If you've read my About Me section on the right, you know that I love movies, especially old classics. I absolutely love the actors of the old movies. They really knew how to act. Cary Grant has always been one of my favorites. There was just something about him (maybe it's the accent) that always drew me in. Suave and debonair were the words they used back then to describe this type of man.
This has been my favorite movie for a while now. When I was younger we had the movie on VHS, and a few years ago I bought it on DVD. Many people have never seen this movie, but if you've ever seen Sleepless in Seattle, you've seen at least a few bits and pieces.
Cary Grant plays Nicky Ferrante who is known around the world as a playboy. The movie begins with radio stations in several different countries announcing that Nicky is engaged and set to be married when he returns from a trip to Europe. It is on this return trip from Europe, on a cruise ship on it's way to New York, that Nicky meets Terry McKay, a beautiful young woman who is also engaged. They begin to run into each other all over the ship leading everyone to believe they are having a secret affair. Friendly conversation leads them to getting closer to each other with each passing day.
By the end of the trip the two have fallen deeply in love despite the fact that they are both still engaged. On the final day on the ship, just as they are about to dock, Nicky and Terry decide that they will put off thier weddings until 6 months. When 6 months has passed, if they still love each other, they will meet at the top of the Empire State Building. If they both show up, then they will marry each other.
Of course, nothing ever goes as you plan or hope. Tragedy has a way of striking when you least expect it. Sometimes you have to keep on moving despite wanting to just sit down and give up. No matter what happens, remember, love will always conquer in the end!
The above scene has always made me sad. It is the final day on the ship. That morning Terri finds Nicki and they talk about their plans. This is when they decide that they will meet 6 months from that date at the top of the Empire State Building on the 102nd floor since it's "the nearest thing we have to Heaven in New York". It's a sweet scene, yet at the same time it's very sad because you don't know what lies in store for them. And it's got to be hard parting from someone you love so much not knowing.
A piece of trivia: According to IMDb, this movie "was voted the #5 greatest romance of all time by the American Film Institute".