The End of the Affair

Overview

Recently freed from his MGM contract, Van Johnson headed to England to star in a series of pictures, the first of which was The End of the Affair. Adapted by Lenore Coffee from the novel by Graham Greene, the film casts Johnson as Maurice Bendrix, the clandestine lover of married Briton Sarah Miles Deborah Kerr. When Maurice disappears during the London blitz, Sarah feels responsible; perhaps if she hadn't been cheating on her husband Henry Peter Cushing, Maurice might never have been placed in harm's way. She ...
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Overview

Recently freed from his MGM contract, Van Johnson headed to England to star in a series of pictures, the first of which was The End of the Affair. Adapted by Lenore Coffee from the novel by Graham Greene, the film casts Johnson as Maurice Bendrix, the clandestine lover of married Briton Sarah Miles Deborah Kerr. When Maurice disappears during the London blitz, Sarah feels responsible; perhaps if she hadn't been cheating on her husband Henry Peter Cushing, Maurice might never have been placed in harm's way. She gets down on her knees and prays, promising to return to her husband and give up Maurice if her lover's life is spared. The film's title rather gives the game away. The best performance is delivered by John Mills, as an affable private detective hired by Henry Miles to check up on Sarah's whereabouts.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Graham Greene novel that is the basis of The End of the Affair is a difficult piece to translate to the screen, dealing as it does with complicated emotions and themes that go down more easily on the page than in the cinema. This version is acceptable, even if many of the complexities of the characters have been lost. Part of this is due to inadequacies in Lenore Coffee's screenplay, which captures the outlines of the novel but not its spirit. However, part of the blame also rests with the film's leading man, Van Johnson, and to a lesser extent with leading lady Deborah Kerr. Johnson is simply miscast; an able but limited actor, Johnson is called upon to portray a character that is simply beyond his ability, and so there is a hollowness to the central relationship in the story. An actress of immense skill, Kerr is much better than Johnson, but she's not at her best here, often pushing and straining for effect rather than letting it come naturally. Much better are Peter Cushing as Kerr's husband, and especially John Mills, who steals much of the film with his enjoyable and enlivening performance. Affair was remade more effectively in 1999.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2014
  • UPC: 043396452749
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / B&W
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,963

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Sarah Miles
Van Johnson Maurice Bendrix
John Mills Albert Parkis
Peter Cushing Henry Miles
Stephen Murray Father Crompton
Nora Swinburne Mrs. Bertram
Charles Goldner Savage
Michael Goodliffe Smythe
Joyce Carey Miss Palmer
Frederick Leister Dr. Collingwood
Elsie Wagstaffe Bendrix's Landlady
Christopher Warbey Lancelot Parkis
Bart Allison Museum Attendant
Edwin Ellis Rescue Worker
Nan Munro Mrs. Tomkins
Stanley Rose Fireman
John Watson Guest
Josephine Wilson Miss Smythe
Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Don Ashton Art Director
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
David Lewis Producer
Alan Osbigton Editor
Julia Squire Costumes/Costume Designer
Graham Greene Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The End of the Affair
1. Chapter 1 [9:50]
2. Chapter 2 [10:25]
3. Chapter 3 [10:14]
4. Chapter 4 [11:05]
5. Chapter 5 [8:37]
6. Chapter 6 [9:09]
7. Chapter 7 [11:00]
8. Chapter 8 [8:52]
9. Chapter 9 [11:26]
10. Chapter 10 [6:34]
11. Chapter 11 [8:23]
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Disc #1 -- The End of the Affair
   The End of the Affair: Chapters
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