Affair To Remember-50th Anniversary

Directed By: Leo McCarey Starring: Cary Grant Deborah Kerr

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The world's most eligible bachelor is set to marry a heiress, but unfortunately for his bride-to-be. While he's travelling alone on a luxury liner, he meets another and realizes he's engaged to the wrong woman.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205844081
UPC 024543487982
UPC 14 00024543487982
Format DVD
Release Date 1/15/2008
Rating NR
Sales Rank 1695
Essential Cinema
Love Story
New York City
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this legendary tearjerker, the world's most eligible bachelor (Cary Grant) is set to marry an heiress. But unfortunately for his bride-to-be, while he's traveling alone on a luxury liner he meets Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) and realizes he's engaged to the wrong woman--and she's engaged to the wrong man. They finally agree to spend six months apart; if they still love each other at the end of that time, they will reunite at the top of the Empire State Building. But the path of true love does not always run smooth, and tragedy threatens to tear the couple apart. Leo McCarey directed both the original (LOVE AFFAIR) and this remake, and viewers often amiably battle over which film is the more touching. This much-loved film features the Academy Award-nominated title song and a splendid supporting cast.
Plot Summary
Summary Leo McCarey's lighthearted romance combines with tragedy to tell the tale of two lovers who long to be together but are engaged to others.
New York Times "AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER evolves effortlessly, almost invisibly, from light romantic comedy to a kind of spiritual drama, as the characters cast off their public identities and approach their essences..." 01/08/2008
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "This is a classic, combining romance, drama, comedy and style....A love story, but one that touches the heart..." 04/01/2008 p.88
Sight and Sound "This much-revived weepie has inspired remakes and pastiches and it's easy to understand why -- McCarey knows just how to crank up the emotions....This is a film that defies you to be cynical about it." 03/01/2012
Leo McCarey
Cary Grant
Deborah Kerr
Cast & Crew
Cary Grant - Actor
Cathleen Nesbitt - Actor
Deborah Kerr - Actor
Delmer Daves, et. al. - Screenplay
Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
James B. Clark - Editor
Jerry Wald - Producer
Leo McCarey - Producer
Leo McCarey - Director
Leo McCarey - Based On Story By
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Mildred Cram - Based On Story By
Milton R. Krasner - Cinematographer
Richard Denning - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1957
Catalog ID 2257791
UPC 00024543487982
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (1958) Oscar, Milton R. Krasner, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Charles Le Maire, Best Costume Design,Oscar, Hugo Friedhofer, Best Music, Scoring,Oscar, Harry Warren, et. al., Best Music, Original Song
Oscar (1958) Charles Le Maire, Nominee, Best Costume Design,Harry Warren, et. al. ("An Affair to Remember"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song,Hugo Friedhofer, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring,Milton R. Krasner, Nominee, Best Cinematography
ReviewSource DVD Town
Review I mean, where would "Sleepless in Seattle" be without "An Affair to Remember"? The Empire State Building and all..."An Affair to Remember" is writer-director Leo McCarey's 1957 remake of his own film, "Love Affair," from some twenty years earlier, remarkably, a picture remade yet another time 1994 with Warren Beatty. Obviously, there's a lot of life in this story line, and we're bound to see it trotted out again in some new guise in the future. Regardless, it works if you're in the mood for romance, but it will seem like a sudsy tearjerker if you're not. I found it worked pretty well. Maybe I was in the mood..."An Affair to Remember" is a film that had I seen it in 1957 when I was in about the seventh grade, I would have gagged. But now that I'm older, the world looks different, and I'm more receptive to this film's type of unabashed schmaltz. It's done me no harm.
Reviewer John J. Puccio
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review In 1957, director Leo McCarey was on the last legs of his storied career. First known as a comic director who introduced Laurel to Hardy and clowned with the Marx brothers, then as a maker of upstanding religious family fare like Going My Way and The Bells Of St. Mary's, McCarey hit his apex with 1937's The Awful Truth, one of the best screwball comedies ever made. His 1939 follow-up Love Affair, starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, scored six Oscar nominations. But in the '50s, with his light touch foundering under the weight of a new pro-America, anti-communist ideology--he was a friendly witness in the HUAC hearings on the Red menace in Hollywood--he accepted the assignment to direct an update of Love Affair, this time in breathtaking Cinemascope and glorious Technicolor...The result of the unusual undertaking (directors who've remade their own films can be counted on one hand) was An Affair To Remember, a stately romance distinguished by two appealing leads, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Grant plays a European gadabout headed to New York for a celebrity wedding to his heiress fiancee, and Kerr is a nightclub singer returning to her sugar daddy...Nobody would mistake An Affair To Remember for a master class in cinema. McCarey's widescreen technique is utilitarian, and the third act, in which the lovers are kept apart mostly by Kerr's overactive conscience, spends a lot of time spinning its wheels. Yet the principals are in such fine form, underplaying against their stagy backdrops, and the tragic turn of the plot is so gripping, that the movie succeeds in spite of its white-elephant pedigree. In particular, the famous final scene remains an edge-of-the seat experience, as Grant paces around the immobile Kerr, talking in riddles about who did and didn't show up at the Empire State Building that fateful day.
Reviewer Donna Bowman
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review This one is for the saps...Though, I must say, I think the older I get, the more I like it. I don't know if I am gathering a greater capacity for cheesy emotion instead of wisdom as I trundle on into the autumn of my years, but it's possible...Immortalized as the ultimate chick flick in Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle, this 1957 movie from writer/director Leo McCarey (The Awful Truth) is apparently not supposed to appeal to members of my gender, but frankly, boys could learn an awful lot from Cary Grant's masculine example in this film. Grant plays Nickie Ferrante, last of the famous international playboys. When Nickie boards a transatlantic cruise to meet his fiance (Neva Patterson) in New York, it makes the news programs around the world. Could the notorious gadabout really be settling down? Certainly his future wife's multimillion-dollar fortune is enticement even if love is not...On the trip, Nickie meets Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr), a former nightclub singer also sailing to meet her fiance (Richard Denning). Terry is devoted to the man who took her out of smoky bars in order to make her a proper woman, and so she easily rebuffs Nickie's charms. It's a new experience for him, and the lothario is flummoxed. The chemistry that exists between these two is one unlike anything they've felt before, and no matter how much they try to pull apart, they always end up right back together. After a sidetrip to meet Nickie's adoring grandmother (Cathleen Nesbitt) during a port stop, the two can't deny it any longer. They also can't deny that they are in a sticky situation as far as their mutual engagements, so they make a plan to take six months to disengage...The movie is a classic romance, with a convincing relationship between two characters played with considerable charm by Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Though it is extremely melodramatic, An Affair to Remember comes by its sentiments honestly. The laughs are real, and so are the tears.
Reviewer Jamie S. Rich
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Grant,Cary
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Los Angeles Times A true achievement in filmmaking...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...a winner of a fairy tale...
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid Cheapened by the many references in Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember plays much better than you might imagine.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town ...the kind of film you don't see much anymore, an old-fashioned love story.
Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan Soap opera-ish Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr starrer still tugs at heart.

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