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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 »
Genre:
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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Very Unusual and Nice Work for its Time Period See more (22 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 (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)
 
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: After the bomb explosion, when Sarah leaves, she stops in doorway and grabs the door side with the right hand. Between cuts, she appears without hand on the door at all.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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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Very Unusual and Nice Work for its Time Period, 14 November 2010
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

The Hays Moral Code specifically stated "Adultery and illicit sex, sometimes necessary plot material, must not be explicitly treated or justified, or presented attractively." Still in effect at that time, this is certainly the most explicit treatment of the subject of adultery during the time of the code's strict enforcement from 1935-1955. ("Baby Doll" released in December, 1956 goes a bit further).

While the movie should gets points for its explicit and adult treatment of the subject matter, the film does explicitly preach Catholicism which may be the reason that the theme was allowed. In the 1950's and early 1960's there was a Catholic anthology drama series on U.S. television which often dealt with serious issues like adultery, communism, abusive families, racism, incest, rape and abortion; issues that were almost never raised on television at the time. The show was apparently given a pass because it always ended with one character realizing the issues of his/her ways and having their soul redeemed by joining or rejoining the Catholic Church. This movie reminded me of that show.

The movie does have terrific performances by Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, and Peter Cushing. It should be watched just for the performances. They underplay their roles beautifully and hit emotional high points in just the scenes that need them.

Graham Greene is an excellent writer and knows how to keep a plot moving and constantly surprises the audience.

One can dismiss this movie as Catholic Propaganda, but the movie is touching, thoughtful and well done. The Catholic Propaganda only mars it slightly, a small price to pay for the pleasure it brings. It is a good affair between two handsome/beautiful people, even if it ends with a bit of repentance and feelings of guilt.

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