Writer: Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey
Director: Leo McCarey
Music: Hugo Friedhofer
Costume design: Charles le Maire, Joan Joseff, Kay Reed, Mickey Sherrard
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
Language: English | French | Italian
An Affair to Remember is a 1957 American romance film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Filmed in CinemaScope, it was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is considered one of the most romantic films of all time, according to the American Film Institute. The film was a remake of McCarey's 1939 film Love Affair, starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.
The film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song and Best Original Score at the 30th Academy Awards.
Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant), a well-known playboy, meets Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) aboard the transatlantic ocean liner SS Constitution en route from Europe to New York. Each is involved with someone else. After a series of meetings aboard the ship, they establish a friendship, and Nickie invites Terry to visit his grandmother, Janou, while the ship is anchored near her home at Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast.
As the ship returns to New York City, they agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months' time if they have succeeded in ending their relationships and starting new careers.
On the day of their rendezvous, however, Terry, hurrying to reach the Empire State Building, is struck down by a car while crossing a street. Gravely injured, she is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Nickie, after many hours of waiting for her at the top of the building, leaves at midnight, believing she has rejected him.
After the accident, Terry never contacts Nickie because of her disability. She finds work as a music teacher. Nickie has pursued his painting and has his work displayed in art gallery. Six months after the accident, Terry and Nickie encountered at a ballet performance, both accompanied by their ex partners.
Nickie learns Terry's address and on Christmas Eve pays her a surprise visit, trying to have Terry explain why she failed her promise, but Terry says nothing. It is until when he finds his painting on the wall of her bedroom that he understands everything, and he holds Terry tightly.
Cary Grant as Nickie
Deborah Kerr as Terry