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Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)

Stazione Termini (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 April 1954 (USA)
Prior to leaving by train for Paris, a married American woman tries to break off her affair with a young Italian in Rome's Stazione Termini.


Vittorio De Sica


Cesare Zavattini (from the story "Terminal Station"), Cesare Zavattini (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Mary Forbes
Montgomery Clift ... Giovanni Doria
Gino Cervi ... Police commissioner
Richard Beymer ... Paul Stevens (as Dick Beymer)


A married American woman has gotten involved with another man while visiting relatives in Rome. She decides that the time has come to break off the relationship, and she makes plans to return home to her husband. But she soon realizes that she is not at all sure about what she wants to do, and she continues to agonize over her decision. Written by Snow Leopard

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This Longing... This Yearning... This Wanting...


Drama | Romance


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Director Vittorio De Sica's first English language film. See more »


Giovanni Doria: [tenderly clutching each other while secretly aboard an empty train at the station] Oh my darling, will you forgive me?
Mary Forbes: There's nothing to forgive, I'm the one to be forgiven.
Giovanni Doria: I want you to be happy, that's all I want. I'll let you go, I'll never see you again; but I want you to be happy!
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Crazy Credits

'Photographed in its actual settings by G.R. Aldo'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 72 and 63 min. versions are both from Selznick and the only difference is that a 9 min. musical short, Autumn in Rome, filmed by James Wong Howe, and directed by the great art director William Cameron Menzies, in which Patti Page performed two songs inspire; by the film, was tacked on in order to bring the picture up to a standard feature length at 72 min. , when Columbia Pictures released Indiscretion in the U.S. in 1954. This is not a longer edit of the De Sica original. The Film only exists in two versions, the Selznick 63 and the De Sica 89. That short is also included on the Criterion Collection DVD, along with both versions of the film. See more »


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Rhapsody in Blue
Written by George Gershwin
(heard as transition between the two Patti Page ballads)
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Brief Encounter
19 September 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

A married American woman has an affair with an Italian man while visiting her sister in Rome. This short film (a longer director's cut now exists) focuses on the last few hours spent at a train station as the woman is returning home. De Sica creates some striking imagery but the script is too slight to let the characters or the plot develop. Apparently producer Selznick cut the film to stress the romance and to make Jones (his wife then) look good. Clift plays a brooding, hot-blooded Italian but isn't given much to do. Both Jones and Clift have quirky mannerisms that seem well suited to the roles of the angst-ridden lovers. An interesting curiosity piece.

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Release Date:

24 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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