The Passionate Friends (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Passionate Friends (1948)

The Passionate Friends




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David Lean directed this romantic drama, scripted by Eric Ambler from a novel by H.G. Wells. Mary Justin (Ann Todd) is married to wealthy financier Howard Justin (Claude Rains), and while their marriage allows her to lead a comfortable lifestyle, there's little excitement in their relationship. While visiting Switzerland, Mary happens to run into Steve Stratton (Trevor Howard), with whom she was romantically involved years before she wed Howard. Mary finds herself falling for Steve once again, and she has to decide if she should leave her husband in hope of finding real passion or stay with a man who treats her well but whom she does not love. Leading lady Ann Todd married David Lean the same year this was released; it was the first of three films they would make together prior to their divorce in 1957. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Ambler, Stanley Haynes, David Lean
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Ann Todd
as Mary Justin
Claude Rains
as Howard Justin
Trevor Howard
as Steven Stratton
Betty Ann Davies
as Miss Layton
Guido Lorraine
as Hotel Manager
Marcel Poncin
as Hall Porter
Natasha Sokolova
as Chambermaid
Jean Serrett
as Emigration Official
Frances Waring
as Charwoman
Wanda Rogerson
as Bridge Guest
Helen Burls
as Flowerwoman
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Critic Reviews for The Passionate Friends

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Somehow the simple expedient of raising their characters several rungs up the social and financial ladder and giving the roles to well-dressed stars has not brought a more impressive picture from the Messrs. Neame and Lean.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A minor gem from the David Lean canon.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

The glossy direction of the talented Lean made it watchable but only mildly pleasing as soapy entertainment.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A film directed by the great David Lean is always a treat, and this one is no exception.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Passionate Friends

Sort of a Brief Encounter part 2 but not quite as good and with more glamorous characters.
The flashback structure didn't work so well and was rather confusing at times. The scenery and techniques were lovely but it wasn't until the last 40 minutes or so till I was really drawn in.

Emily B.

Super Reviewer

well crafted brit rom-dram from the director of 'brief encounter' which would make a gr8 dbl feature with this.

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