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An Affair To Remember


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Feb 01, 2011

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Not Rated

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Leo McCarey


Cary Grant

Deborah Kerr


1957 20th Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: An Affair To Remember.

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Making the Grades

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 tissue, is a great way to test out the waterworks.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about An Affair To Remember.

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?

Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of An Affair To Remember...

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

- Trailer

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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Sanjay says: Jul. 16, 2010

This film is one of the best films seen by me.Unfortunately, I have often seen this movie on TV screen. I really wish, I can see it on Large screen of theatre.One scene, which I love the most is when steamer reaches the destination. Fiance of both come and glances of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr at each other are simply mind blowing
Sanjay D. Shah

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