Based on Noël Coward's play "Still Life," Brief Encounter is a romantic, bittersweet drama about two married people who meet by chance in a London railway station and carry on an intense love affair. ... read more
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
Stats: 1,138 reviews
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October 19, 2012
Boring. I just didn't care for the relationship or the characters. There's also no story, just multiple scenes of the romance developing (I guess you can call that the story, an uninteresting one at that. Only for romance fans). The movie's running time is less than 90 minutes, b...
August 16, 2012
Two strangers meet in a train station waiting area, both happily married yet magnetically drawn to each other in spite of that. David Lean's adult question, set to Sergei Rachmaninoff's yearning 2nd Concerto, simply wonders what we may want once we have everything we want and ha...
January 12, 2012
This is one of the most gorgeous films of the forties, adapted from the play by the prolific Noel Coward; Brief Encounter is one of the more taboo films from that era. Other films that came after it were far more fastidious in their rendering of the sexual aspect to these clumsy ...
February 10, 2011
Steam ... cut-glass accents ... Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto ... the refreshment room at Milford Junction ... "the shame of the whole thing - the guiltiness, the fear ..." - it all adds up to David Lean's famous film treatment of the Noel Coward tale of love blossoming and wi...
October 18, 2010
Just because this movie has "Brief" in the title, doesn't mean it's short, it actually felt kind of long and boring. Plus the romance isn't very interesting. It's not bad, but I didn't care for it either.
July 7, 2010
My first viewing of this 40?s classic and a pretty enjoyable watch. Forget the accents for a moment ( in the decades when we were all so terribly posh) the storyline of course of forbidden fruit and adultery in a time when I?m sure it would have been considered a very controvers...
January 20, 2010
Losing love is always awful, as most everyone knows, especially when the love hasn't gone, but circumstances demand it. So this film can hit home to a certain extent with most anybody. Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard were both believable in their roles as the lovers, both married...
June 13, 2009
Intense acting by Celia Johnson who plays Laura Jesson. Beautiful movie...
May 29, 2009
I find that I have to keep reminding myself that movies, like books and stage plays, are a form of escapism. They allow us to live other lives vicariously through characters that are usually fictional and always physically detached from ourselves. You see, the thing is this, I ...
January 12, 2009
Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson elicit candor and passion without the need of words, and yet Noel Coward's screenplay is very rich and arouses a huge deal of emotion. All that in the master hand of David Lean signifies a tender and intense romance, a battle inside a woman's heart...
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