An Affair to Remember (1957)
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as Nickie Ferrante
as Terry McKay
as Kenneth Bradley
as Grandmother Janou
as Father McGrath
as Miss Webb
as Miss Lane
as Orphan [uncredited]
as Boy, age 5
as Ship Passenger
as French child
as Airline stewardess
as British TV commentator
as Ship's photographer
as Maitre D'
as French commentator
as Terry McKay [singing voice]
Critic Reviews for An Affair to Remember
McCarey plays the shipboard courtship for generous and tender laughs-the wryly staged first kiss is one of the sweetest in all cinema-but the comedy that follows on dry land is mostly inadvertent.
Mr. McCarey's direction is unpropitiously and unaccountably slow.
...the viewer's efforts at connecting to the material or the characters are consistently thwarted by the lackadaisical, momentum-free narrative.
a satisfying romance that works from beginning to end, featuring movie stars of the day that you just can't help but adore
'Weepies' may not be high art, but for those who love them, An Affair to Remember is the Mona Lisa.
Audience Reviews for An Affair to Remember
The product of superb acting and poor direction. Many scenes felt as though they were meant to be much more moving than they really were. The swelling music and the long silences made me look at my watch more than it made me reach for the tissues. With that said, Grant's charm cuts through every scene and I completely understand why the mere mention of this film's title gives most women heart palpitations. Also, what the hell is with all of the songs?
A playboy and a woman meet on a cruise ship and agree to meet six months later on the roof of the Empire State Building. There are moments when Cary Grant is irresistibly charming and Deborah Kerr exhibits that sensual grace that only women in old movies can master and moments when director Leo McCarey is able to capture the perfect image to tell an entire story (instead of a kiss, we see Ferrante's feet re-trace their steps up stairs, and the "hello" in the theater was exceptional acting and directing) - these are the moments that remind me that I'm watching a classic. But the rest of the film is quite simply bad. Aside from frightfully annoying children singing moralistic balderdash for the grand total of ten minutes (approximately - I was trying to puncture my eardrum with a broken Coke bottle), the characters' romance is routinely interrupted by plot elements that mean as much to them as they do to us (meaning: nothing). For example, Ferrante and McKay's attitude toward the boat knowing about their romance is insouciant, but the script makes it a big deal, and further, each leaves his/her other lover with such quick abandon that it's hard to understand what drove them to be so secretive during the first hour of the film. Overall, though An Affair to Remember is a recognizable romantic classic, it is only so highly regarded for a few scenes; the rest is just bad filmmaking.
A nice love story buried in the ongoing saga of two people that find love while both are committed to others. After dragging on a while.... the movie seems rushed at the end, like a clock was ticking and let's just wrap this up! Fun to see the movie the girls cry about in "Sleepless in Seattle".
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