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.



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Two male English school chums find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. To regain his place in society, Clive gives up his forbidden love, Maurice (pronounced "Morris") and marries. While staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice finally discovers romance in the arms of Alec, the gamekeeper. Written from personal pain, it's E.M. Forster's story of coming to terms with sexuality in the Edwardian age. Written by Susan Southall <>

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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Морис  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)


$3,130,592 (USA)

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Just before filming the nude bed scene in the hotel, the bed that Rupert Graves and James Wilby were in collapsed. See more »


In the first scene Mr. Ducie's Latin is incorrect. "Membrum virilis" should be "membrum virile," a Latin neuter. See more »


Lasker-Jones: You should not resist me. You're resisting me.
Maurice Hall: Damnit, I'm not!
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The Goldberg Variations
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The real life story behind E.M. Forster's book
19 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Many viewers and critics have criticised the happy ending of this film as being 'unrealistic' or even 'impossible'. After all an upper class and working class man could never live as a couple in Edwardian England? In fact E.M. Forster's inspiration for writing the book Maurice was a real gay couple, one upper class and the other working class, who lived together openly in England for about 35 years until 1928. They are buried in the same grave.

Edward Carpenter was a close friend of E.M.Forster, who named Carpenter's working class gay partner, George Merrill, as the inspiration for his novel Maurice. He had visited Carpenter and Merrill at Millthorpe in Derbyshire on several occasions: once, in 1913, Merrill "touched my backside - gently and just above the buttocks. I believe he touched most people's. The sensation was unusual and I still remember it, as I remember the position of a long vanished tooth. He made a profound impression on me and touched a creative spring" That was the origin for the writing of Maurice.

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