Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.
In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »
In Hong Kong in 1949, Mark Elliott is an American reporter covering the Chinese civil war. Undergoing a trial separation from his wife, he meets the beautiful Dr. Han Suyin, a widowed physician from mainland China. As the pair fall in love, they encounter disapproval from both her family and his friends about their interracial romance. Although the film was a commercial success upon release, the casting of Jones in an Asian role has since been criticized.Written by
The aircraft that returns Mark to Hong Kong is Pan American World Airways N6535C, named "Clipper Mercury". It was a Douglas DC-6B, which entered service in 1952 and left service in 1961. See more »
When Mark is at war writing and a butterfly lands on his typewriter, the close-up of the page clearly shows he was writing to inform her that her "twenty-third letter has arrived". In a scene not long after, the letter has reached her and as she reads, his voice-over differs, saying her "eighth and ninth letters have arrived". A line about his bottom hurting from bouncing around in jeeps matches both letters. See more »
Dr. Han Suyin:
I will make no mistakes in the name of loneliness. I have my work and an uncomplicated life. I don't want to feel anything again... ever.
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I just watched this film for the first time as an adult. I still have tears in my eyes. I wish they made movies like this now, without all the crass "sex stuff", that seems to be required all too often. Obviously, Jennifer Jones and William Holden (perfect casting) have great passion, but they have true to the mark tenderness. My favorite line is "The greatest strength is gentleness", and William Holden portrays an intelligent, gentleman. He and Jones looked fantastic in their swimsuits, and when she asked him to bring her a cigarrette behind the rocks, I thought for sure they were going to have a torrid make out scene. (Or at least torrid by 1955 standards.) But no, she makes him wait! Also, a woman physician, who is Eurasian, was quite an idea back then. This movie was way ahead of it's time in many respects. I intend to get it on DVD, so it will last forever, just like their love!
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