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Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 August 1946 (USA)
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director:

David Lean
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Celia Johnson ... Laura Jesson
Trevor Howard ... Dr. Alec Harvey
Stanley Holloway ... Albert Godby
Joyce Carey ... Myrtle Bagot
Cyril Raymond ... Fred Jesson
Everley Gregg ... Dolly Messiter
Marjorie Mars Marjorie Mars ... Mary Norton
Margaret Barton Margaret Barton ... Beryl Walters - Tea Room Assistant
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Storyline

At a café on a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) meets Dr. Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard). Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, although they know that their love is impossible. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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1940s | love | train | shopping | housewife | See All (29) »

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A chance meeting between two happily married strangers. Two people who met by accident, and fell in love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brief Encounter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP170,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,643
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineguild See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the 1999 British Film Institute poll of the top 100 British movies, Sir David Lean had three of his movies place in the top five. This one placed second. See more »

Goofs

As Laura enters the apartment, the pattern of water marks on her back changes. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alec Harvey: Would you mind, very much, if I came to the pictures with you?
Laura Jesson: Well, eh...
Dr. Alec Harvey: I could sit downstairs and you could sit upstairs.
Laura Jesson: Upstairs is too expensive.
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Connections

Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 12 December 2000 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

March Militaire
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
(Performed by James Whitebread on Wurlitzer organ at the Metropole Cinema. Mimed by the organist at the Palladium)
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How Can I Describe Perfection.In Two words:Simply Sublime
25 May 2003 | by vivian_baum_cabralSee all my reviews

For me,a film addicted"Brief Encounter" is a polished diamond.It's the most perfect romance:You don't see lovers climbing balconys or dying in each others hand.What you see in "Brief Encounter"is two ordinary people in love.Only two normal people who stumble on one another in a railroad station and discover that they have more things in common,then meets the eye.So they started to see each other once a week,but their love are doomed,because they are both married and have very good lives.Celia Johnson is a sparklling gem as a house wife repressed who finds a man so repressed as she.That leads us to Trevor Howard.I know the reason of Celia's anguish.A normal woman simply could not resist to those eyes and the perfect face of Trevor,who embodies every english man in a simple wave,or just laughing in the theater.David Lean's soberb direction and Noel Coward's perfect story give space to show that you don't need to be Romeo And Juliet to tell that love's a good cause to fight,even when the fight is lost


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