An Affair To Remember (1957)
We'll always have Paris
The basic story of An Affair To Remember opens up our bottom half of my Top 20 Romantic Movies. It is about a man and a woman meeting on a ship crossing an ocean and falling in love, is just the foundation of this wonderful and witty tale of true Love. This will capture your heart in a way that you had never expected. It talks about unconditional love as well as love being a way to improve each other. I'm sure this will be your fairytale love story after watching it.
Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) is a suave, well-bred playboy, living the good life by charming wealthy women with his good looks, manners and sophistication. He jet-sets around the world with the rich and famous – in Europe, on yachts, in New York. Always with a beautiful woman of wealth on his arm. Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) is a girl from Boston with a dream of going to New York and making it as a singer. As she is working in a night club, she meets Kenneth (Richard Denning), who sees Terry's potential as the perfect wife, if given the right training. Kenneth takes her away from the hard world of the night clubs and moves her into a penthouse apartment on Park Avenue. Here she can study music, art, literature and become the perfect hostess.
Both Nickie and Terry are sailing from Europe, back to their intended fiancée's. He to Lois Clarke (Neva Patterson), a wealthy heiress. She back to Kenneth, a wealthy and successful business man. What they do not expect is to find Love along the way. From their first meeting on deck the sparks fly. For Nickie, he is just looking for a last fling. For Terry, it's more curiosity. He is pink champagne to her, fun but sure to lose it's bubble. She soon realizes that being seen with him is not a good idea. He creates publicity wherever he goes, and publicity is the last thing she wants..
When their ship stops in a port along the way, their lives are changed forever.
Nickie is going to visit his grandmother, Janou (played beautifully by Cathleen Nesbitt). He invites Terry to come with him to visit his Grandmother's world. During their visit with Janou, they realize they've fallen in Love. On the last night of the cruise, they make a pact. Nickie will try to make a living by painting and Terry heads back to Boston and a job at a Nightclub. In six months, the will meet at the top of the Empire State Building at 5PM. As Terry says, "It's the closest thing to Heaven we have in New York City!"
Six months later, Terry is struck by a car as she is running to meet him. She is paralyzed and is determined not to tell Nickie until she can walk again. Nickie spends the next year searching for the answer to why she did not show up that night. When he finally finds her, she is no longer in the Penthouse overlooking Central Park. It is Christmas and he brings her a shawl that Janou wanted her to have.
Why I Chose This:
I think this is why so many women love this movie. Not only did Prince Charming come along and sweep her off her feet, but she gave him the courage to be successful on his own terms. Their Love changed them and conquered their fears. The dialog is witty, sincere and heart warming. A story of the power of Unconditional Love!
The final scene is wonderfully romantic movie and is guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes. It is my favorite scene in the movie! Where Love conquers all. At the last scene, Nickie visits Terry at her home. Terry is sitting on the couch with a blanket pulled over her crippled legs. If it weren't for the famous last scene I doubt if it would have the longevity it had since 1957.
Terry: Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories... And we've already missed the spring!