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.


William Olsson


Alex Metcalf
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gretchen Mol ... Catherine Caswell
James Rebhorn ... Lucian Carver
Cameron Bright ... Adam Stafford
Mark Pellegrino ... Graham Caswell
Perrey Reeves ... Adrienne Stafford
Noah Wyle ... Mike Stafford
Jimmy Bellinger ... Jimmy
Jermaine Crawford ... Andre
Jerry Hart Jerry Hart ... Carl
Lisa-Lisbeth Finney Lisa-Lisbeth Finney ... Sister Mary Eunice
Laurel Astri ... Faith
Sarah Hart Sarah Hart ... Patricia
Jerry Whiddon Jerry Whiddon ... Jacques
Monika Samtani Monika Samtani ... Sita
Hannah Williams 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 <>

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She was on top of the world in the fall of '63 See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The iconic Washington stairs that featured prominently in The Exorcist (1973) make an appearance at the end of the film. See more »


Catherine Caswell: It's all a game of chess isn't it? Playing out the pawns in your head. Should I sacrifice the rook or the king? Will you sacrifice me?
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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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An interesting take on a real life story...
9 October 2010 | by OnthethresholdSee all my reviews

To me this film is essentially your average made-for-TV production that isn't really memorable in one way or another. I'm not going to go into the acting, direction or overall plausibility of the storyline as other reviewers have except to say that this movie is basically a telling of the real life relationship between President John F. Kennedy and a Washington socialite named Mary Pinchot Meyer.

Meyer had been introduced to Kennedy some years back through various acquaintances, namely Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post fame who at that time was a reporter for Newsweek magazine and Bradlee was in fact married to Mary's sister, Tony. Mary Meyer had in fact been married to a CIA operative named Cord Meyer who as portrayed in this movie was once the idealistic and now cynical and alcoholic ex-husband still looking for a chance to reunite with his wife. Mary was also indeed an exceptionally attractive woman in her day and was artistic as depicted in this film by Gretchen Mol's character. The existence of a diary detailing the nature of the relationship with Kennedy was very much real in 1963-1964 for Mary Meyer and upon her death nearly a year after Kennedy was assassinated, CIA operatives were intent on retrieving the diary for the potentially explosive information it contained not only about the affair but also on Agency operations with a view to the idea that JFK shared secrets with Meyer that may have ultimately resulted in his assassination.

The plot of 'An American Affair' does indeed follow this real-life story nearly to the letter and the mystery surrounding Mary Meyer's death lingers today for those that believed she knew much more and indeed let on she knew who might have been responsible for the President's death. That is very much implied in this movie, but I can't help but think this could've been such a great film with a better script. It truly has all the ingredients of being a love story, political thriller and mystery wrapped up in one.

6 out of 10.

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Release Date:

27 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy of Pigs See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,700, 1 March 2009

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.85 : 1
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