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February 27, 2015

If you ever hear references to Cary Grant, it’s probably along the lines of tall, dark and handsome. He is a fixture in old Hollywood movies, and the 1957 classic “An Affair to Remember” is no exception. “An Affair to Remember” follows the relationship between Nickie Ferrante, played by the swoon-worthy Cary Grant, and Terry McKay, played by Deborah Kerr.

Nickie is a famous playboy who made national headlines for becoming engaged. Terry is also involved with someone, though still waiting patiently on an engagement.

The two meet while on an ocean liner from Europe to New York and strike up an intimate bond right away. Nickie immediately takes to Terry’s quick wit and snappy remarks and Terry is charmed by Nickie’s surprisingly good heart.

Nickie and Terry quickly realize that these feelings for each other aren’t fleeting. They want to be together, but each of them is dependent on their partner for money – something they’ve grown accustomed to. “You said I was fond of expensive things,” says Terry. “Pink champagne… It might be difficult to – Do you like… beer?”

They make a deal to meet up in six months at the top of the Empire State Building after each has had a chance to prove that they can provide for themselves. Things don’t go exactly according to plan, and the two must cope with unforeseen circumstances.

This movie is everything I imagine a Hollywood classic to be, which is probably why it’s been remade several times and largely influenced the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks flick “Sleepless in Seattle.” It is sweet and funny and adds a spice of drama to keep things interesting. The romance between Terry and Nickie isn’t easy, but they decide to continue on fearlessly, highlighting the power of love over the convenience of money.

This is what I love about classics. They are unabashedly idealistic. They pull you into a world where anything is possible and everybody can get swept off their feet.

“An Affair to Remember” is the type of movie that I will finish and can immediately begin watching again. It’s enjoyable to watch start to finish, and it doesn’t tire. It’s easy to get lost in the culture and the music of the time, but most of all, it’s the audience’s affair with the characters that makes this movie worthwhile.

Mackenzie Mahler
Courier Features Editor

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