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The Passionate Friends (1948)

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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Cast

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 (9) | 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…
Variety
Top Critic

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…
Time Out
Top Critic

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…
New York Times
Top Critic

A minor gem from the David Lean canon.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

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

August 27, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Eye for Film

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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