The End of the Affair 1999

The End of the Affair

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Neil Jordan has good direction with solid performances from Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.

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In the years following World War II, writer Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes) has an unexpected run-in with Henry Miles (Stephen Rea) and his wife, Sarah (Julianne Moore), with whom he once shared a passionate affair. Henry, who never knew, confides in Maurice that he suspects Sarah of adultery, leading to the hiring of a detective (Ian Hart) to follow her. As Sarah never explained why she called off their affair, Maurice follows the investigation closely, his feelings for her reawakened.

Cast & Crew

Ralph Fiennes
Maurice Bendrix
Stephen Rea
Henry Miles
Ian Hart
Mr. Parkis
Samuel Bould
Lance Parkis
Jason Isaacs
Father Richard Smythe
James Bolam
Mr. Savage
Graham Greene
Writer (Novel)
Neil Jordan
Writer (Screenplay)
Kathy Sykes
Co-Producer
Michael Nyman
Original Music
Roger Pratt
Cinematographer
Tony Lawson
Film Editor
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Critic Reviews for The End of the Affair

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (22)

Audience Reviews for The End of the Affair

  • May 12, 2019
    Neil Jordan created a slow burning drama film that the trailer paints as a thriller. The film is amazing to watch and only the overbearing plot grinds a little too much. Great acting and a film that is worthy of more attention. Jordan is an expert at these slow burning plots and it's a shame it didn't become his niche I the market. 11/05/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2012
    I wanted to like this, but I just couldn't. Even though it was less than 2 hours long, it felt much longer.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    Based on a novel by Graham Greene, this is a romantic drama set during World War II that is in many ways a standard love triangle involving a guy, his best friend, and the best friend's wife. There's lies, deception, and a torrid affair. Some of this is compelling, but overall the basic plot isn't all that unique or interesting, and this isn't the best variation on a theme. However, the period details, costumes, sets, etc are well done, and the acting is what ultimately makes this a good film worth watching. Stephen Rea is good as the nervous, henecked husband, Ralph Fiennes is great as the stuffy 40s intellectual madly in love with his friend's wife, and Julianne Moore is sublime as the wife, giving a very nuanced performance. It's also a plus that this is one of several films where she shows her willingness to do love scenes and show the goods, especially a memorabele scene where bombs literally go off during the heat of the moment. All in all, this is a fine enough period drama, even if it's not the most compelling or memorable. Neil jordan knows how to stage these things, and the acting is ultiamtely what makes it worth a recommendation.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2010
    Or as I like to call this movie; GROPE. lol I absolutely adore RALPH FIENNES. But i just didnt really find myself enjoying this movie that much.. Julianne Moores character seems almost too self-pitying and whinny as some points. In this movie I actually thought that the actor that stood out the most for me was Stephen Rea. He was quite good. Never bitter or hating as you would expect a man in his position would be. Very well acted. All in all i dont really think I would watch this movie again, not even for Ralph. Near the end when we find out WHY Moores Character broke of the relationship, i just thought it was rediculous!! Very unbelieveable...
    Morgan S Super Reviewer

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