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A Secret Affair (1999)

Not Rated | | Romance, Drama | TV Movie 27 October 1999
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While in Venice, Vanessa meets a man who awakens the artist in her. She finds herself at a crossroads between her familial obligations and what her heart truly wants.



(novel), (teleplay)





Complete credited cast:
... Vanessa Shaw
... Drucilla Fitzgerald
Paudge Behan ... Bill Fitzgerald
... Stephen Rocken
... Mimi
... Charles Stewart
Jana Shelden ... Patricia Stewart
... Helena Fitzgerald
... Italian Man
Maura Plenzio ... Rosa
Eugene O'Brien ... Francis
... Danko
Frank O'Sullivan ... Zoran
Alan Stanford ... O'Connor


Vanessa Stewart has the soul of an artist, but her business tycoon father insists that she follow in his footsteps. As a result, Vanessa convinces herself that she wants to be a globetrotting executive, and also that she truly loves the man to whom she is engaged. But while in Venice on a business trip at the behest of her father, Vanessa meets and falls in love with adventurous Irish TV war correspondent Bill Fitzgerald (Behan). Deciding to kick over the traces, Vanessa is prepared to turn her back on her family obligations and plight her troth with Bill but before she could even begin her life with him, she receives some bad news. Written by mahajanssen

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Romance | Drama


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Release Date:

27 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'A Secret Affair'  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Vanessa arrives at Bill's house in Dublin and gets the key from under the mat, she enters from the outside, when she turns to close the door you see a curtain or cloth hanging behind her, not the street, the same curtain is still there when Bill comes in later and calls to Vanessa as he comes through the door. See more »

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I wouldn't bother watching...
11 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Where do I start? This was bad on so many levels. First off, the story was, well, boring. I don't mean because it lacked action - it was a love story after all, but it was just blah. The characters were not likable. We (my wife and I) couldn't empathize with them at all. The acting was mediocre and stiff. The cinematography was amateurish with lots of harsh back lighting, even during intimate moments that you would expect to be soft and gentle. The story was entirely and oh so predictable with, again, amateurish aspects that rendered it entirely unrealistic, and worst of all was the sound track. The dialog was difficult to hear and understand to begin with but they overlaid a CONSTANT musical score that was mostly out of place and rendered the dialog even more difficult to hear.

I think I could have done better with my digital camera and PC than the folks did with this one....

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