Brief Encounter

5.31 h 43 min197413+
Two strangers, both married to others, meet in a railroad station and find themselves in a brief but intense affair.
Alan Bridges
Richard BurtonSophia LorenJack Hedley
English [CC]
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Rosemary LeachAnn FirbankGwen Cherrell
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Veronica RoseReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sophia really miscast in this film
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In the original, Celia Johnson played the mousey, lonesome little housewife very well, thus making her believable when she fell for the charming Trevor Howard. In this remake, Sophia Loren is hardly mousey and desperate. She plays herself, strong, one-dimensional, knowingly drop-dead gorgeous, fashionably dressed, walking with the self-assurance and feline power of a runway model. Very hard to believe she'd have settled for her boring barrister husband (who never seems to be at work but puttering around the house or playing games with the kids all the time) or want a skid row casework job. As for the "brief encounter" with blazing blue-eyed Burton, I could not see "love" between them. Burton did a decent job of faking it; but Loren makes no such effort, bemused perhaps but basically playing up to the cameras.

In the original film, one could feel love and passion between the two star-crossed protagonists, but Celia was too scared and guilty-feeling to commit to marrying her true flame. In this film, Anna (Loren) refuses the doctor because she doesn't really love him (or anyone but herself) and certainly wouldn't want the bother of self-sacrifice or the uncertainty of losing control and changing her queen bee life.
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Robert ArenaReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Does not hold a candle to the Lean edition
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I hoped to like this but it is a travesty. Fine actors phoning it in, Burton a pathetic stalker. Cringe worthy. I did not find anything worthy and I tried. Rachmaninoff provided a driving beat in the original; a similar device might have helped. Oh, wait, I did like seeing the trains so there was that. Please avoid this film.
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13th floorReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
No dice
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So awful I laughed. Admittedly I did not watch until the very end. A script must be really bad if you feel as if two sex symbols of yesteryear have about as much chemistry and appeal as dust mops. Stilted, awkward and slow.
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Abroken HeartReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
She wanted to kill herself...
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Did anyone notice? She was in so much pain, so heartbroken that she thought about stepping in front of a moving train. What could be worse than the feeling of a broken heart? I personally didn't like Alec interrupting Anna's life. I disliked him for wanting to take her away from everything she loved in life. The selfishness of destroying two families... He was utterly annoying. I'm glad that Anna had more sense. I don't think that the movie was able to show or prove that these two characters, Anna and Alec, were in love. I had no feelings for their relationship. On the other hand, it successfully managed to show that in both their marriages, life was boring, their partners were boring, etc. This movie kept me interested because of Sophia Loren, she is a beautiful woman and a wonderful actress.
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BleachBlondieReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
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I'm not one of those people with SHORT ATTENTION SPANS.... To the contrary, lengthy films are most enjoyable.... HERE IS MY REVIEW: Conclusion was predictable (same old monotony - dullness of routine life)... Also... That STRONG ATTRACTION/connection The Writer was attempting to convey between the Leading Man & Lady was NON-EXISTENT -- Heck! There wasn't any compatibility at all.
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AnonymousReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Remake!
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First of all, I have to say I usually dislike remakes of films that are brilliant in their original production. Although David Lean's 1945 version of this story is not without flaws, I have personally loved it for years. I am so pleased to find this remake - of which, until recently I knew nothing - and to have discovered that it is as wonderful as the original, perhaps even more so. The areas of the film that are the same, and the subtle ways in which it is distinctive, are intelligent and thought provoking. I loved it, and have already ordered a DVD copy for my collection. THANK YOU AMAZON for making this available to stream!
Spontaneous oneReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth watching for the angst !
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Much better than the original. The original shows how stuffy and class ridden England was and still is at the establishment level. The original was so dark and cheaply made with snotty accents from the leads. To think i even visited the staion in Lancashire where it was filmed although my main purpose was to visit a bookshop.
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curlierthanthouReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Zero Chemistry Between Incredibly Sexy Stars
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Goodness, how interesting watching two capable actors, each sexy as hell, with zero chemistry between them! Fascinating to watch if you've seen and loved the old and excellent Celia Johnson/Trevor Howard version. Makes you realize, too, how critical scoring is to such a delightfully sappy film; this version lacks the support of a decent sound bed.
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