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An American Affair (2008)

R | | Drama | 27 February 2009 (USA)
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In 1963, during the swirl of glamour and intrigue that turned President John F. Kennedy's Washington into Camelot, a lonely 13-year-old Catholic school boy comes of age.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Catherine Caswell
... Lucian Carver
... Adam Stafford
... Graham Caswell
... Adrienne Stafford
... Mike Stafford
... Jimmy
... Andre
Jerry Hart ... Carl
Lisa-Lisbeth Finney ... Sister Mary Eunice
Laurel Astri ... Faith
Sarah Hart ... Patricia
Jerry Whiddon ... Jacques
Monika Samtani ... Sita
Hannah Williams ... Magda


What if a boy's coming of age included a relationship with a woman in her 30s, a free spirit who paints and who numbers the President of the United States among her lovers? In Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1963, junior-high student Adam Stafford becomes obsessed with his new neighbor, Catherine Caswell. He steams open her mail, reads her diary, peers into her windows, and hides in her closet. CIA agents notice him; he sees them meet with her and with an anti-Castro Cuban. She hires Adam to work in her garden, and they become friends of sorts. Is theirs an American affair? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boy of Pigs  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the Wikipedia website, Kevin Taft in a 4th August 2009 review of this film in the Edge, states the "Catherine Caswell character [played by Gretchen Mol] and the events not involving the wholly fictional Adam Stafford are based on Mary Pinchot Meyer". See more »


Catherine Caswell: Need a little deniability, Graham? Point A leads to point B, leads to finger on the trigger.
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The End of the World
Written by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent
Performed by Skeeter Davis
Courtesy of RCA Nashville
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yes 10 stars because it is good **********
23 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

before writing this review i read some of the lessor reviews. i'm wondering what they saw. and i wish other reviewers would stick to their thoughts on a movie and NOT just give another plot summary with their opinion tacked on at the end.

in my opinion this movie is a captivating story of a woman (caswell) dealing with the loss of her child and failed marriage. she sees in (adam) a shadowy wish of what her son could be. but reality in her personal life takes control of her very existence. her being a mistress to the president is secondary to her involvement with adam.

adam has stumbled upon his own sexual desires and his school life is a jumbled mess because he is thrown into a situation where he must grow up fast; in contrast to the 'child like peers' he must associate with.

this movie is a wonderful story told in a suspenseful and at times frightening quality. the director and actors did a super job and 10 stars isn't enough to praise it!

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