IMDb > A Room with a View (1985)
A Room with a View
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

A Room with a View (1985) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
7.4/10   27,830 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
E.M. Forster (novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
View company contact information for A Room with a View on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
11 April 1986 (UK) See more »
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... See more » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 21 nominations See more »
(162 articles)
‘Hollywood Banker’ DVD Review
 (From Blogomatic3000. 21 November 2015, 6:18 AM, PST)

Pathe reveals Afm sales of 'Viceroy’s House'
 (From ScreenDaily. 16 November 2015, 6:48 AM, PST)

October. It's a Wrap!
 (From FilmExperience. 31 October 2015, 2:22 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Vivid comedy of manners See more (92 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maggie Smith ... Charlotte Bartlett, a chaperon

Helena Bonham Carter ... Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bartlett's cousin and charge (as Helena Bonham-Carter)

Denholm Elliott ... Mr. Emerson, an English tourist

Julian Sands ... George Emerson

Simon Callow ... The Reverend Mr Beebe

Patrick Godfrey ... The Reverend Mr. Eager, Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Florence

Judi Dench ... Eleanor Lavish, a novelist
Fabia Drake ... Miss Catharine Alan
Joan Henley ... Miss Teresa Alan

Amanda Walker ... The Cockney Signora

Daniel Day-Lewis ... Cecil Vyse (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Maria Britneva ... Mrs. Vyse, Cecil's mother
Rosemary Leach ... Mrs. Honeychurch

Rupert Graves ... Freddy Honeychurch
Peter Cellier ... Sir Harry Otway, a landlord
Mia Fothergill ... Minnie Beebe
Kitty Aldridge ... New Lucy
Brigid Erin Bates ... Maid at Windy Corner
Isabella Celani ... Persephone
Luigi Di Fiore ... Murdered Youth (as Luigi di Fiori)
Matyelok Gibbs ... New Charlotte (as Matyelock Gibbs)
Mirio Guidelli ... Santa Croce Guide
Freddy Korner ... Mr. Floyd
Patricia Lawrence ... Mrs. Butterworth (as Patty Lawrence)
Elizabeth Marangoni ... Miss Pole
Peter Munt ... Coachman
Luca Rossi ... Phaeton (as Lucca Rossi)
Stefano Serboli ... Fighting Youth
Phillida Sewell ... Lady at Sir Harry's Garden Party
Margaret Ward ... Lady at Sir Harry's Garden Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Royston Munt ... Footman (uncredited)
Richard Robbins ... Party Guest (uncredited)

James Wilby ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
E.M. Forster (novel)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Bradley .... associate producer
Peter Marangoni .... associate producer: Italy
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (photography)
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Brian Ackland-Snow 
Gianni Quaranta 
Art Direction by
Elio Altramura 
Brian Savegar 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
John Bright 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... makeup artist
Sally Harrison .... assistant makeup artist
Carol Hemming .... hairdresser
Paolo Mantini .... assistant hairdresser
Production Management
Lanfranco Diotallevi .... production manager
Ann Wingate .... production manager
Carlo U. Quinterio .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevan Barker .... assistant director
Simon Moseley .... second assistant director
Daniel Sonnis .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Chapple .... painter
Bob Coleman .... carpenter
Bob Cross .... construction manager
James Ede .... painter
Mick Flanders .... set dresser
Dennis Fruin .... property master
Mark Fruin .... stand-by propman
Roberto Galante .... assistant art director
Roy Hansford .... carpenter
James Loftus .... stagehand
Goffredo Massetti .... property master
Kieron Mcnamara .... stand-by prop man
Ulderico Nanni .... carpenter
Anita Overland .... assistant art director
Franco Pizzonia .... construction manager
Floriano Porzionato .... set dresser
Stefano Secchi .... assistant art director
Len Serpant .... stagehand
Dennis Simmonds .... set dresser
Malachi Smyth .... assistant art director
Antonio Vandilli .... painter
Umberto Vandilli .... painter
Jeanne Vertigan .... property buyer
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... assistant sound editor (as Phillip Alton)
Ray Beckett .... sound
Peter Compton .... sound editor
Tom Freeman .... assistant sound editor
Nick Hammond .... boom operator
Alan Killick .... sound editor
Richard King .... sound re-recordist
Tony Lenny .... sound editor
Anna Shepherd .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bisioli .... gaffer
Harry Bisson .... electrician
Lou Bogue .... gaffer
Stephen Dembitzer .... camera assistant (as Steve Dembitzer)
Jonathan Earp .... clapper loader
Massimo Fantauzzi .... rigger
Adriano Gangi .... assistant cameraman: second unit
Katya Grenfell .... still photographer
Dennis Harrison .... rigger
Graham Hazard .... follow focus
Malcolm Huse .... grip
Aldo Laureti .... electrician
Sergio Melaranci .... cameraman: second unit
Glen Parsons .... best boy
Sarah Quill .... still photographer
Alvaro Romagnoli .... best boy
Marco Romagnoli .... electrician
Steve Senior .... electrician
Sergio Serantoni .... grip
Philip Sindall .... camera assistant (as Phillip Sindall)
Angelo Tiberti .... grip
Dennis Morgan .... daily clapper loader (uncredited)
Massimo Zeri .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... costume supervisor
William Pierce .... costume coordinator
Elena Puliti .... assistant costume supervisor
Sally Turner .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Kevin Brooks .... assistant picture editor
Joanna Jimenez .... assistant picture editor
Paul Keye Jr. .... assistant picture editor
Music Department
Barrie Guard .... conductor
Barrie Guard .... orchestrator
Simon Heyworth .... music producer
Brian Masterson .... music recordist
Francis Shaw .... conductor
Francis Shaw .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Carlo U. Quinterio .... transport (as Carlo Quinterio)
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title design
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... production secretary
Andrew Bergen .... production assistant
Folco Cianfanelli .... title backgrounds
Dino Colizzi .... re-voicing: Italian
Jane Delandro .... production assistant
Renée Glynne .... continuity (as Renée Glynn)
Jilly Gutteridge .... location manager: England
Nayeem Hafizka .... production assistant
Caroline Hill .... production coordinator
Alan John .... production accountant
Sunil Kirparam .... production accountant
Linsey Lee .... special assistant to director
Carlo Mantegazza .... production assistant
Daniele Nepi .... production assistant
Pippo Pisciotto .... assistant to director
Zakiya Powell .... publicist
Luigi Riitano .... production accountant
Paul Scacchi .... production assistant
Lisa W. Strout .... production secretary (as Lisa Strout)
Elizabeth Swisher .... production assistant
Frans J. Afman .... financial services (uncredited)
Sarah Lucraft .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Daniele Nepi .... location manager (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... unit projectionist: Mercury Theatres, London (uncredited)
Donna Rezia Miari-Corsini .... the makers of this film would like to thank
John Pym .... the makers of this film would like to thank
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

