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An Affair to Remember (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 25 July 1957 (Argentina)
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A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?



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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Nickie Ferrante's return to New York to marry a rich heiress is well publicized as are his many antics and affairs. He meets a nightclub singer Terry McKay who is also on her way home to her longtime boyfriend. She sees him as just another playboy and he sees her as stand-offish but over several days they soon find they've fallen in love. Nickie has never really worked in his life so they agree that they will meet again in six months time atop the Empire State building. This will give them time to deal with their current relationships and for Nickie to see if he can actually earn a living. He returns to painting and is reasonably successful. On the agreed date, Nickie is waiting patiently for Terry who is racing to join him. Fate intervenes however resulting in misunderstanding and heartbreak and only fate can save their relationship. Written by garykmcd

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On the Riviera...across the ocean...and all over New York! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

25 July 1957 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 53-year-old Cary Grant was only 15 years younger than Cathleen Nesbitt, who played his grandmother. See more »


The street lamp shown near the playground just before Terry is seen in the classroom, is not of a design used in New York City. See more »


Terry McKay: We were talking about the place where I was born...
Nickie Ferrante: I can hardly wait for you to grow up.
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Referenced in Au plus près du paradis (2002) See more »


You Make It Easy To Be True
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey
Sung by male chorus, Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
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A pearl in Pink Champagne
12 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film has to be probably the best romantic film I've ever seen, even above Gone With The Wind, but on the same level as The English Patient (my favorite film of all time). I got intrigued by this film back in high school when my sister dragged me to see Sleepless in Seattle. I caught the references to this film that Meg Ryan made throughout that film and thought that I'd like to rent this film (Affair to Remember) to see what the commotion was about. Needless to say, with the whole "shipboard romance" aspect of it, and the promise to meet again in six months atop the Empire State Building of all places, I quickly became hooked. The scene on the French Riviera with Nickie's grandmother playing the piano, oh God is it beautiful! Cary Grant is so debonair and suave and Deborah Kerr is so ravishing and stunningly beautiful, that it always demands repeated viewing from me (at least three times a year). Seeing this film always makes me wonder if something like the kind of relationship that Nickie had with Terry in the film would really be possible. Would and could someone actually leave the person they were engaged to to marry a complete and total stranger that they just met days ago? I'd like to think that it could, but then I am nothing but a hopeless romantic. The final scene always tears my heart out, no matter how many times I've seen it, I'm always sobbing. Watching this film around Valentine's Day (even if you are single) is always a treat. It allows our fantasies to take flight so that we may think that we are actually the one meeting our beloved atop the Empire State Building in a thunderstorm. Watch with a box of Kleenex nearby. My rating: 4 stars

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