An Affair To Remember Parent Guide
Although a bit mushy for the majority of inhabitants in my household, this tender romance, combined with a big bowl of popcorn and lots of tissues, is a great way to test out the waterworks.
Parent Movie Review
Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) is a man with it all: good looks, seemingly unlimited funds, a gaggle of ardent admirers and a beautiful, wealthy fiancee. Boarding an ocean liner bound for America where his bride-to-be awaits, the last thing he plans on is meeting the charming and lovely Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr), a former night club singer with a long-time boyfriend of her own back home. Intrigued by her casual attitude toward him, Nickie pursues her with some interest. Terry, while flattered by his attentions and glad for his dinner company, is uneasy about being seen together, and especially about being captured on film by the ship’s photographer. Consequently, their attempts to avoid one another result in some lively entertainment for their fellow passengers
During an afternoon port call, Nickie takes Terry along to visit his Grandmother Janou (Cathleen Nesbitt) at her home, sheltered in an Eden-like garden. While sipping tea and engaging in chitchat with the amiable, elderly woman, Terry catches a glimpse of the real Nickie hidden behind all the bravado. Returning to the ship, the pair of Atlantic travelers recognize their growing affections for one another. As the vessel resumes its voyage and chugs closer to the New York skyline, they realize the dilemma waiting them on shore—one unsuspecting, well-heeled fiancee and one innocent, big business boyfriend. Agreeing to see if they feel the same about each other in six months, Nickie and Terry arrange to meet atop the Empire State Building—New York’s closest thing to heaven.
On the day of their reunion, a disastrous accident postpones the couple’s plans and each of them wonders if fate has passed them by leaving only An Affair to Remember.
This 1957 Academy award nominated film, directed by Leo McCarey, is a remake of his earlier work Love Affair (1939). Compared to recent movies where people fall into bed like apples off a tree, it is refreshing to see couples carefully consider their prospects for a successful relationship before making serious decisions. Additionally, I enjoyed the portrayal of this intelligent and discerning female character. Although a bit mushy for the majority of inhabitants in my household, this tender romance, combined with a big bowl of popcorn and lots of tissues, is a great way to test out the waterworks.Directed by Leo McCarey. Starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr. Running time: 119 minutes. Theatrical release August 11, 1957. Updated July 12, 2016
An Affair To Remember
Rating & Content Info
Why is An Affair To Remember rated Not Rated? An Affair To Remember is rated Not Rated by the MPAA
While initially engaged to others, this couple takes time to consider the seriousness of the marriage commitment, develop individual talents and learn to rectify misunderstandings. A car accident is implied by the sound of screeching tires and sirens. An adult couple briefly kisses and hugs. Main characters are shown with cigarettes, drinking socially and remarking on a preference for pink champagne.
Page last updated July 12, 2016
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An Affair To Remember Parents' Guide
While visiting with Terry, Grandmother Janou says, “There’s nothing in Nicholas that a good woman can’t change.” What do you think she sees in Nickie that others do not?
After arriving in New York, Nickie decides to resume his painting. Why was it important for him to become successful at it before meeting Terry again? How did his painting play into their reunion?
Both fiances took the news of Nickie and Terry’s shipboard romance remarkably well. Does this represent the usual response to a broken engagement? What admirable qualities do you think the fiances possessed?
The most recent home video release of An Affair To Remember movie is February 1, 2011. Here are some details…
The 1957 classic An Affair to Remember debuts on Blu-ray on February 1, 2011.
The disc includes the following bonus materials:
- Commentary by Singer Marnie Nixon and Film Historian Joseph McBride
- 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 Movietone News: An Affair to Remember Shipboard Premiere Attracts Celebrities
An Affair to Remember—50th Anniversary Edition
DVD Release Date: 15 January 2008
The two-disc set of An Affair to Remember celebrates the film’s 50th anniversary. Along with the classic movie, fans can enjoy an audio commentary by singer Marine Nixon and film historian Joseph McBride, featurettes about the talent (including actor Cary Grant, actress Deborah Kerr, director Leo McCarey, and producer Jerry Wald), insights into The Look of An Affair to Remember, as well as studio footage (AMC Backstory, Fox Movietonenews, original trailers, posters and still galleries). Audiotracks are in stereo (English and French) and Mono (Spanish), with subtitles in English and Spanish.
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An Affair to Remember is the favorite film of the character played by Meg Ryan in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. Both movies also include a rendezvous at the Empire State Building.