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The Bostonians (1984)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  September 1984 (UK)
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A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future.

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Cast

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Madeleine Potter ...
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Mrs. Burrage
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Dr. Tarrant
Barbara Bryne ...
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Dr. Prance
Charles McCaughan ...
Music Hall Policeman
Nancy New ...
Adeline
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Henry Burrage (as John Van Ness Philip)
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Mr. Pardon
Peter Bogyo ...
Mr. Gracie
Martha Farrar ...
Mrs, Farrinder
Dusty Maxwell ...
Newton Tarrant
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19th-century Boston woman dedicated to the suffrage movement, meets a faith healer's daughter, a Mississippi lawyer also has eyes for the young woman. Written by Joyce Kavitsky <Kavitsky@erols.com>

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A BEAUTIFUL FILM . . . An intimate and exquisite probe of the feminist heart. [Australia Theatrical]

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Drama | Romance

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September 1984 (UK)  »

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Trivia

During filming, actress Madeleine Potter noticed that one of her costumes had the name "Nastassja Kinski" sewn into it. As it turned out, the dress had originally been made to be used in the movie Tess (1979). See more »

Goofs

After a title card has advised us we are in New York City in l876, Olive Chancellor writes a check for Mr. Tarrant, dated Septmber 13, 1875. See more »

Quotes

Olive Chancellor: Don't you believe in the coming of a better day that it's possible to do something for the human race?
Basil Ransome: Hmm, well... what strikes me most, Ms. Olive, it's that human race's got to bear its troubles.
Olive Chancellor: But that's what men says to keep women in the position they have made for her.
Basil Ransome: The position of women is nothing but to make food and meals.
Olive Chancellor: Don't you believe in our emancipation?
Basil Ransome: I'll tell you after the meeting.
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Merchant/Ivory offering falls flat
30 October 2007 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

Well meant production from the magical Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala team. This one was made before they hit their stride, however. The first mistake was casting Christopher Reeve in the lead. He always looks like he's acting, there's nothing natural about it. His performance here is in par with cheap 70's pornography acting. He is supposedly classically trained as an actor, but I guess anyone who pays for and attends acting classes can say the same. Some have it and some don't, he doesn't. The costumes, art direction and sets are all lavish and appealing. The dialog is far too updated to make one believe that it's taking place in another century, it's almost like a high school production in that aspect. Redgrave and Marchand both give good performances, nothing remarkable at all, but acceptable. The rest of the cast is a mish-mash of mostly b-listers. Scriptwriter Jhabvala has proved herself time and again to be quite the artist, but the script here is flat. Perhaps the book it was based on is this dull and unconvincing. I was left simply unaffected by any message they were trying to convey about the period. I'm a fanatic when it comes to Merchant/Ivory pictures, but this one just didn't cut it. It seems they were more in their element with their amazing and opulent European productions. The quality of their American films seems to be quite cheap in production in comparison. I'm simply left wondering what a masterpiece this could have been had it been set in and filmed in England. If you're an Ivory/Merchant fan, stick with their better titles "A Room With A View" & "Sense And Sensibility", they both surpass this effort by leagues.


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