The Affair

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The wife of a British army officer falls in love with an African American G.I. in this made-for-cable World War II drama. When her unfaithful husband Ciaran Hinds goes off to war, small-town homemaker Maggie Leyland Kerry Fox spends her time caring for her young son Rory Jennings and helping with the war effort. She's therefore present at a dance the locals throw for a newly arrived platoon of black soldiers from the United States. Despite Maggie's prim and proper demeanor, an unlikely friendship develops between...
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The wife of a British army officer falls in love with an African American G.I. in this made-for-cable World War II drama. When her unfaithful husband Ciaran Hinds goes off to war, small-town homemaker Maggie Leyland Kerry Fox spends her time caring for her young son Rory Jennings and helping with the war effort. She's therefore present at a dance the locals throw for a newly arrived platoon of black soldiers from the United States. Despite Maggie's prim and proper demeanor, an unlikely friendship develops between her and Travis Holloway Courtney B. Vance, a private who works as an army cook and dreams of actually fighting in the trenches for his country. Although the townspeople give the black G.I.'s a pleasant reception, the American brass frets about fraternization between their African-American soldiers and the local lasses. The white soldiers stationed nearby bitterly resent the competition, causing trouble for both participants in any interracial romance. Nonetheless, as the friendship between Travis and Maggie deepens, they're unable to suppress their feelings for one another. Into this clandestine relationship steps Maggie's husband, who returns unexpectedly and promptly accuses Travis of rape when he discovers the couple making love. Based on true events, The Affair was filmed by House of Cards director Paul Seed for HBO. Malcolm X's Leland Gantt co-stars as one of Travis' fellow soldiers who also pays dearly for a romance with a British woman.
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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it's an "issue film" of the type often tackled with neither skill nor subtlety by the purveyors of network-TV movies of the week, this intelligent cable outing skirts most of the material's temptation to press buttons and wring hands. Instead, screenwriters Walter Bernstein and Bryan Boluboff and director Paul Seed construct a thoughtful and well-acted meditation on injustice, respectability, and the unexpected nature of love. The use of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" as both a symbol of pre-1960s race relations and a conversation piece between the main characters is just one example of the economical writing on display. Courtney B. Vance and Kerry Fox are never less than compelling as their relationship shifts from delicate respect to surprising intimacy to something tragic, while a fine supporting cast -- especially Leland Gantt, Ciaran Hinds, and Beatie Edney -- invests the plot-heavy script with believable human faces and motivations. If the film ultimately descends into righteous indignation at the climax, at least the mournful epilogue marks a return to quiet dignity. Issue movie or not, The Affair proves truly moving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/1996
  • UPC: 026359119439
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Courtney Vance Travis Holloway
Kerry Fox Maggie Leyland
Ciarán Hinds
Bill Nunn
Leland Gantt
Beatie Edney
Rory Jennings
Ned Beatty
Technical Credits
Paul Seed Director
Harry Belafonte Executive Producer
Walter Bernstein Original Story, Screenwriter
Don Bledsoe Makeup
Pablo F. Fenjves Original Story, Screenwriter
Bryan Goluboff Teleplay
Christopher Gunning Score Composer
Luana Hanson Art Director
Carmel Jackson Makeup
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
James Nichols Asst. Director
Douglas Olivares Camera Operator
Jan Sewell Makeup
Dorey Sheppard Makeup
John Smithson Producer
John Stothart Editor
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
John Syrjamaki Production Manager
Frances Tempest Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Thompson Producer
William Waldman Camera Operator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    A must see Movie.

    An under rated film.Took me by surprise.Excellent directing.Top acting Kelly Fox an outstanding performance .Ending superb

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