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Writers (WGA):
Graham Greene (novel)
Neil Jordan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 December 1999 (Canada) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The end was just the beginning.
Plot:
On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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In Greeneland, God writes the punchlines See more (163 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ralph Fiennes ... Maurice Bendrix

Stephen Rea ... Henry Miles

Julianne Moore ... Sarah Miles
Heather-Jay Jones ... Henry's Maid (as Heather Jay Jones)

James Bolam ... Mr. Savage

Ian Hart ... Mr. Parkis
Sam Bould ... Lance Parkis (as Samuel Bould)
Cyril Shaps ... Waiter
Penny Morrell ... Bendrix's Landlady
Simon Fisher-Turner ... Doctor Gilbert (as Dr. Simon Turner)

Jason Isaacs ... Father Richard Smythe

Deborah Findlay ... Miss Smythe
Nicholas Hewetson ... Chief Warden
Jack McKenzie ... Chief Engineer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nic Main ... Commanding officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Neil Jordan 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Graham Greene (novel)

Neil Jordan (screenplay)

Produced by
Neil Jordan .... producer
Kathy Sykes .... co-producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt 
 
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Anthony Pratt 
 
Art Direction by
Jon Billington 
Chris Seagers (supervising art director)
Tony Woollard 
 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Joanne Woollard 
 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... hair designer
Christine Beveridge .... makeup designer
Sarah Trudi Herrmann .... trainee makeup artist
Paolo Mantini .... hair stylist
Elaine L. Offers .... makeup artist: Julianne Moore
Vivien Riley .... hair stylist
Vivien Riley .... key makeup artist
Demelza Rogers .... hair stylist
Demelza Rogers .... makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup artist: Ralph Fiennes
Felicity Wright .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Phil Hounam .... unit manager
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Clayton .... assistant director
Sean Clayton .... assistant director
Marios Hamboulides .... assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... assistant director
Ian Stone .... assistant director
Anthony Wilcox .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nicola Barnes .... art department production assistant
John Bohan .... construction manager
Thomas Brown .... art department assistant
Colin Burgess .... dressing props
Derek Dackombe .... supervising carpenter
Carol Eastwood .... construction buyer
Michael Finlay .... painter
Heidi Gibb .... art department assistant
Alan Gilmore .... draughtsman
Matthew Gray .... draughtsman (as Matt Gray)
Jo Graysmark .... assistant art director
Alan Grenham .... stand-by painter
David Haberfield .... supervising painter
Robert Harper .... painter
Gary Hedges .... chargehand carpenter
Terry Heggarty .... painter
Margaret Horspool .... stand-by art director
Kevin Lloyd .... chargehand stagehand
David Lowery .... supervising carpenter
Thomas Martin .... head carpenter
Dave Midson .... props
Steve Mitchell .... scenic artist
Danny O'Regan Jr. .... stand-by carpenter
Daniel O'Regan .... supervising carpenter
John O'Shaughnessy .... production buyer
Keith Pitt .... dressing props
Danny Rogers .... graphic designer
Keith Stevenson .... set dresser
Emma Tauber .... art department production assistant
Bradley Torbett .... chargehand stand-by props
Jason Torbett .... stand-by props
Keith Vowles .... property master
Clive Ward .... head painter
John Whitby .... carpenter
Derek Whorlow .... supervising stagehand
Clive Wilson .... dressing props
Robert Wishart .... chargehand carpenter
Tony Marks .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Lewis Aschenbrenner .... boom operator (as John Lewis)
Mark Auguste .... sound editor
Sam Auguste .... assistant sound editor
Tim Hands .... adr editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Daniel Laurie .... assistant dialogue editor
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
David Stephenson .... production sound mixer
Richard Street .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer
Derek Trigg .... foley editor
Colin Wood .... sound maintenance
 
