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Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 August 1946 (USA)
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

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David Lean
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Celia Johnson ... Laura Jesson
Trevor Howard ... Dr. Alec Harvey
Stanley Holloway ... Albert Godby
Joyce Carey ... Myrtle Bagot
Cyril Raymond ... Fred Jesson
Everley Gregg ... Dolly Messiter
Marjorie Mars Marjorie Mars ... Mary Norton
Margaret Barton Margaret Barton ... Beryl Walters - Tea Room Assistant
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Storyline

At a café on a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) meets Dr. Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard). Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, although they know that their love is impossible. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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1940s | love | train | shopping | housewife | See All (29) »

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A story of the most precious moments in woman's life! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Begegnung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP170,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,643
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineguild See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Laura comes to see Alec at his friend's flat, there is a Middle Eastern rug hung on the wall. The style of the rug itself confirms that it is Persian, but the beautiful calligraphy is Arabic. It is from a ninth century love poem by Arab poet Ali Bin Salwa Al-qusari. it reads, from the right-hand corner of the rug and going counterclockwise: "The Utterance of Passion - In My Eye - Speaks To You". See more »

Goofs

Carnforth Station has had its name board covered and replaced with a big sign reading Milford Junction, but the smaller platform notices (behind Laura when Alec tells her about the job in South Africa) still show the next train's destinations as Hellifield, Skipton, Bradford and Leeds. See more »

Quotes

Laura Jesson: Its been so very nice. I've enjoyed my afternoon enormously.
Dr. Alec Harvey: I'm so glad. So have I. I apologize for boring you with long medical words.
Laura Jesson: I full dull and stupid not to be able to understand more.
Dr. Alec Harvey: Shall I see you again?
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) See more »

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Can't Get Along Without You
(uncredited)
Music by William Kernell
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User Reviews

How Can I Describe Perfection.In Two words:Simply Sublime
25 May 2003 | by vivian_baum_cabralSee all my reviews

For me,a film addicted"Brief Encounter" is a polished diamond.It's the most perfect romance:You don't see lovers climbing balconys or dying in each others hand.What you see in "Brief Encounter"is two ordinary people in love.Only two normal people who stumble on one another in a railroad station and discover that they have more things in common,then meets the eye.So they started to see each other once a week,but their love are doomed,because they are both married and have very good lives.Celia Johnson is a sparklling gem as a house wife repressed who finds a man so repressed as she.That leads us to Trevor Howard.I know the reason of Celia's anguish.A normal woman simply could not resist to those eyes and the perfect face of Trevor,who embodies every english man in a simple wave,or just laughing in the theater.David Lean's soberb direction and Noel Coward's perfect story give space to show that you don't need to be Romeo And Juliet to tell that love's a good cause to fight,even when the fight is lost


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