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Brief Encounter (1974)





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In this TV remake of the 1945 British film, a bored married woman embarks upon a brief romantic fling with an equally married man. Throughout their relationship, the two are plagued by guilt; ultimately, they sacrifice their potential happiness in favor of "the right thing."

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Richard Burton
as Alec Harvey
Sophia Loren
as Laura Jesson
Jack Hedley
as Fred Jesson
Rosemary Leach
as Mrs. Gaines
Ann Firbank
as Melanie Harvey
Gwen Cherrell
as Dolly Messiter
Benjamin Edney
as Alistair Jesson
Jumoke Debayo
as Mrs. Harris
Madeline Hinde
as Dominic Jason
Marco Orlandini
as Dominic Jesson
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Critic Reviews for Brief Encounter

All Critics (1)

A genuinely touching made-for-TV film that has been unfairly maligned by critics.

November 7, 2008
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Brief Encounter


A delightfully naughty tale of a chance meeting between married persons. The pursuit by Richard Burton of Sophia Loren in England has all the soap operatic overtones. One can't see this romantic entaglement actually happening except in a movie like this, or can it? [img][/img] Brief Encounter is a 1974 British-Italian drama film starring Richard Burton and Sophia Loren, adapted from the play Still Life by Noël Coward. "Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, I'm sure it happens all the time." --- With a Little Help from My Friends, The Beatles [img][/img] SEE the entire film for yourself: NOTES: 1 The film had its premiere on U.S. television on 12 November 1974 as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series on NBC. 2 Richard Burton was cast at the last moment, after Robert Shaw dropped out. 3 The movie struck me as similar to Bridges of Madison County, wherein a lonely housewife Meryl Streep finds romance from a single stranger, Clint Eastwood. [img][/img] Directed by Alan Bridges Produced by Cecil Clarke Denis Holt Written by John Bowen Noël Coward Starring Richard Burton Sophia Loren Jack Hedley John Le Mesurier Music by Cyril Ornadel Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson Editing by Peter Weatherley Distributed by ITC Films Release dates 12 November 1974 Running time 100 minutes (UK) Country United Kingdom Italy [img][/img]

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