During the process leading up to placing trade ads for the Oscar nominations, Daniel Day-Lewis made it known he was not interested in campaigning for an Oscar nomination. As a result the production company concentrated on promoting Denholm Elliott in the supporting actor category. Elliott was enthusiastic in participating in the process and eventually won an Oscar nomination.See more »
Anachronisms: The psalm chant sung by the choir was written after the purported date of the film.See more »
[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 »
Movie Connections:
Mademoiselle ModisteSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Vivid comedy of manners, 2 June 2007
Author: marissas75 from United States

"A Room with a View" is one of the best-known Merchant-Ivory films, the one that made their reputation for tastefully adapting Edwardian novels. Working from E. M. Forster's charming story, Merchant and Ivory add gorgeous Tuscan cinematography, lush opera music, and a cast of talented British actors. Even a skinny-dipping scene is done with enough class that the movie got away with a PG rating (though that probably wouldn't happen nowadays!). In short, Merchant-Ivory makes it look easy—and this ease has led to charges of their films being dull and middlebrow, as well as to many imitators.

But this stereotype of "a Merchant-Ivory film" fails to mention just how vivid and hilarious "A Room with a View" actually is. With scene-stealing actors like Maggie Smith as a prim, passive-aggressive chaperone and Daniel Day-Lewis as a self-centered young man whose every gesture tells of his fastidious rigidity, a rich vein of humor runs through the film. The movie also delights in putting its heroine Lucy (a baby-faced Helena Bonham Carter) in situations that prove awkward, funny, and ultimately invigorating for a well-bred young lady of 1905. Lucy finds herself in a love triangle, with society telling her to choose Cecil (Day- Lewis) but a deeper force pulling her toward the unconventional, moody George Emerson (Julian Sands).

A comedy of manners, "A Room with a View" is sometimes guilty of seeing its characters as types, rather than people. Even Lucy is not much more than "the young girl transfigured by Italy" that Miss Lavish (Judi Dench), a writer of cheap novels, labels her as. Still, it's easy to get caught up in the romance of this delightful movie. After seeing it, you'll want to go out and defend Truth and Love from all those who would deny them. Or at least to start saving up for a trip to Italy.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (92 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for A Room with a View (1985)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The Brits view of the Italians KatrinaW
'Poor' Charlotte Paying the Taxi KatrinaW
Why are people so offended by the nudity? wide_eyed15
Helena Bonham Carter totally checks out... jon-832
Best movie of the 1980s wildaboutmovies
Top romantic kisses dlade-1
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Maurice Random Harvest The Notebook The Governess Munich
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.