IMDb > The Europeans (1979)
The Europeans
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Europeans (1979) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 12 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.3/10   600 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Henry James (novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
View company contact information for The Europeans on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
8 October 1979 (USA) See more »
It's the mid-nineteenth century. Adult siblings Felix Young and Eugenia Munster were born and raised... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
underrated film See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Remick ... Eugenia Young
Robin Ellis ... Robert Acton

Wesley Addy ... Mr. Wentworth
Tim Choate ... Clifford

Lisa Eichhorn ... Gertrude

Kristin Griffith ... Lizzie Acton
Nancy New ... Charlotte
Norman Snow ... Mr. Brand
Helen Stenborg ... Mrs. Acton

Tim Woodward ... Felix Young
Gedda Petry ... Augustine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Ivory ... (uncredited)
Richard Robbins ... Musician (uncredited)
Donald Warnock ... The Dandy at the Ball (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
Henry James (novel)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

Produced by
Connie Kaiserman .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Larry Pizer 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
Casting by
Judy Abbott 
Art Direction by
Jeremiah Rusconi 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
Makeup Department
Marianne Grigg .... makeup artist
Jeanne Richmond .... makeup artist
Martin Samuel .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joyce Herlihy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christine Fox .... second assistant director
James Maniolas .... assistant director (as Jim Maniolas)
Art Department
Don Carpentier .... property master
Jeremy Mitford .... property master
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound
Brian Blamey .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... sound re-recording engineer
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator (as Ken Nightengall)
Doug E. Turner .... sound re-recording engineer (as Doug Turner)
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Cormack .... still photographer
Ken Ferris .... focus puller
Constantine Makris .... grip
Christopher Misiano .... grip
Donald Newman .... gaffer (as Don Newman)
Brian Rose .... clapper loader
Eugene D. Shlugleit .... electrician (as Eugene Shlugleit)
Jim Walsh .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Beavan .... costume assistant
Keith Morton .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Mark Potter .... assistant editor (as Mark Potter Jr.)
Music Department
Vic Flick .... conductor
Vic Flick .... music arranger
Other crew
Elizabeth Aldrich .... choreographer
Steve Bach .... production assistant
Trevor Bond .... title art
Jane Buck .... continuity
Walter Bursiel .... production assistant
Anthony Chase .... production assistant
Ellen Dinerstein .... production assistant
Michael Fields .... production assistant
Charles Garth .... choreographer
Graham Henderson .... production accountant
Peter Kean .... location unit manager
Mark Potter Sr. .... title art
John Rusconi .... production assistant
Karen Shashoua .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

"The Europeans", of both the film and source Henry James novel's titles, are Americans who grew up in Europe in the mid-19th century and then went to live in the USA.See more »
French QuadrillesSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
underrated film, 20 May 2010
Author: fugazzi49 from United States

While not on the level of Howard's End and other Merchant/Ivory films at their later peak, this film is where they truly took off in presenting period films. the look and details are excellent as has been commented on here. The cinematography is particularly wonderful in capturing a beautiful New England autumn, especially the sunlit buggy-ride with Robert Acton and the baroness. What is serendipitous is that the company wanted to film in May and June, when the book is set but filmed in Fall because that's when they got the money. The autumn here is practically a character in itself, and were the film set in a very green June, would look less like New England and might have been anywhere, and the constant reminder of the puritanical background of old New England would have been lost.

The casting is also very good. I take issue with some earlier views in that I find Lee Remick excellent as the Baroness. Faye Dunaway would haveseemed too aristocratic, and Jane Fonda still a bit too young, at leastin looks. Lee Remick is a bit too good looking to be the Baroness of thebook who is a plain looking woman who carries herself as if she is abeauty. Wesley Addy is a perfect Patriarch and Felix was played with much youthful gusto by Tim Woodward, who also looked perfect for the part.

It is not always considered fair or useful to compare aspects of a literary adaptation And its source book but in this case it's so literal that it is valid to an extent. Two major differences do stand out and add to the overall film.

The role of Clifford ,the young son is expanded and brought more forward in the film, especially his comic visits to the Baroness. Tim Choate did a wonderful job of creating his awkward, smiling,humorous young Yankee who in the novel seldom gives more than "a growl" to any question.

The addition of the big party scene at the Acton house(there is none in the book) was a wonderful inspiration. A period piece like this needs a scene to really show off how everyone would look at their best and the attention to detail of dance and music was obviously great. As the Baroness says, "They're quite exuberant"

The problem many people may have with the film is that the characters' motives and desires may seem a bit unclear, this despite almost all the dialog being taken directly from the novel. But this is not one of those later Henry James novels where three pages of exposition of thought and motive precedes each spoken sentence but rather a short and simple book which is faithfully recreated here on film.

The Baroness finds what she is looking for (money) but feels not enough passion from the man ("I am admired in Europe")and not enough to enjoy in the staid community ("She has grown tired of us" She leaves but most everyone else finds exactly what they were looking for.A fine film.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (7 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Europeans (1979)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
A very good movie brand78
Happy ending Jimmycat
Jimmy Carter Viewed on 01/18/80 gonesince5
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Madame Bovary Cousin Bette My Father's Glory Nicholas Nickleby The Other Boleyn Girl
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.