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Howards End
- Anthony Hopkins

Overview - E.M. Forster's 1910 novel is adapted for the screen by Merchant Ivory Productions in this masterful Edwardian Age romance directed by James Ivory. The dying Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave) wishes to leave her country home, Howards End, to Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson in an Academy Award-winning role), a modest woman of little means who will soon be forced out of her own home in London.  Read more...

 
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Overview

E.M. Forster's 1910 novel is adapted for the screen by Merchant Ivory Productions in this masterful Edwardian Age romance directed by James Ivory. The dying Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave) wishes to leave her country home, Howards End, to Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson in an Academy Award-winning role), a modest woman of little means who will soon be forced out of her own home in London. But Ruth's husband, Henry (Anthony Hopkins), an upper middle class businessman, keeps secret her desire even after he and Margaret become friends. However, after Henry and Margaret marry, their class differences and philosophies threaten to cause them unhappiness. Margaret's sister, Helen (Helena Bonham Carter), is disgusted by the Wilcox's snobbish ways and is attracted to helping struggling clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) improve his position. Merchant-Ivory screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was the force behind adapting this Forster novel into a film, winning her second Academy Award for her screenplay; her first Oscar was for A ROOM WITH A VIEW.

Awards:
1992 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1992 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Jemma Redgrave - British TV Actress
Emma Thompson - British actress
James Ivory - Director/Screenwriter/Critic
Samuel West - Actor/"Howard's End"
Anthony Hopkins - Welsh Actor
Sir Anthony Hopkines - Welsh Actor
Sir Anthony Hopkins - Welsh Actor
Richard Robbins
Ismail Merchant - Producer/Director
Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman Merchant - Producer/Director
Helena Bonham-Carter - British Actress
Prunella Scales - British actress, FAWLTY TOWERS
Jenny Beavan - Costume Designer
Andrew Marcus - Editor
Vanessa Redgrave - British actress
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Novelist/Screenwriter
Luciana Arrighi

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 143
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 741952834199
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2016

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Movies > Dramas

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Synopsis:
Subtle romance, callous class distinctions, and needless tragedy converge in this excellent drama of manners in Edwardian England, centered around a country house known as Howards End. The film, based on E.M. Forster's 1910 novel, assembles Merchant-Ivory standouts Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins; it won three Oscars and was nominated for six others.

Notes:
Theatrical release: March 13, 1992. HOWARDS END was filmed in London and Oxfordshire, England. Following A ROOM WITH A VIEW and MAURICE, HOWARDS END was the third in a series of Merchant-Ivory films based on novels by E.M. Forster. HOWARDS END was named Best Picture of 1992 by the National Board of Review.

Reviews:
"...Incisively witty, provocative and acted to perfection, this sublime entertainment is a career peak for producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala..." - 04/02/1992 Rolling Stone, p.41


"...[Merchant, Ivory and Jhabvala] triumph again....[Thompson] comes into her own...[with] the film's guiding performance..." - 03/13/1992 New York Times, p.C1


"...For everyone who's yearned for the dimly remembered satisfactions of traditional filmmaking, for movies of passion, taste and sensitivity that honestly touch every emotion, this is the one you've been waiting for..." - 04/15/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...This is the year's most literate and civilized film..." - 12/27/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.3


"...[The film] crackles with repressed energy....Acting honours go to Bonham Carter and Hopkins..." - 10/01/1999 Total Film, p.104


"[A]n achingly poignant literary adaptation....The performances remain fresh and appallingly human..." - 02/25/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.84


"[T]here's grace and surprising bursts of emotion in the telling...starting with Thompson's magnificent performance as a well-meaning middle-class matron caught between worlds." - 03/03/2010 A.V. Club


4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] film seething with anger, passion, greed and emotional violence. That the characters are generally well-behaved says less about their manners than their inhibitions." - 06/05/2005 Chicago Sun-Times

 
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