greene manner, though, it is rife with unexpected plot twists. For example, just when I thought the movie was about to wrap itself up, it launched into the real reason for its existence, via a flashback into "what really happened" in Sarah's life. This is an unusual place in a movie to have a long flashback, it seems to me.

After this point, there is one change of direction after another. Up until the very last scene, the movie is quite ambiguous, and it is not at all clear whether Greene views belief in God as a bad, destructive thing or not. Even the last scene does not completely resolve this question.

Johnson has a particularly unusual part, his all-consuming passion for Sarah inadvertently causing her misfortune after misfortune. His understated guilt and horror each time he discovers the effects of his actions is an interesting part of the story.

The acting by the three mains, Kerr, Johnson and, surprisingly, Peter Cushing, is top notch. This movie is not "entertainment," however. It is an intellectual challenge, engaging the viewer to wrestle with issues most thinking humans must come to terms with at one time or another in their lives.

The dialogues between Johnson and Kerr remind me very much of a non-humorous presentation of the themes dealt with in "The Screwtape Letters," with Johnson (and Goodliffe) presenting all the rational, reasonable conclusions favoring atheism, but Kerr inevitably being drawn deeper and deeper into faith in God, more because of their efforts than in spite of them.

As has been demonstrated in other comments, this movie will not be enjoyed by those unwilling to examine their stances towards these fundamental issues of human existence.

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