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Chance Meeting (1954)

The Young Lovers (original title)
The Young Lovers is about a young couple - she is Eastern European and the daughter of a communist ambassador, he is in American code expert working for intelligence at the American Embassy... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Robin Estridge, George Tabori (story)
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Odile Versois ... Anna Szobek
David Knight ... Ted Hutchens
Joseph Tomelty ... Moffatt
Theodore Bikel ... Joseph
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Gregg Pearson
Peter Illing ... Dr. Weissbrod
John McLaren John McLaren ... Col. Margetson
David Kossoff ... Geza Szobek
Bernard Rebel Bernard Rebel ... Stefan
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The Young Lovers is about a young couple - she is Eastern European and the daughter of a communist ambassador, he is in American code expert working for intelligence at the American Embassy in London. At the Covent Garden Opera, watching the Swan Lake ballet, they meet and fall in love and a problem immediately confronts them because they are from different sides of the Iron Curtain. They find their every move monitored by both sides. The course of true love is eventually blocked by bureaucracy, forcing hero and heroine to escape.

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They fought for happiness in a world that would not let them love! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1954 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chance Meeting See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Swan Lake
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Adapted by Benjamin Frankel
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Forbidden love
9 March 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

Trust me, it is well worth watching! 2 young people meet at the ballet and start a romance, but politically, they can not be together. He is on one side, she the other, and "there is no 3rd side". Yet they defy everyone and continue to see each other, playing a very dangerous cat and mouse game with their superiors.

The movie itself seemed either very pre-code, or very modern, with the details of their relationship and eventually the news that Anna is to have a baby; when of course she is not married to Ted!

Overall I gave it a 10. It held my interest for the entire time, it was happy, sad, heartwarming and heartbreaking, and some of the suspense would have made Hitchcock proud.


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