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Howards End (1992)

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

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Cast

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Joseph Bennett ...
Paul Wilcox
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Adrian Ross Magenty ...
Tibby Schlegel
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Annie
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Charles Wilcox
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Evie Wilcox
Ian Latimer ...
Station Master
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Mary Nash ...
Pianist
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Man Asking a Question
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Encounter of three social classes of England at the beginning of the 20th century : the Victorian capitalists (the Wilcoxes) considering themselves as aristocrats, whose only god is money ; the enlightened bourgeois (the Schlegels), humanistic and philanthropic ; and the workers (the Basts), fighting to survive. The Schlegel sisters' humanism will be torn apart as they try both to softly knock down the Wilcox's prejudices and to help the Basts. Written by Yepok

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Rated PG for mild language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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26 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,568, 13 March 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,967,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was the first Merchant-Ivory film and only the second film (A Room with a View (1985) coming afterward) to be released on blu-ray by the Criterion Collection after releasing their films on DVD. A legal spat between the two companies caused them to pull their catalog titles from Criterion leaving Howards End to go out of print, Cohen Media now owns the rights to the catalog. See more »

Goofs

In the last "farewell" scene, after Helen took her baby in hear arms she wanted to hold the farmer's boy's hand but instead the boy, I believe mistakenly, chose to wave the Wilcox family members who were leaving the Howards End. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Margaret Schlegel: [reading letter] Dearest Meg, I'm having a glorious time. I like them all. They are the very happiest, jolliest family that you can imagine. The fun of it is that they think me a noodle, and say so - at least, Mr. Wilcox does. Oh Meg, should we ever learn to talk less.
[laughing]
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Spoofed in The Critic: I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

La Danse
(1906)
Music by André Derain
© 1992 Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP
Courtesy of the Fridard Foundation
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The Best Film Ever Made
10 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Howard's End is not an easy movie to sit through if you do not typically watch period films. The language and euphemisms are very old fashioned (1910). But if you really sit back and watch the story unfold you will become engrossed. The crafting of the story by Merchant Ivory is impeccable. They tell the story so visually that you may not notice how physically alike Margaret Schlegel is to Ruth Wilcox in carriage and deportment, but the light-bulb goes off when the housekeeper of Howard's End mistakes Margaret for Ruth. The story itself is so quiet and brilliant that you don't realize something so very profound has happened until the credits roll. Every performance is amazing, but Emma Thompson (she won the Best Actress Oscar) and Vanessa Redgrave stand out. Their scenes together are so full of nuances that it's hard to take it all in during a first viewing.


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