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8 - An Affair To Remember (1957)

Endlessly imitated but never equalled, Leo McCarey's superlative 1957 romance sees playboy Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) and nightclub singer Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) falling in love on the boat that was to deliver them to their respective destinies. They resolve to free themselves from their current relationships, and meet in six months time at the top of the Empire State building, only for fate to cruelly intercede.

A quiet, dignified lesson in charm, guaranteed to tenderise, if not break the hardest of hearts. It's required viewing for all fans of movie romance lore, if only to see the place from which countless modern love stories have taken their inspiration.

Magic Moment: Nickie finds the painting, and takes a quiet, devastating moment.

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An Affair to Remember [DVD] [1957]
Starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson, Cathleen Nesbitt