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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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Ann Todd
as Mary Justin
Claude Rains
as Howard Justin
Trevor Howard
as Steven Stratton
Betty Ann Davies
as Miss 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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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

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


A frank look at how well a pragmatic marriage might work in spite of the occasional stirrings of passion and sentiment. It should be noted that HG Wells (on whose story this is based) often wrote of consequences which took a few decades to be fully appreciated. Bring a clean hankie.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

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

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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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