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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Laura Jesson
... Dr. Alec Harvey
... Albert Godby
... Myrtle Bagot
... Fred Jesson
Everley Gregg ... Dolly Messiter
Marjorie Mars ... Mary Norton
Margaret Barton ... Beryl Walters - Tea Room Assistant
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At a café on a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. 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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A story of the most precious moments in woman's life! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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24 August 1946 (USA)  »

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£170,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Henrietta Vincent, who played Celia Johnson's daughter, was actually her niece. See more »

Goofs

Laura runs through a downpour but is dry when she walks into the refreshment room. See more »

Quotes

Laura Jesson: [Secret thoughts] I had no thoughts at all, only an overwhelming desire not to feel anything ever again.
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Connections

Version of The Dinah Shore Chevy Show: Brief Encounter (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2.
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff (uncredited)
Played by Eileen Joyce with The National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
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Simple, Honest, and Unforgettable.
10 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

It really pleases me to see the very positive responses here to this gem of a movie. I recently read Kevin Brownlow's epic, detailed biography of David Lean, and I'm less mystified as to how Lean went from intimate character dramas such as this one, and even GREAT EXPECTATIONS and OLIVER TWIST, to the big-screen epics which placed far more emphasis on scenery and very little on character. Lean had great problems with intimacy, and much preferred grandeur (he virtually abandoned his son, and didn't meet one of his grandchildren until she was about 30). I'm not knocking the epics, because I've enjoyed them as well, but at the end of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA one knows about as much about Lawrence as one did about 3-1/2 hours earlier. ..unlike Alec and Laura in this film, whom we know very well after 1-1/2 hours, or Pip and Miss Havisham in EXPECTATIONS, characters who leapt off the screen and endeared themselves to us (it also helped that some really gifted actors & actresses played these roles).

I never tire of BRIEF ENCOUNTER - it's one of the screen's great romances, perhaps because it doesn't quite end "happily ever after". It remains simple, honest, and unforgettable.


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