An Affair to Remember

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Overview

An Affair to Remember, director Leo McCarey's scene-for-scene remake of his own 1939 film Love Affair, isn't really an improvement on the original, but it's equally as enjoyable. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, high-profile types both engaged to be married to other people, meet and fall in love during an ocean voyage. To test the depth of their commitment to each other, Grant and Kerr promise that, if they're still in love at the end of six months, they will meet again at the top of the Empire State Building. Clips ...
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Overview

An Affair to Remember, director Leo McCarey's scene-for-scene remake of his own 1939 film Love Affair, isn't really an improvement on the original, but it's equally as enjoyable. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, high-profile types both engaged to be married to other people, meet and fall in love during an ocean voyage. To test the depth of their commitment to each other, Grant and Kerr promise that, if they're still in love at the end of six months, they will meet again at the top of the Empire State Building. Clips from An Affair to Remember were used as "reference points" throughout the 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which likewise concluded atop the Empire State Building. Disproving the theory that "Third Time's the Charm," Warren Beatty attempted to remake Affair to Remember, again titled Love Affair, in 1994.
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Special Features

Disc One: Audio commentary by singer Marine Nixon and film historian Joseph McBride; Disc Two: Exclusive featurettes - Affairs to Remember: Deborah Kerr, Affairs to Remember: Cary Grant, directed by Leo McCarey, a producer to remember: Jerry Wald, the look of An Affair to Remember; AMC backstory: An Affair to Remember; Fox movietonews: Shipboard premiere attracts celebrities; Original theatrical trailer; Poster gallery; Still gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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: 1/15/2008
  • UPC: 024543487982
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: 50th Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,490

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
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
Jesslyn Fax Landlady
Priscilla Garcia French child
Walter Woolf King Doctor
Jack Lomas Painter
Robert Lynn Doctor
Helen Mayon Nurse
Scotty Morrow Orphan
Alena Murray Airline stewardess
Marni Nixon Terry McKay [singing voice]
Jack Raine British TV commentator
Marc Snow Ship's photographer
Bert Stevens Maitre D'
Tina Thompson Orphan
Roger Til French commentator
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 Sr. 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

Disc #1 -- Affair to Remember
1. Main Titles [:20]
2. On the Air [1:47]
3. A Most Eligible Bachelor [1:42]
4. A Cheat and a Thief [1:35]
5. Dinner With Nickie [4:06]
6. A Shipboard Romance [3:06]
7. A Magical Day Ashore [1:29]
8. Back on Board [3:44]
9. Keeping a Distance [5:54]
10. The Last Night [1:45]
11. Making Plans to Reunite [8:24]
12. An Interview [8:00]
13. A Starving Artist [2:20]
14. Landing in New York [2:28]
15. Tragedy Strikes [4:30]
16. Visiting a Memory [:32]
17. A Devasting Secret [2:20]
18. Visiting the Teacher [5:26]
19. A Surprise Reunion [3:07]
20. The Painting [4:59]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Affair to Remember
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio: English Stereo
      Language and Audio: Spanish Mono
      Language and Audio: French Stereo
      Commentary by Singer Marnie Nixon and Film Historian Joseph McBride
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Commentary
      Commentary by Singer Marnie nixon and Film Historian Joseph McBride - On
      Commentary by Singer Marnie nixon and Film Historian Joseph McBride - Off
Disc #2 -- Affair to Remember
   Special Features
      Affairs to Remember: Deborah Kerr
      Affairs to Remember: Cary Grant
      Directed by Leo McCarey
      A Producer to Remember: Jerry Wald
      The Look of an Affair to Remember
      AMC Backstory: An Affair to Remember
      Fox Movietonews: An Affair to Remember Shipboard Premiere Attracts Celebrities
      Trailer
   Poster Gallery
      Continue
   Still Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This is one of favorite movies of all time

    Very pleased with the dvd. Very good quality even though it's not a blue ray dvd. I highly recomm. this particular dvd/movie. Price, you can't beat. Now I can watch it when I want and not have to wait till cable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic...but too mushy

    I have yet to see this entire movie becasue I can't get through it without walking away...very mushy....the performances of both actors is phenomenal...the plot leaves something to be desired...but I'm not that much of a romantic,I bought it because it is a classic.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Found at Sea.

    Wonderful movie. For those of you that enjoy the work of Cary Grant you will not be disappointed with this romantic-comedy. Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant have some delightful times together and several scenes have real comedy to make you laugh and enjoy their antics. This classic movie offers a great plot, good character development, and some funny dialogue.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Warms your heart

    The song An Affair To Remember was the theme for my brother and sister-inlaw wedding in 1957.
    They had their first dance to that song while a twenty piece band played.
    I was sixreen at that time,and to this very day I still find this movie and song so romantic.
    For their 50th anniversity I gave them the best gift An Affair To Remember.
    After all these years the movie still brings tears to your eyes.
    Finding love what more can you ask for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not For the Boys

    Clearly all the negative reviews of this movie are from men. This is the eternal love story. Truely the love between these two people conquer all. Yes, it is probabley not realistic but frankly I would not like for my love stories to be set in the real world cause that would be a downer. This is the best movie for hopeless romantics everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Over-rated 'classic'

    The reputation of this film as a classic film 'weepie' romance far excels the actual film itself. Two of Hollywood's finest film actors--suave, sophisticated Cary Grant, and the incandescent Deborah Kerr--shine in the first film's first part during their shipboard romance. However, neither star can overcome the saccharine dreariness of the second half after Kerr has her crippling accident (which includes an excruciating musical number with Kerr and some school children). 20th-Fox filmed 'Affair' in their patented Cinemascope widescreen process which only accentuates how hopelessly studio bound the sets are, giving the film a cheap, low-budget appearance. While the film is not as good as director's Leo McCarey's 1939 original, 'Love Affair', this version is still preferable to Warren Beatty's 1994 remake, an insufferable vanity production if ever there was one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really, who cares?

    This movie is not as good as I think the world thinks it is. I bet Sleepless in Seattle made us think this is good. OK, I love Cary Grant and would rather watch him read the telephone book than sit through two hours of Gary Oldman any day, but I could not care less that some rich people aren't gonna get it on. There is one simple reason to watch this movie: the is a nice return to Jim Crow at the end of the second act when a crippled Deborah Kerr is conducting a group of children. I think Rosa Parks fell into her bus seat having watched that scene, contrary to popular legend. So if someone has a copy of this (check with your gay male or zaftig female friends), skip over to the musical interlude and pick your jaw up off the floor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Movie To Remember

    This is the best romantic-comedy of all time. Cary Grant plays Nicky, who's fallen in love with a singer and they propose to meet 6 months later on top the Empire State Building. This has the most romantic ending ever, plus the music adds to it! Also, the AFI named this movie the 5th best love story ever! (Although it should be 1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Affair To Remember; My New Favorite

    i'm 36 and i just discovered this movie. If you love old, classic, romantic, get-me-a-box-of-tissues love stories, this one is TOPS! Carry Grant and Debra Kerr play a coy game of falling inlove quite by accident when they're both supposed to be marrying someone else. The best part is that Carry Grant is a flagrant playboy and it proves that love really can conquer all. I won't spoil the end for you but be prepared to have a FLOOD of emotions hit you when these two run into each other after about a year goes by and they're STILL in love with each other! I cried like a baby...no wait i SOBBED uncontrollably! It was great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Movies Ever

    I didn't watch this movie until my senior year of college and fell instantly in love. A must see for all hopeless romantics and those who loved Sleepless in Seattle.

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