Leo McCarey's Affair to Remember

DVD - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Leo McCarey's Affair to Remember
Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous, and the lovers' future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.


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Dec 14, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr shine in one of the greatest cinemascope weepers of all time. On a cross Atlantic cruise bound for New York, notorious playboy Nickie Ferrante develops a tentative shipboard romance with fellow passenger Terry McKay, the only woman he’s ever met with a wit to match his own. Unfortunately the smitten couple are just weeks away from getting married to other people; he to a wealthy heiress and she to millionaire tycoon, both of whom are waiting for them at the New York City docks. Agreeing to put their separate marriage preparations on hold, the couple plan a romantic rendezvous atop the Empire State Building in six months; just enough time for each of them to become gainfully employed. While Nickie tries to hone his skills as a painter, Terry returns to the nightclub circuit where she gains some notoriety as a stage singer. But when the time comes for their much anticipated reunion a sudden tragedy keeps them apart and threatens to destroy any future happiness they might have had. With its lush widescreen cinematography, rich technicolor sets and bubbling dialogue, Leo McCarey’s film certainly starts out with a romantic flair. Grant and Kerr’s sparkling repartee, moving from capricious banter to lovestruck confessions, is very well written and delivered with appropriate vigour; a side trip to visit an aging grandmother in her hilltop villa is especially poignant. However, if Affair begins like a refreshing sip of pink champagne, it ends with a mouthful of sticky corn syrup. Schmaltzy pathos competes with dewy-eyed pining to see how many tissues they can wring out of the audience while the addition of a cloying children’s choir of sweetly smiling cherubs (why does their junior band sound like a professional orchestra?) goes straight for the sentimental jugular. But, for those who can handle the extra helping of icing towards the end, this is one cinematic confection that will leave you satisfied.

Oct 17, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

:The casting of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr was a fantastic idea of director Leo McCarey. Not only did he direct the film but he wrote the screenplay with Delmar Daves. Cary Grant plays a playboy named Nick Ferrante. He is already engaged to marry, but when he sees Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay, she changes his mind. Two actors could not look any more in love than Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. They look in love, act in love, and build a relationship we the viewer roots for. See if you don't find them irresistible yourselves. I think your in for one of the best love stories on film!

Jul 24, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A truly endearing classic from McCarey with Grant and Kerr at their best.

Jun 23, 2014
  • nita22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourites. Great dialogue and beautiful settings. Two beautiful actors together. Only for the true romantic.

Feb 28, 2014
  • johnnybookreader rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This one is supposed to be a classic tale of timeless love or some such nonsense? I found it to be tedious and pokily paced with a dull, drab, who cares? script. Just awful! Robert Q. (I wonder what the Q is for?)Lewis should have been the tip off. Maybe this movie appeals to some specialized audience, professional virgins or interior decorators or the like. I kept flicking the time remaining button but finally had to deep six it with 30 minutes to go. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr must really have needed the money or maybe were being punished? If that is the case then I know exactly how they felt. Make like the luxurious ocean liner and give this turkey a wide berth!

Aug 29, 2013
  • joekoomen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's worth watching this and following it up with "Sleepless in Seattle". You'll appreciate both films more it you do.

Aug 27, 2013
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I prefer the original Love Affair (1939). The lines and acting seemed to flow more easily. I highly recommend watching the original if you did or didn't enjoy An Affair to Remember. They were both directed by Leo McCarey.

Jan 29, 2013
  • pokano rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

You watch this movie for two reasons: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. The first half is rather witty; the second half devolves into a heavy duty tear jerker. But the two stars make the movie worthwhile.

Nov 19, 2012
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this - it was much funnier than I expected, and much less melodramatic. It has aged well.

Aug 13, 2012

This is one of my favorite love story movies. Along the same lines as The Notebook, where you root for the two to be together as they face obstacles that keep them apart.

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