For Better, for Worse

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  • NR
  • 1955
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 5.7  (181)

For Better, for Worse is a 1954 British romantic comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Dirk Bogarde, Susan Stephen, and Cecil Parker. The movie tells the story of a newlywed couple, Tony and Jane, who are struggling to start their married life together. Tony, a struggling writer, and Jane, a nurse, are ecstatic to marry and start their new life together. However, their honeymoon is cut short when Tony gets a call that he has been drafted to serve in the Korean War. Tony's absence puts a strain on their relationship, especially when they are unable to communicate with each other due to censorship of mail.

Desperate to keep their love alive, Jane decides to take up writing herself in the hopes of keeping Tony's spirits up. She sends him funny letters and poems, which Tony not only finds amusing but inspiring. Tony starts writing about their relationship and their love story, which he plans to use as the basis for his next novel.

As Tony's fame begins to grow as a successful writer, he meets several women who are interested in him, adding to the strain on his marriage. Jane, on the other hand, is struggling to make ends meet and care for their home as she continues to wait for Tony's return.

Their marriage takes a turn for the worse when Tony is injured and is unable to write. He becomes bitter and resentful towards Jane for supporting him financially and not letting him take responsibility for their household. Tony's ego and pride make him unable to appreciate what Jane has done for him, and he tries to find ways to assert his independence to gain back his lost pride.

The film explores the themes of love, loyalty, and pride, as Tony and Jane struggle to hold their marriage together during the challenges of war and fame. It also raises questions about the societal expectations of gender roles and the balance of power in a relationship, as Tony tries to reclaim his place as the dominant figure in the marriage.

The lead actors give convincing performances, with Dirk Bogarde's portrayal of Tony being both charming and complicated. Susan Stephen's portrayal of Jane is also noteworthy, as she brings a sense of vulnerability and strength to her character. The supporting cast, including Cecil Parker as Tony's publisher, adds depth and humor to the film.

The cinematography is also notable, with beautiful shots of the English countryside and the bustling city of London. The film's soundtrack, composed by Hubert Clifford, complements the romantic and comedic elements of the story.

Overall, For Better, for Worse is a heartwarming and entertaining film that touches on timeless themes of love, loyalty, and the challenges of marriage. It is a film that will leave audiences reflecting on their own relationships and the role pride, and ego play in them.

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    1 hr 25 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (181)