Special Effects by
James Brady .... special effects technician
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor
Yves De Bono .... special effects supervisor
Mark Griffin .... special effects buyer/tech
Ron Hone .... special effects technician (as Ronald Hone)
Trevor Neighbour .... special effects workshop supervisor
Terry Rigarlsford .... special effects technician
Andy Wilson .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... optical cameraman
Libby Hazell .... visual effects producer
Chris Monks .... CG artist
Mark Nelmes .... visual effects supervisor
Alex Payman .... compositing artist
Pat Wong .... digital compositor
Jan Hogevold .... digital scanning and recording: CFC (uncredited)
Oliver James .... research and development (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Jennings .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunt coordinator
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Peter Pedrero .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Danny Espey .... electrician
Warren Ewen .... electrician
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Stephen Finch .... electrician
Guy Frost .... clapper loader
Amy Gilliam .... camera trainee
Martin Goddard .... stand-by rigger
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Edwin Hawkins .... rigger
Peter Hawkins .... rigger
Simon Lucas .... electrician
Clive Mackey .... focus puller
Colin Manning .... grip
Keith Manning .... grip
Graham Martyr .... focus puller
Billy Merrell .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Bill Merrell)
Andrew Nolan .... practical electrician
Tommy O'Sullivan .... electrician
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Elliot Thomas .... electrician
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Garie Wetherill .... video assist trainee
Berndt Wiese .... clapper loader
Gordon Segrove .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kate Bryden .... casting assistant
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Toni Brennand .... wardrobe
John Cowell .... head costume painter
Charlotte Finlay .... costumer
Annie Hadley .... chief costume cutter
Joe Hobbs .... wardrobe
Sharon Long .... costume supervisor
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
Sunita Singh .... wardrobe
Dominic Young .... costume maker
 
Editorial Department
Jens Baylis .... first assistant editor
Michael J. Gaffey .... post-production runner (as Mike Gaffey)
Valentina Giambanco .... second assistant editor
Matthew Tucker .... assistant editor
Natasha Wilkinson .... editor trainee
Philippa Wood .... post-production coordinator
Nuala Roche .... assistant conforming editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Cameron Allan .... music producer
Alexander Balanescu .... musician: solo violin
Michael Connell .... supervising music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Austin Ince .... music engineer
Michael Nyman .... conductor
Jackie Shave .... orchestra leader
Bruce White .... viola
Rachel Allen .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Nick Barr .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Mark Berrow .... musician: viola (uncredited)
David Chatterton .... musician: trumpet and flugel horn (uncredited)
Dave Clarke .... music engineer (uncredited)
Nick Cooper .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems (uncredited)
Dermot Crehan .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Beverley Davison .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Manon Derome .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Martin Elliott .... musician: soprano, alto and baritone saxophone (uncredited)
Jonathan Evans-Jones .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Christian Forshaw .... musician: English horn (uncredited)
Simon Haram .... musician: soprano, alto and baritone saxophone (uncredited)
John Harle .... musician: soprano and alto saxophone (uncredited)
Sophie Harris .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tony Hinnigan .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Ian Humphries .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Philippa Ibbotson .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Austin Ince .... music mixer (uncredited)
Patrick Kiernan .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Boguslav Kostecki .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Christopher Laurence .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Julian Leaper .... musician: violin (uncredited)
David Lee .... musician: bass trombone and tuba (uncredited)
Rita Manning .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Paul Martin .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Anne Morfee .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Kate Musker .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Everton Nelson .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Andrew Parker .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Helen Paterson .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Maciej Rakowski .... musician: violin (uncredited)
David Roah .... musician: soprano and alto saxophone (uncredited)
William Schofield .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Mary Scully .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Jackie Shave .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Katherine Shave .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Steve Sidwell .... musician: trumpet/flugelhorn (uncredited)
Sonia Slany .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jonathan Snowden .... musician: flute, alto sax, piccolo and bassoon (uncredited)
Cathy Thompson .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Phil Todd .... musician: flute, alto sax and piccolo (uncredited)
Chris Tombling .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Bruce White .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Paul Willey .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Warren Zielinski .... musician: violin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Beth Bellson .... stand-in: Julianne Moore
Alan Bennett .... production assistant
Aron Clayton .... production assistant
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
John Eccleston .... post-production accountant
John Erraught .... development executive
Marios Hamboulides .... production assistant
Sarah Hamilton .... assistant production coordinator
Ben Harrison .... floor runner
Steve Hart .... first assistant location manager
Amanda Hawes .... location assistant
Sarah Hunt .... assistant production accountant
Sarah Jordan .... assistant: Neil Jordan
Allin Kempthorne .... typing double: Ralph Fiennes
Kimie Kimura-Heaney .... set production assistant
Damon Meredith .... assistant location manager
Kelly Messias .... assistant: Ralph Fiennes
Steve Morphew .... stand-in: Ralph Fiennes
Ali Moshref .... assistant production accountant
Anya Noakes .... publicist
Peter Ogunsalu .... assistant: Stephen Woolley
Maggie Phelan .... production accountant
Roger Phillips .... title designer
David Pinnington .... location manager
Brenda Rawn .... executive assistant: Neil Jordan
Christina Rice .... assistant: Julianne Moore
Frances Richardson .... assistant production accountant
Deryn Stafford .... production coordinator
Graham Stevens .... stand-in: Stephen Rea
Becky Symons .... production assistant (as Rebecca Symons)
David Theodore .... bassoon
Jason Wheeler .... production assistant
Lucy Williams .... location assistant
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach (as Julia Wilson-Dickson)
Philippa Wood .... assistant: Stephen Woolley
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of strong sexuality
Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Features two Voldemorts: Ian Hart and Ralph Fiennes. Also includes Jason Isaacs, who would play Lucius Malfoy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Tell Him I'm sorry. I'm too human. Too weak. Tell Him I can't keep my promises. I'm tired of being without you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Blue Danube WaltzSee more »

