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      Brief Encounter

      1974 1h 43m Romance List
      Reviews 57% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings When doctor Alec Harvey (Richard Burton) helps Anna Jesson (Sophia Loren) get something out of her eye on a train platform, neither suspects they are initiating an affair. Both are married with children and believe their impulse to meet again is completely innocent. But one meeting leads to several, and soon their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. They attempt an unsuccessful tryst in a friend's apartment and, increasingly scared of being discovered, decide to call it off. Read More Read Less

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      Phil Hall Film Threat A genuinely touching made-for-TV film that has been unfairly maligned by critics. Rated: 4.5/5 Nov 7, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Frank S I found this movie on SBS on Demand a free to air service in Australia. How on earth was it allowed to be released astounds me. I felt so sorry for Sophia Loren having to co star with Richard Burton who seemed to be completely out of his depth. The story which began life as a short play called "Still Life" in 1936, starring the author Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence. In 1945 an unforgettable film re titled "Brief Encounter" which starred Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, directed by David Lean, with dialogue by Noel Coward, and sound track music by Rachmaninoff. It is still available to watch on DVD. Superb performances by both stars and heartbreaking for anyone who has been in love and that realized how their selfish actions would have enormous consequences on others. Perhaps it was just another time, long ago, when duty was paramount. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 08/20/22 Full Review Audience Member Between 3 and 3.5 stars. It is more complex than the first version, also less pure, but the presence of two great actors gives additional depth. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member 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]http://movieclassics.wordpress.com/files/2008/11/burtonloren.jpg?w=300[/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]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS_iJ60sHCvlEIy-7uEaqkqdh861cUQsAt8WdIMyiMfJ0SKVGs-wg[/img] SEE the entire film for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNaOiLoAM6g 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]http://static.cinemagia.ro/img/db/movie/00/70/31/brief-encounter-797318l.jpg[/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]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq66/vitocipriani/Brief%20Encounter%201974/Title.jpg[/img] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member hmph. really liked the original version, was not so keen on this..... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member not so well known tv movie with two great leading actors Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When doctor Alec Harvey (Richard Burton) helps Anna Jesson (Sophia Loren) get something out of her eye on a train platform, neither suspects they are initiating an affair. Both are married with children and believe their impulse to meet again is completely innocent. But one meeting leads to several, and soon their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. They attempt an unsuccessful tryst in a friend's apartment and, increasingly scared of being discovered, decide to call it off.
      Director
      Alan Bridges
      Producer
      Cecil Clarke, Carlo Ponti
      Screenwriter
      John Bowen
      Production Co
      Incorporated Television Company, Transcontinental Film Productions (London), Cecil Clarke Productions, Carlo Ponti Cinematografica
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 24, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 43m
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