The Passionate Friends (1948)

The Passionate Friends

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David Lean directed this romantic drama, scripted by Eric Ambler from a novel by H.G. Wells. Mary Justin (Ann Todd) is married to wealthy financier Howard Justin (Claude Rains), and while their marriage allows her to lead a comfortable lifestyle, there's little excitement in their relationship. While visiting Switzerland, Mary happens to run into Steve Stratton (Trevor Howard), with whom she was romantically involved years before she wed Howard. Mary finds herself falling for Steve once again, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Ambler, Stanley Haynes, David Lean
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Runtime:

Cast


as Mary Justin

as Howard Justin

as Steven Stratton

as Miss Layton

as Hotel Manager

as Hall Porter

as Chambermaid

as Emigration Official

as Charwoman

as Bridge Guest

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A minor gem from the David Lean canon.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Guardian

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A film directed by the great David Lean is always a treat, and this one is no exception.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
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.

littlecharmer1959
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

well crafted brit rom-dram from the director of 'brief encounter' which would make a gr8 dbl feature with this.

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