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A Secret Affair (1999)

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Vanessa Stewart is a beautiful American woman engaged to be married. Vanessa is an artist and is also a buyer for her father's company. She goes to Venice on a business trip and meets ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Vanessa Shaw
Drucilla Fitzgerald
Paudge Behan ...
Bill Fitzgerald
Stephen Rocken
Charles Stewart
Jana Shelden ...
Patricia Stewart
Helena Fitzgerald
Italian Man
Maura Plenzio ...
Eugene O'Brien ...
Frank O'Sullivan ...
Alan Stanford ...


Vanessa Stewart is a beautiful American woman engaged to be married. Vanessa is an artist and is also a buyer for her father's company. She goes to Venice on a business trip and meets television reporter Bill Fitzgerald from Ireland. They fall madly in love in the four days they are in Venice. Vanessa realizes, because of him that she would rather be an artist than a business person. She comes back to the States, and he invites her to meet in Ireland. There she meets his mother and daughter. Vanessa comes back to the U.S. and breaks her engagement. Bill and Vanessa are supposed to meet again in Venice. Bill is on assignment in a war zone and is kidnapped by looters. There is a ransom to be paid, but nobody shows up to get the ransom money... Written by Rosemea D. S. MacPherson

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Release Date:

27 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'A Secret Affair'  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Vanessa arrives at Bill's house in Dublin and gets the key from under the mat, she enters from the outside, when she turns to close the door you see a curtain or cloth hanging behind her, not the street, the same curtain is still there when Bill comes in later and calls to Vanessa as he comes through the door. See more »

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beautiful Venice and love story
11 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The location shooting in Venice was awesome. The production company took time to scout out new locales in the city. Dublin was scenic as well. The love story as well as the relationships between some of the characters was a bit rushed but it worked well enough. The characters were not stereotypical. Finally, a beautiful woman (leading lady) finding romance or seeking her lover in Europe and she can pack one bag for travel and wear sensible clothes and comfortable shoes! The actors were first rate including the veteran Fionnula Flanagan who played Bill's mother. Kudos especially to Janine Turner, as always, for her portrayal of a woman in conflict with her own heart and needing to be herself. Paudge Behan has not been seen in another film since or has he? Finally, I just saw this film via DVD which my sister purchased for me online (because of the Venice location). So it is available for anyone who would like to see it again and did not tape it!

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