In the Cool of the Day

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  • NR
  • 1963
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 5.0  (637)

In the Cool of the Day is a 1963 romantic drama film directed by Robert Stevens and starring Peter Finch, Jane Fonda, and Angela Lansbury. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Susan Cooper. Set in London and Greece, the film tells the story of a married American woman named Christine Bonner (Jane Fonda) who falls in love with a British man named Murray Logan (Peter Finch) while on vacation with her husband, Sam Bonner (Arthur Hill).

The movie opens with Christine and Sam enjoying a holiday in Greece. While Sam is preoccupied with business, Christine explores the island and meets Murray, an Englishman who is also vacationing with his wife whom he describes as being ill. The two quickly develop a connection and a romantic relationship begins to develop. The picturesque Greek scenery creates an idyllic setting for their romance to blossom. However, the affair becomes complicated when Murray's wife, Sybil (Angela Lansbury), unexpectedly arrives on the island.

Murray feels conflicted between his love for Christine and his loyalty to his wife, who he feels guilty for leaving alone in England. Meanwhile, Christine's guilt begins to consume her as she struggles to come to terms with what she is doing to Sam. As their passion intensifies, the couple must make difficult decisions about their futures.

In the midst of all this turmoil, the film also explores themes of class and cultural differences. Christine and Sam come from a wealthy background while Murray is a struggling writer who is fascinated by the couple's wealth and privilege. Murray's wife Sybil is portrayed as an aristocratic woman who cares more about appearances than about her own husband's happiness.

As the story progresses, the characters' relationships become increasingly complex and the film delves into the emotional complexities of human relationships. The stunning Greek scenery serves as both a backdrop and a metaphor for the characters' inner turmoil. The deep blue waters and sun-soaked beaches contrast with the dark emotions that surface as the characters grapple with their feelings.

One of the standout elements of the movie is the performances by the three leads. Jane Fonda captures Christine’s longing and lust as she embarks on an affair that is both thrilling and dangerous. Peter Finch is excellent as Murray, a man torn between his loyalty to his wife and his desire for Christine. Angela Lansbury delivers a standout performance as Sybil, conveying both the vulnerability and the steely determination of a woman desperate to hold on to her marriage.

In the Cool of the Day explores themes of love, morality, and the complexities of human relationships with subtlety and sensitivity. The film’s beautiful cinematography, strong performances and rich storytelling make it a must-see for lovers of classic dramas.

In the Cool of the Day is a 1963 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.0.

In the Cool of the Day
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    5.0  (637)