Encounter of three social classes of the England at the beginning of the century : the victorian capitalists (the Wilcoxes) considering themselves as aristocrats, whose only god is money ; the enlightened bourgeois (the Schlegels), humanistic and philanthropist ; 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
Did You Know?
was the first actor cast for the movie. In an interview with Ivory & Merchant on the Merchant Ivory Collection DVD, Ivory says he passed a copy of the script to Anthony Hopkins via a Sound Editor for The Silence of the Lambs
(1991) that he knew, "Thereby bypassing all the agents all over the place." Anthony read the script and told Ivory he was very interested in taking the role. See more
When Miss Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) comes down the stairs and first meets Mr. Bast (when he attempts to retrieve his umbrella), Margarete calls her sister "Helena" and not "Helen". Helena is the real name of the actress portraying the sister (Helena Bonham Carter), and "Helen" is her characters name. See more
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.
Music by Percy Grainger
Courtesy of Bardic Edition
Performed by Martin Jones See more