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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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Joseph Bennett ...
Paul Wilcox
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Adrian Ross Magenty ...
Tibby Schlegel
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Charles Wilcox
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Evie Wilcox
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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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$23,840 (USA) (28 August 2016)

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$25,967,000 (USA)
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Jemma Redgrave (Evie Wicox) played the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave (Ruth Wilcox). In real-life, she is her niece. This is the only time they have shared the screen, although Jemma appeared with her aunt Vanessa on-stage, in Chekhov's Three Sisters in 1990. The third sister was played by Vanessa's sister, and Jemma's aunt, Lynn Redgrave. See more »

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During the kiss with Paul, and during the music hall scenes, Helen is wearing a wristwatch. While wristwatches did exist at the time they were rare, and women normally wore a brooch type of timepiece. 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 »

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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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Referenced in Clapham Junction (2007) See more »

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Mock Morris
Music by Percy Grainger
Courtesy of Schott & Co., Ltd.
Performed by Martin Jones
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A Journey Everyone Should Take
23 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

The literary period piece is a difficult genre to master, requiring a difficult balancing between restraint and flowing emotion. Few films effectively achieve this as beautifully as Merchant-Ivory's astounding HOWARDS END, making it probably the best period film of the 1990's. The film juxtapositions the intellectual, emotionally unhindered Schlegel sisters against the restrained, imperious Wilcox family, and, for good measure, mixes in the differing attitudes toward class emerging early in the century. What could quite easily have been a dry study in the cultural dynamics of pre-WWI England becomes an enveloping tale, thanks in no small part to the performances by Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Vanessa Redgrave, whose Ruth Wilcox remains enigmatic after every viewing. The emotions ringing through by film's end - not to mention its astoundingly pointed social criticism - give the film its power, a power missing even from Forster's rambling, distant novel. And this story is nestled amongst some of the most beautiful art direction, music, and cinematography to ever grace the screen. The haunting journey to HOWARDS END is one few other recent films can rival.


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