7.4/10
31,987
99 user 56 critic

A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 April 1986 (UK)
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
2,653 ( 522)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 3 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Howards End (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft
Maurice (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Joan Henley ...
...
...
Cecil Vyse (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Maria Britneva ...
...
...
Peter Cellier ...
Edit

Storyline

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans? Written by Bridget Jones

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Soba s pogledom  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,970 (USA) (9 March 1986)

Gross:

$20,966,644 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Maggie Smith and Judi Dench reunited in 1999's Tea with Mussolini. See more »

Goofs

Freddy Honeychurch's hairstyle as he plays the piano. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charlotte Bartlett: This is not at all what we were led to expect.
Lucy Honeychurch: I thought we were going to see the Arno.
Charlotte Bartlett: The signora distinctly wrote, South rooms, with a view and close together, instead of which she has given us North rooms without a view and a long way apart.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scream Queens: Handidates (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Mademoiselle Modiste
Composed by Victor Herbert
Courtesy Caedmon/Arabesque Records
Performed by The Eastman-Dryden Orchestra (as The Dryden Orchestra of the Eastman School of Music)
Conducted by Donald Hunsberger (uncredited)
(from the album "Souvenir") (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

It's aging well
20 December 2004 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed 'A Room with a View' since it arrived on the scene in 1985. I have watched it many times and the video is wearing out and I fully intend to get the DVD of it soon. I saw it again the other night and am still charmed by it, in fact, I enjoyed it more than ever. Yes, it's a costume drama under glass, but it's a very well-done example of that popular genre. Films like this are greatly appealing to people like me who yearn for a gentler society and manners, though without the uptight staidness as exemplified by Aunt Charlotte (Maggie Smith) and Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis). So this movie falls under the category of "comfort" film for me, and it is one of the very best.

Often Merchant/Ivory productions ring false ('Remains of the Day', for example), when they attempt to make a political statement; in that case regarding the under-current in Britain that led to the surprisingly popular British Union of Fascists created by Sir Oswald Mosley prior to WW2. But when James Ivory and his team stick to romance and the pretty manners of Edwardians, they are hard to beat.

Of the performers, Julian Sands seems the most "improved" in my opinion from earlier viewings. He is wonderful as the Byronic lover and has a ton of chemistry with Helena Bonham-Carter's lovely, spicey Lucy Honeychurch. Daniel Day-Lewis's Cecil Vyse seems a bit more contrived as time passes but is in the end a touching portrayal of a type of man that I despise.

There isn't weak link in the entire cast. The Puccini arias and Beethoven piano sonatas are beautiful and enhance the story. The photography is gorgeous and the other technical aspects are flawless.

This is the pinnacle of Merchant/Ivory films, I cannot imagine them producing anything better in the future, but who knows. They do seem to be in a cultural rut now, however.

The fringe film crowd will probably descry this sort of populist cinema, but I think that is narrow-minded snobbery, as boorish as Cecil Vyse and his insufferable intolerance to "the plebians."


77 of 87 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page