The Passionate Friends (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Passionate Friends1948

The Passionate Friends (1948)




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Based on a story by H.G. Wells, this romantic drama centers on the love affair between a miserable Swiss wife and her old flame, whom she has not seen in nearly a decade. The story is also known as One Woman's Story.

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Ann Todd
as Mary Justin
Claude Rains
as Howard Justin
Trevor Howard
as Professor Steven Stratton
Betty Ann Davies
as Joan 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 (11) | Top Critics (3)

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…
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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 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It is not a restful film and does not, for example, possess the integrity such as was shown by David Lean in his treatment of Brief Encounter.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Passionate Friends looks gorgeous and has a feverishly modern intensity.

January 11, 2018 | Full Review…

A minor gem from the David Lean canon.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

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.
Emily B.

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