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An Affair to Remember (1957)

aka An Affair to Remember

"On the Riviera...across the ocean...and all over New York!"

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Details: 111 mins · English, French, Italiano


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Small Nickie Ferrante
Small Terry McKay
Small Kenneth Bradley
No_movie_poster Lois Clark
No_movie_poster Grandmother Janou
No_movie_poster Ned Hathaway
No_movie_poster Courbet
Small Ned Hathaway


Small Milton R. Krasner Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Hugo Friedhofer Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Jerry Wald Producer
Small Leo McCarey Director
No_movie_poster James B. Clark Editor
Small Leo McCarey Production
Small Leo McCarey Other
No_movie_poster Delmer Daves Writer
No_movie_poster Donald Ogden Stewart Writer
Small Leo McCarey Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Mildred Cram Story Contributor
No_movie_poster David Bretherton Editing
No_movie_poster James B. Clark Editing


"On the Riviera...across the ocean...and all over New York!"

"Every precious moment of the glad...tender...triumphant love they found -- and almost lost!"


Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant), a well-known playboy and dilettante in the arts, meets Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) aboard the transatlantic ocean liner SS Constitution en route from Europe to New York. Each is involved with someone else. After a series of chance meetings aboard the ship, they establish a friendship. When Terry joins Nickie on a brief visit to his grandmother when the ship anchors near her home at Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast, she sees Nickie with new eyes and their feelings blossom into love. During their visit, it is revealed that Nickie has had a talent for painting, but has dropped said trait due to his critical attitude towards his own art. As the ship returns to New York City, they agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months' time, if they have succeeded in ending their relationships and starting new careers.

On the day of their rendezvous, Terry, in her haste to reach the Empire State Building, is struck down by a car while crossing a street. Gravely injured, she is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Nickie, waiting for her at the observation deck at the top of the building, is unaware of the accident and, after many hours, finally concedes at midnight that she will not arrive, believing that she has rejected him.

After the accident Terry, now unable to walk, refuses to contact Nickie, wanting to conceal her disability. Instead, she finds work as a music teacher. Nickie has pursued his talent as a painter and has his work displayed by an old friend, an art shop owner. Six months after the accident, she sees Nickie with his former fiancée at the ballet, which she herself is attending with her former boyfriend. Nickie does not notice her condition because she is seated and only says hello as he passes her.

Nickie finally learns Terry's address and, on Christmas Eve, makes a surprise visit to her. Although he steers the conversation to make her explain her actions, Terry merely dodges the subject, never leaving the couch on which she sits. As he is leaving, Nickie mentions a painting that he had been working on when they originally met, and that it was just given away at the art shop to a woman who liked it but had no money. He is about to say that the woman was in a wheelchair when he pauses, suddenly suspecting why Terry has been sitting unmoving on the couch. He walks into her bedroom and sees his painting hanging on the wall, and a wheelchair concealed there. He now knows why she did not keep their appointment. The film ends with the two in a tight embrace, each realizing that the other's love endures. In closing, Terry says, "If you can paint, I can walk; anything can happen, don't you think?"

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1957-07-11 : United States of America

DVD : 2008-01-15

DVD : 2003-02-04

DVD : 2000-03-07