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The Passionate Friends

The Passionate Friends (1949)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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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,

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Eric Ambler, Stanley Haynes, David Lean

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

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

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A minor gem from the David Lean canon.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Rains is terrific as the enraged cuckold, though, while the Swiss scenery, captured in shimmering monochrome by DoP Guy Green, offers a telling metaphor for Todd's glacial beauty.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's a fascinating snapshot of middle-class mores during the post-War socialist revolution, but it cries out for a heroine of Celia Johnson's sensitivity.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Its dated sensibilities remain crisp and provocative thanks to the combination of quality production values and an excellent cast.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

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.
September 18, 2008
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