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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 <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Also Known As:

Морис  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,130,592 (USA)
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King's College, in England, permitted the production to film there after much consideration. This was not over the film's subject matter, but due to the fact that many scholars consider the novel on which the screenplay is based an inferior work. See more »

Goofs

During one of the earlier scenes while Maurice and others are reading/translating with a professor/dean, Maurice is seen clearly wearing a wristwatch. While wristwatches did exist at the time they were rare, and were considered working class so would not have been worn by a gentleman. The wristwatch would not become common until the first world war, when they were given to soldiers to allow them to see the time while both hands were engaged. See more »

Quotes

Maurice Hall: Alec, did you dream you had a friend? Someone to last your whole life?
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In the Fens
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Richard Robbins
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Touching Love Story
18 October 2003 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

This film, from the E.M. Forster novel, was Merchant-Ivory's follow up to their 1986 hit "A Room with a View", and bears the typical Merchant-Ivory slow pace and splendid period detail. Essentially, its a love story about Maurice (James Wilby), who is struggling with his homosexuality. He harbours a secret crush for his university friend (played by Hugh Grant), but in this era (early 1900's), when homosexuality was a criminal offense, the pair must suppress their feelings. The story, although quite simple, is very moving, and the ending is truly beautiful. The love scenes, between Wilby and Rupert Graves (playing the beautiful, working-class Scudder)are tasteful yet stirringly erotic. The actors are afforded a literate script by Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James Ivory, and as such the performances are uniformly excellent. Wilby in particular makes his character heartbreakingly real.


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