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An Affair to Remember (1957)

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A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?

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Leo McCarey

Writers:

Delmer Daves (screenplay), Leo McCarey (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Nickie Ferrante
Deborah Kerr ... Terry McKay
Richard Denning ... Kenneth Bradley
Neva Patterson ... Lois Clark
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Grandmother Janou
Robert Q. Lewis ... Himself - Announcer
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Ned Hathaway
Fortunio Bonanova ... Courbet
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Storyline

Nickie Ferrante's return to New York to marry a rich heiress is well publicized as are his many antics and affairs. He meets a nightclub singer Terry McKay who is also on her way home to her longtime boyfriend. She sees him as just another playboy and he sees her as stand-offish but over several days they soon find they've fallen in love. Nickie has never really worked in his life so they agree that they will meet again in six months time atop the Empire State building. This will give them time to deal with their current relationships and for Nickie to see if he can actually earn a living. He returns to painting and is reasonably successful. On the agreed date, Nickie is waiting patiently for Terry who is racing to join him. Fate intervenes however resulting in misunderstanding and heartbreak and only fate can save their relationship. Written by garykmcd

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A motion picture all your friends will tell you to see ... and you'll tell all your friends to see! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

25 July 1957 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is the first of two remakes of Love Affair (1939), starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne. Leo McCarey directed both the original and the remake. Cary Grant, the star of this film, co-starred with Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth (1937), which was also directed by McCarey. The second remake was Love Affair (1994), which featured a cameo by Katharine Hepburn as the grandmother. Cary Grant co-starred with Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), and The Philadelphia Story (1940). See more »

Goofs

When Nickie sees Terry in the theater, she has a fur coat over both shoulders and her left hand on the middle of the seat back in front of her. In the next shot, only her right shoulder is covered and her hand has moved to the corner of the seat. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Nickie Ferrante: Why didn't you tell me? If it had to happen to one of us, why did it have to be you?
Terry McKay: If you can paint, I can walk... Anything can happen, don't you think?
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Referenced in General Hospital: Episode #1.12714 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

You Make It Easy To Be True
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey
Sung by male chorus, Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
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Amazing movie, not at all annoying
27 March 2005 | by eden-huntSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that you can watch again and again due to its sweet nature and its refreshing look at how the world used to be. It is quaint yet still touching to those of us viewing it 50 years later. It is still relevant and it is still wonderful to watch the chemistry between the charismatic Cary Grant and the beautiful Deborah Kerr. The movie is a reminder of how simple things could make you laugh back in days when comedy was not sarcasm or needing negativity to be funny. "An Affair to Remember" is a wonderfully beautiful movie that creates a wonderful sense of how romance should be. It's lasting quality can be seen in other movies that have followed by deriving inspiration from the use of the Empire State Building as an iconic tower representing romance and this is a testament to the importance and relevance of this movie decades later. Plus, Cary Grant is still a cinematic icon 50 years later. This is a beautiful movie than spans time and still touches hearts this many years later. And it will continue to touch hearts for many years to come.


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