Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter (1945)

A story of the most precious moments in a woman's life!

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1945-11-24
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 585 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 26min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Cineguild
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: David Lean
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From 585 Ratings


Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.

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  • Celia Johnson

    as Laura Jesson
  • Trevor Howard

    as Dr. Alec Harvey
  • Stanley Holloway

    as Albert Godby
  • Joyce Carey

    as Myrtle Bagot
  • Cyril Raymond

    as Fred Jesson
  • Everley Gregg

    as Dolly Messiter
  • Marjorie Mars

    as Mary Norton
  • Margaret Barton

    as Tea Room Assistant Beryl Walters
  • Wilfred Babbage

    as Policeman at War Memorial (uncredited)
  • Alfie Bass

    as Waiter at the Royal (uncredited)
  • Wallace Bosco

    as Doctor After Bobbie's Accident (uncredited)
  • Sydney Bromley

    as Johnnie, the Second Soldier (uncredited)
  • Noël Coward

    as Train Station Announcer (uncredited)
  • Nuna Davey

    as Herminie Rolandson (uncredited)
  • Valentine Dyall

    as Alec's Friend Stephen Lynn (uncredited)
  • Irene Handl

    as The Cellist and Organist (uncredited)
  • Dennis Harkin

    as Beryl's Man Stanley (uncredited)
  • Edward Hodge

    as Bill (First Soldier) (uncredited)
  • Frederick Kelsey

    as Man in Cinema (uncredited)
  • Jack May

    as Boat Rental Man (uncredited)
  • Avis Scott

    as Kardomah Waitress (uncredited)
  • George V. Sheldon

    as Clergyman - Train Passenger (uncredited)
Editing Jack Harris Editor
Production Noël Coward Producer
Camera Robert Krasker Director of Photography
Directing David Lean Director
Production Ronald Neame Producer
Production Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer
Art Lawrence P. Williams Art Direction
Sound Harry Miller Sound Editor
Visual Effects Charles Staffell Visual Effects
Directing George Pollock Assistant Director
Editing Winston Ryder Assistant Editor
Sound Desmond Dew Sound Recordist
Sound Stanley Lambourne Sound Recordist
Editing Margery Saunders Associate Editor
Writing Noël Coward Theatre Play
Writing Noël Coward Screenplay
Crew Anthony Havelock-Allan Additional Writing
Crew David Lean Additional Writing
Crew Ronald Neame Additional Writing