Affair to Remember

Affair to Remember

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Director: Leo McCarey

Cast: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

     
 

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The classic romantic drama An Affair to Remember comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. SupplementalSee more details below

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The classic romantic drama An Affair to Remember comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Marni Nixon and film historian Joseph McBride, a documentary about the film that was originally produced for AMC, a still photo gallery, the theatrical trailer, and a newsreel about the film's shipboard premiere. This is an excellent release from 20th Century Fox.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Director Leo McCarey's remake of his own equally satisfying Love Affair, this glossy, perfectly engineered romantic drama from 1957 glorifies the virtues of well-appointed sacrifice, while turning a tourist-saturated Manhattan landmark into one the world's most alluring destinations. A notorious playboy (Cary Grant) and an ex-nightclub singer (Deborah Kerr) fall in love on their way to marrying other, wealthier people. They agree to reunite six months later at the observation deck of the Empire State Building if they find that they can't go on without each other. As always, fate intervenes, and Cupid's arrow veers off course despite the lovers' best intentions. Kerr's innate goodness works well here and makes her continuously self-denying behavior believable and free of self-pity. Grant is never less than charming and perpetually suave, even when his underlying distrust of women pokes through. And seasoned pro McCarey's sure handling of the witty, adult script keeps it all together. An unbeatable blend of noble suffering and beautiful surroundings, An Affair to Remember is a classic romantic melodrama. So classic, in fact, that one of the most successful romantic movies of the '90s -- Sleepless in Seattle --used it as a defining line between those who understand love and those who can't hope to.
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Leo McCarey's remake of his Love Affair (1939) is a classic tearjerker and a key reference of Sleepless in Seattle (1993). While shameless in its manipulation of emotion, the film avoids the worst excesses of the bathetic through the peerless performances of its two graceful leads. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as the couple who, after meeting on a cruise ship, agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in six months time in order to test the strength of their love. The film suffers from a certain unevenness. After its engaging first act, the lengthy second act during which the lovers are waiting out the six months, which includes some subpar musical numbers by Kerr, is an exercise in tedium. The film's reputation is based upon the plotting chicanery of its third act and its lachrymose denouement. With a film like this, one is tempted to conjecture about the enduring appeal of something so patently false. But if one takes Kerr's accidental injury as a metaphor for her own sense of unworthiness or fear of loving and being loved, along with Grant's love for her in spite of her "fault," the source of its power seems much easier to accept.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
UPC:
0024543060765
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by singer Marni Nixon and film historian Joseph McBride; AMC Backstory episode: "An Affair to Remember"; Movietone newsreel (shipboard premiere); Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English Stereo, French Stereo, Spanish Mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Nickie Ferrante
Deborah Kerr Terry McKay
Richard Denning Kenneth
Neva Patterson Lois Clarke
Cathleen Nesbitt Grandmother
Robert Q. Lewis Announcer
Charles Watts Hathaway
Fortunio Bonanova Courbet
Matt Moore Fr. McGrath
Louis Mercier Mario
Geraldine Wall Miss Webb
Nora Marlowe Gladys
Sarah Selby Miss Lane
Alberto Morin Bartender
Genevieve Aumont Gabriello
Jesslyn Fax Landlady
Walter Woolf King Doctor
Dorothy Adams Mother
Richard Allen Orphan [uncredited]
Paul Bradley Man
Mary Carroll Teacher
Brian Corcoran Boy, age 5
Tony DeMario Waiter
Minta Durfee Ship Passenger
Juney Ellis Teacher
Priscilla Garcia French child
Jack Lomas Painter
Robert Lynn Doctor
Helen Mayon Nurse
Scotty Morrow Orphan
Alena Murray Airline stewardess
Jack Raine British TV commentator
Marc Snow Ship's photographer
Bert Stevens Maitre D'
Tina Thompson Orphan
Roger Til French commentator
Marni Nixon Terry McKay [singing voice]

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director,Score Composer,Songwriter,Original Story,Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Harold Adamson Score Composer,Songwriter
James B. Clark Editor
Mildred Cram Original Story
Delmer Daves Screenwriter
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Charles Peck Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Robert Sidney Choreography
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
Jerry Wald Producer
Harry Warren Score Composer,Songwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. On the Air
3. A Most Eligible Bachelor
4. A Cheat and a Thief
5. Dinner With Nickie
6. A Shipboard Romance
7. A Magical Day Ashore
8. Back on Board
9. Keeping a Distance
10. The Last Night
11. Making Plans to Reunite
12. An Interview
13. A Starving Artist
14. Landing in New York
15. Tragedy Strikes
16. Visiting a Memory
17. A Devastating Secret
18. Visiting the Teacher
19. A Surprise Reunion
20. The Painting

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