• The End of the Affair (1999)

The End of the Affair

Release Date: December 3rd, 1999

DVD Release Date: May 16th, 2000

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

In the years following World War II, writer Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes) has an unexpected run-in with Henry Miles (Stephen Rea) and his wife, Sarah (Julianne Moore), with whom he once shared a passionate affair. Henry, who never knew, confides in Maurice that he suspects Sarah of adultery, leading to the hiring of a detective (Ian Hart) to follow her. As Sarah never explained why she called off their affair, Maurice follows the investigation closely, his feelings for her reawakened.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, Ian Hart, Samuel Bould, Jason Isaacs, James Bolam, Deborah Findlay

Director: Neil Jordan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: 1940s , Melodramatic , Forbidden love , Suspenseful , London , Mystery , Love triangle , Husband , Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 94
    Mr. Showbiz

    Rereading Greene's book, one is struck anew by the absolute perfection of the film's casting.

  • 88
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Splendid acting helps Jordan achieve most of his goals, although some may find the romantic and religious elements an uneasy mixture. show more

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Rather prosy until its final third. Then it grabs you with unexpected force.

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Awards

Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)