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The End of the Affair (1999)

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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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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Drama | Romance

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

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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ocaso de un amor  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$198,535, 5 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,660,147, 19 March 2000
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Ralph Fiennes plays a similar character in "The English Patient," in which he carries on a doomed relationship with a married woman. See more »

Goofs

Bendrix has just finished putting Sarahs stocking on and attaching the garter strap. In the next shot he puts her shoe on a foot clearly not wearing a stocking. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: Love doesn't end, just because we don't see each other.
Maurice Bendrix: Doesn't it?
Sarah: People go on loving God, don't they? All their lives. Without seeing him.
Maurice Bendrix: That's not my kind of love.
Sarah: Maybe there is no other kind.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Hurry Home
Written by Joseph Meyer, Robert D. Emmerich and Buddy Bernier
Performed by Bert Ambrose and His Orchestra (as Ambrose and His Orchestra)
Sung by Denny Dennis
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd.
Under license from The Film and TV Licensing Division of The Universal Music Group
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Remake of the 1955 film of the same name, a fine modern version.
26 May 2000 | by 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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