Posted by: absntmindedariel | April 5, 2011

An Affair to Remember (1957)

If you like– Sleepless in Seattle, Message in a Bottle, Return to Me

Synopsis– Returning to her boyfriend in New York, ex-night club singer Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) sets off on a cruise from Europe.  While at sea she meets fellow passenger and newly-engaged playboy Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant), who is quick to try his old romantic tricks on Ms. McKay.  The two become fast (and, at first, platonic) friends, but Ferrante’s charms are soon too much for Terry to resist. But how can two “kept” socialites give up their spouses’ wealth and support themselves?

Why it’s better– Most viewers will recognize many scenes from the nineties classic Sleepless in Seattle (particularly Meg and Rosie’s tearful “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. We’ve already missed the spring!”)  An Affair to Remember, however, is (in my opinion) far sweeter and definitely more tragic and bittersweet than the Meg Ryan homage.  You will probably sob through the middle, but it’s worth it in the end!

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