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The End of the Affair (1999)

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On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Heather-Jay Jones ...
Henry's Maid (as Heather Jay Jones)
Sam Bould ...
Lance Parkis (as Samuel Bould)
Cyril Shaps ...
Penny Morrell ...
Simon Fisher-Turner ...
Doctor Gilbert (as Dr. Simon Turner)
Nicholas Hewetson ...
Chief Warden
Jack McKenzie ...
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On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed. Written by Anonymous

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The end was just the beginning.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ocaso de un amor  »

Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$198,535 (USA) (3 December 1999)


$10,660,147 (USA) (17 March 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julianne Moore's role was played in the previous film version by Deborah Kerr. This same year, another one of Kerr's films was remade: The King and I (1956) was remade as Anna and the King (1999), with Jodie Foster. Moore later went on to take over Foster's role in Hannibal (2001). See more »


When Henry storms out of the pub after Bendrix tells him about Smythe, Bendrix finishes off his whisky in one gulp. In the next shot, there is still some whisky in the glass. See more »


Maurice Bendrix: I am a jealous man.
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Remake of the 1955 film of the same name, a fine modern version.
26 May 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

First, my complaint. I saw "The End of the Affair" on DVD, and although the picture is always exquisite, the dialog in quiet scenes is sometimes impossible to understand. We had to resort to using the "subtitles" feature on the DVD to understand dialog in two key scenes. Fortunately you can easily do this on the DVD.

The story is set in London in WWII, spanning 1939 through 1946. I did not see the 1955 movie of the same name, but one critic described it, in part...

<quote>When I thought the film had come so far to bring so much of human existence, with all its emotions, philosophy, belief, and religion to the fore, the film found more fertile ground. The relationships are complicated, and the nature of faith, God, sin, and belief become part of the complex mix, along with the very human desire to do the right thing. Sarah most particularly must struggle with these age old questions as she searches from sources of different, even contradictory viewpoints. The dilemmas and questions all of us ask at one time or another are dealt with in a detailed manner, without passing along the answer to everything. What could have been trite turned out to be a film much more than the premise, and even more than the sum of its parts. <un-quote>

All I can say is "amen" to that for the 1999 version. I found it to be a totally absorbing film and rate it a solid "8" of "10".

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