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The End of the Affair is a black and white 1955 film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, Peter Cushing and John Mills. It is based on the novel The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. It was filmed largely on location in London, particularly in and around the picturesque Chester Terrace. The film was entered into the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair 1955 film.jpg
Directed byEdward Dmytryk
Produced byDavid Lewis
Written byLenore J. Coffee
Based onThe End of the Affair (1951 novel)
by Graham Greene
StarringDeborah Kerr
Van Johnson
John Mills
Peter Cushing
Michael Goodliffe
Stephen Murray
Joyce Carey
Music byBenjamin Frankel
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byAlan Osbiston
Coronado Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 24 February 1955 (1955-02-24) (United Kingdom)
  • May 1955 (1955-05) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Plot summaryEdit

The writer Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) recalls his time in London toward the end of World War II, and following its conclusion, when he meets at a sherry party Sarah Miles (Deborah Kerr), the wife of his London acquaintance Henry Miles (Peter Cushing). They become lovers. During their affair his rooms on the square are bombed, she quits their relationship and he suffers from the loss and delayed shock from the bombing. It is after their break-up and the end of the war that Bendrix encounters Henry on the square, who invites him for a drink at his home especially as Sarah will not be there. He admits that he suspects the infidelity of his wife, has looked into a private investigator and approaches Bendrix to act on his behalf—but retracts the idea. Sarah returns home before Bendrix has left and she is curt in her exchange with him. Bendrix follows through with hiring a private detective agency. They come across information that the portrayal of Bendrix's housing situation being bombed did not disclose some facts about what happened to Bendrix and Sarah's wish that he be alive. Sarah had to resolve her infidelity with Bendrix, her prayer for Bendrix to be alive, her relationship with God and her marriage during discussions, sometimes extended, she had at all times of the day with a priest.[2]



The film was remade in 1999, starring Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.[3]


Home mediaEdit

This film has been made available on a DVD-video and was released on 16 May 2000. It contains both the 1955 and 1999 adaptations together with supporting material about their making.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The End of the Affair". Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  2. ^ "The End of the Affair (1955) - Edward Dmytryk - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "The End of the Affair (1999)". BFI.

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