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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
In Greeneland, God writes the punchlines, 18 March 2000
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

This film tells the story of a wartime love affair between Maurice, a successful, cynical and rather callous novelist, and Sarah, the beautiful but neglected wife of a dull senior civil servant. She tends to believe in the supernatural, he does not, but both are spurred on by the danger of both discovery and the bombs raining down on London. Perversely, when her husband confides to Maurice his suspicion that Sarah is having an affair, Maurice hires a private detective to investigate, in effect, himself. In the end, it is God who decrees the finale, not the characters, who accommodate as best they can to their destinies.

Do we really care? This is not easy to answer. Maurice, the narrator, is a prize prick, unfeeling of others, concentrated on his misery and his work, yet obsessively jealous. Sarah provides a focus for his substantial sex drive but he does develop an affection for her. Sarah, on the other hand, clearly likes a good bonk as well, but she needs the relationship to full the void left by her husband's emotional absence, and Maurice is too self-centred to be a real soulmate. She is also quite a nice person in comparison with nasty bitter old Maurice. So yes, we are sorry for her. We have to admire Maurice for being honest enough to tell the story but there is an air of self-flagellation about it.

As a film, this is a terrific piece of work, directed by the Irish director Neil Jordan who was responsible for "The Crying Game". Greene is a very cinematic novelist - at last count there were at least 40 screen versions of his works - and Jordan has very cleverly used a present - flashback - present and then forward technique to tell the story from both Maurice's and Sarah's viewpoint. The gloom and danger of wartime London is effectively invoked but there was a bit of overkill in having it rain almost continuously from 1939 to 1945 (London has less rain days than Sydney!) It struck me early on that Ralph Fiennes was by no means inevitable in the part - I was reminded of the early Sam Neill. His character is really rather empty - a man whose only real commitments are to his work and sex. Julianne Moore, delightfully bad as Mrs Cheveley in "An Ideal Husband", and delightfully slapstick as the childish Cora in "Cookie's" Fortune", is much more sympathetic here. Stephen Rea (a Jordan favourite) as the cuckold is the most sympathetic of the lot or at least the most self-aware. He gives us a wonderful portrayal of stitched up dismay and yet it does not seem beyond the bounds of credibility that, knowing of the affair, he should invite Maurice to come and live with them towards the end.

Greeneland is a pretty bleak place, but a couple of apparent miracles brighten things up. Greene clearly thought God had a sense of humour. The novel is said to be semi-autobiographical, but the real affair Greene had with the wife of a wealthy businessman, while no doubt equally painful, did not end so melodramatically as the novel. Looking at a biography of Greene by Michael Shelden I note that Catherine Walston, whose relationship with Greene was the chief inspiration for "The End of the Affair," died in 1978, aged 62, 13 years before Greene. According to Shelden, Catherine refused to see Greene on her deathbed because she didn't want him to see how sick she was. The affair itself petered out in the early fifties, though they remained in touch. Henry Walston, it seemed, asserted himself and demanded that Catherine cut down on her contact with Greene. Greene went overseas to find danger and forget, to Vietnam and elsewhere, and these trips produced at least one more major novel, "The Quiet American." However Greene's career as a writer peaked with "The End of the Affair." His later work is interesting and readable, but never again did he reach the same emotional depths and heights.

Greene is often said to be a Catholic novelist but on the basis of this work at least he wasn't a great pitchman for the Almighty. Greene was, however, an eloquent portrayer of spiritual suffering and this aspect has been effectively brought to the screen by Neil Jordan. Perhaps it takes an Irishman to understand an English Catholic.

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