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The End of the Affair -- A World War II-based love triangle between a British civil servant (Peter Cushing, Horror of Dracula), his unfaithful wife (Deborah Kerr, The King and I, 1956) and an American writer (Van Johnson, The Caine Mutiny). Based on the autobiographical novel by Graham Greene.

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Director:
Writers:
Graham Greene (from the novel by)
Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay)
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(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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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)
Mandy Harper ... Young Girl (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 (from the novel by)

Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore 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)
 
Location Management
Clive Freedman .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
 
Other crew
Betty Forster .... continuity
 

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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:
Anachronisms: Although the story is taking place during and just after World War II, 1944-1946, all of Deborah Kerr's clothing and hairstyles are strictly mid-1950's; there are even some 1950's vintage automobiles visible in the background in many scenes.See more »
Quotes:
Sarah Miles:What do you believe in, Henry? All these years I've been married to you I've never really known; I've never even asked. Do you believe that there's a hell and a heaven, and an immortal soul, and a god who rewards and punishes and answers prayers?
Henry Miles:It's not exactly the sort of thing to go into over a cup of tea.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Guilt and Jealousy, 23 January 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Graham Greene's The End Of The Affair has Van Johnson coming over from America and Deborah Kerr returning to the United Kingdom for this British film with British supporting cast. Of all the Graham Greene work I've seen on the big and small screen this is the most overtly Catholic film I think was ever done.

Kerr is married to dull and earnest Peter Cushing and one night at a party during World War II she meets American writer Johnson who after being invalided out of the service stayed on Great Britain. Johnson intrigues and excites Kerr and the two of them are soon in love. Then the guilt starts. Guilt on Kerr's part, jealousy on Johnson's. Poor Cushing for most of the film he hasn't a clue.

After the beginning the two can never quite get together. Imagine Johnson who is the paramour hires a private detective to keep track of Kerr's movements to reassure Cushing. This is after things have cooled down. What a pair Johnson has. The detective is John Mills who I'm surprised is taking a small supporting role. He even takes along his young son Christopher Warbey for his surveillance work, the better that his subject doesn't think he's being followed. Besides he's breaking him into the business. The part must have intrigued Mills because he's the best one in the movie.

I suppose being a Catholic really helps understand all the subtleties in the story. I much preferred that other affair film Johnson did with Jane Wyman, Miracle In The Rain. No guilt, just people in love.

Cushing's character was odd. He was sweet but weak, the kind you feel sorry for. No grand passion was ever to be forthcoming with Kerr or anyone else he would have ever hooked up with.

The End Of The Affair is all right. The remake done in 1999 with Ralph Fiennes in the Van Johnson role was more explicit. If you like Graham Greene you'll like both versions.

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