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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 94
    Mr. Showbiz

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

  • 88
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    Without a hint of sanctimony, it is a love story as much about soul as heart.

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)