132. The Passionate Friends (1949)
Leonard Maltin's Rating :
Should be :
IMDB Rating : 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes Rating : 57% with Audience, 78% with the Critics
In his review Leonard says: "Predictable love triangle among the upper classes, enhanced by string cast and Lean's craftsmanship."
It's funny, but the one thing I would not have said about this David Lean movie was that it was predictable. Mary and Steven are in love, but they don't end up together. How predictable is that? With five minutes to go in the movie I had no idea what was going to happen.
The movie was well worth watching just for the great acting. Claude Rains may be the best character actor of all time, and Trevor Howard and Ann Todd were also really good in this.
The movie was an interesting examination of what it takes to be happy in life. Is there only one person you can love? Can you be happy with someone who you are only fond of? Is it better to marry for love or for comfort? These are questions not many Hollywood movies would answer the way this one answered those questions.
Not as good as Lean's Brief Encounter, but still very well done.