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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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Cast

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

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the film's press screening, David Lean sat next to drama critic James Agate, who delivered a stinging commentary on everything he considered wrong with the film, at full voice, throughout the presentation. See more »

Goofs

In several frames Celia Johnson is missing her hat then has it back it again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alec Harvey: Forgive me?
Laura Jesson: Forgive you for what?
Dr. Alec Harvey: For everything. For meeting you, in the first place. For taking the piece of grit out of your eye. For loving you. For bringing you so much misery.
Laura Jesson: I'll forgive you if you'll forgive me.
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Connections

Referenced in The Upper Hand: Briefless Encounter (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Bolero
(uncredited)
from "Spanish Dances"
Music by Moritz Moszkowski
(Played by the small orchestra in the Kardomah Café)
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Lean, spare & beautiful
25 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

I didn't think I'd write this comment till I saw the 2 previous ones criticizing 'BE'. I don't know how much this movie would appeal to camp-followers of an in-your-face go-getting culture. Some of the frequent adjectives describing this movie is 'civilised', 'restrained', 'noble'. To those who call this movie dated, I'll say that these are indeed qualities which are hardly followed & upheld today, especially in movies. However movies do reflect contemporary social mores, & maybe the story of two illicit lovers sacrificing their love for something as obvious as home & family does not find to many buyers today.

For those who think a movie can convey some of the most intimate emotions, conflicts & visions known to us, those who believe 2 art forms (Rachmaninoff's 2nd, Lean's 4th) can coexist brilliantly, & finally for those who believed David Lean got body-snatched in mid-career to make over-blown nonsense like 'Dr. Zhivago' this is one of the best ways to spend 86 minutes!


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