The Passionate Friends

Synopsis: The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Lean
Production: General Film Distributors
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

That makes four.

- Four what?

- Men dressed as skeletons.

One of them's dancing with a

Gainsborough lady who keeps losing her hat.

Over by the centrepiece there.

It's difficult to pick out

anybody in particular.

How was she?

Mary? She's fine.

They're in a box somewhere.

- Would you like to meet her?

- Yes, I would.

What's happened to the others?

Are they dancing?

They're trying to, I think.

Do you think we ought to go and dance

ourselves, or would you sooner watch?

- Enjoying yourself?

- Very much.

Here she is.

Steven, it's silly, but

do I have to meet her?

No, of course not.

(Horns beep)

(Horns beep)

- Hello, Mary.

- Howard, you remember Steven Stratton.

- Of course, how are you?

- How do you do?

- You don't know Miss Moore, do you?

- How do you do, Miss Moore?

- We met in New York, didn't we?

- No, Burnmoor. Five years ago.

Oh, yes, of course. Nice to see you again.

Will you excuse me?

These things get more crowded every year,

don't they?

Mary? Mary!

Can we drop you anywhere?

No, thanks, we're walking. Good night.

- Good night.

- Happy New Year.

You must dine with us sometime.

We'd love to.

Good night.

It's awful. I couldn't remember his name.

It's Justin. He's a banker.

High finance, that sort of thing.

He's terribly rich too.

He seemed very nice, I thought.

I hardly knew him.

Are they happy?

I think so.

It's the sort of life Mary wanted,

so they ought to be.

Was she very much in love with you, Steven?

I used to think so.

Anyway, she married him.

He's the biologist, isn't he?

I thought you didn't remember him.

Oh, yes, I remembered.

You didn't give that impression.

One should never let the enemy know

when he's being observed.

The enemy?

All right, then, dear. Friend.

- Enjoy yourself?

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Eric Ambler

Eric Clifford Ambler OBE (28 June 1909 – 22 October 1998) was an influential British author of thrillers, in particular spy novels, who introduced a new realism to the genre. He also worked as a screenwriter. Ambler used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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