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The End of the Affair (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | May 1955 (USA)
In war-torn London, Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles Deborah Kerr). They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back. While war does not last... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Graham Greene (from the novel by), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Kerr ... Sarah Miles
Van Johnson ... Maurice Bendrix
John Mills ... Albert Parkis
Peter Cushing ... Henry Miles
Michael Goodliffe ... Smythe
Stephen Murray ... Father Crompton
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Savage
Nora Swinburne ... Mrs. Bertram
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Dr. Collingwood
Mary Williams Mary Williams ... Maid
Laurence Shiel Laurence Shiel ... Doctor (as O'Donovan Shiell)
Elsie Wagstaff ... Bendrix Landlady
Christopher Warbey Christopher Warbey ... Lancelot Parkis
Nan Munro Nan Munro ... Mrs. Tomkins
Joyce Carey ... Miss Palmer
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Storyline

In war-torn London, Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles Deborah Kerr). They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back. While war does not last forever, neither does love in this existentialist tale. Written by Robert Bole <rjbmbv@teleport.com>

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A TREMENDOUS EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE! (Print Ad- Jamestown Post-Journal, ((Jamestown NY)) 14 June 1955)

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Ende einer Affaire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Coronado Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer David Lewis first acquired the film rights to Graham Green's novel in January 1952 with Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons as possible leads. Then in March 1952 MGM bought the rights from Lewis. Finally in February 1952 producer David E. Rose acquired the rights with a deal in place for Columbia to distribute the picture. See more »

Goofs

Maurice kisses Sarah and lowers his hands just before he enters Henry's house. The next shot shows him gripping his tie with his both hands. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Miles: Now that I'm what they call "good" I'm no good to anyone.
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Featured in Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989) See more »

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Van Johnson's love rival
29 October 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

This is not a great film, but it is better than many critics said it was when the 1999 remake came out. THE END OF THE AFFAIR was one of the key novels of Graham Greene in the 1950s that delved into his intense Catholicism.

With a background of World War II, neighbors Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles (Van Johnson and Deborah Kerr) have a deep, passionate romance. But they are separated for a year or so, and when they try to resume the relationship (or when Johnson tries to resume the relationship - Kerr seems relatively hesitant). It turns out that, due to personal experiences, Kerr has had a religious revelation. She is listening to a Catholic priest. She is also trying to help a man with a deformity (a birthmark) on his face who hates God. She is also concerned about the spiritual health of Johnson and of her actual husband Henry (Peter Cushing, in a very moving - and non-horrific role). The film shows how Kerr affects all the lives around her, even beyond her death after a short illness (as the novel does). Yes, it is too talky - novels about ideas (and here it is the age old question of what is real love, the spiritual or the profane)usually are. Greene, good Catholic exponent that he was, would have said that Kerr's devotion to her God was an outpouring of divine true love to her fellow creatures. Her death is not a tragedy. But Greene the novelist and part-time realist cannot leave it there. Johnson's character is bitter at the end of this remarkable novel, and at the end of the film. And his bitterness is directed at the source of that love that triumphed over his profane one.


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