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Howards End -- A new 4K restoration of one of Merchant Ivory's undisputed masterpieces, this adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic 1910 novel is a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England. Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class man (Samuel West) and his mistress Niccola Duffet). The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters' lives are connected to the ownership of Howards End, a beloved country home. A compelling, brilliantly acted study of one woman's struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society's moribund conformist values.
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Writers:
E.M. Forster (novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 February 1993 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 32 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of my all time favorite movies. See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Ruth Wilcox

Helena Bonham Carter ... Helen Schlegel

Joseph Bennett ... Paul Wilcox

Emma Thompson ... Margaret Schlegel

Prunella Scales ... Aunt Juley
Adrian Ross Magenty ... Tibby Schlegel
Jo Kendall ... Annie

Anthony Hopkins ... Henry J. Wilcox

James Wilby ... Charles Wilcox

Jemma Redgrave ... Evie Wilcox
Ian Latimer ... Stationmaster

Samuel West ... Leonard Bast
Mary Nash ... Pianist
Siegbert Prawer ... Man Asking a Question

Susie Lindeman ... Dolly Wilcox

Nicola Duffett ... Jacky Bast

Mark Tandy ... Luncheon Guest
Andrew St. Clair ... Luncheon Guest

Anne Lambton ... Luncheon Guest
Emma Godfrey ... Luncheon Guest
Duncan Brown ... Luncheon Guest
Iain Kelly ... Luncheon Guest
Atalanta White ... Maid at Howards End
Gerald Paris ... Porphyrion Supervisor
Allie Byrne ... Blue-Stocking
Sally Geoghegan ... Blue-Stocking
Paula Stockbridge ... Blue-Stocking
Bridget Duvall ... Blue-Stocking
Lucy Freeman ... Blue-Stocking
Harriet Stewart ... Blue-Stocking
Tina Leslie ... Blue-Stocking
Mark Payton ... Percy Cahill
David Delaney ... Simpson's Carver
Mary McWilliams ... Wilcox Baby
Barbara Hicks ... Miss Avery
Rodney Rymell ... Chauffeur
Luke Parry ... Tom, Farmer's Boy
Antony Gilding ... Bank Supervisor
Peter Cellier ... Colonel Fussell

Crispin Bonham-Carter ... Albert Fussell (as Crispin Bonham Carter)
Patricia Lawrence ... Wedding Guest
Margery Mason ... Wedding Guest
Jim Bowden ... Martlett
Alan James ... Porphyrion Chief Clerk
Jocelyn Cobb ... Telegraph Operator
Peter Darling ... Doctor
Terence Sach ... Deliveryman
Brian Lipson ... Police Inspector
Barr Heckstall-Smith ... Helen's Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Simon Callow ... Music and Meaning Lecturer (uncredited)
Claire Driver ... Soup Seller (uncredited)

Robin Johnson ... Piano Music Lecture Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ivory 
 
Writing credits
E.M. Forster (novel)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Bradley .... executive producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Donald Rosenfeld .... associate producer
Ann Wingate .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
 
Production Design by
Luciana Arrighi 
 
Art Direction by
John Ralph 
 
Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker 
 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
John Bright 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... chief makeup artist
Sian Grigg .... hair trainee
Sian Grigg .... makeup trainee
Carol Hemming .... chief hair stylist
Sallie Jaye .... assistant makeup artist (as Sally Jaye)
Paolo Mantini .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
John Downes .... production manager
Caroline Hill .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Moseley .... second assistant director
Christopher Newman .... assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Carl Oprey .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
John Hedges .... construction manager
Michael Hedges .... chargehand carpenter
Robin Heinson .... chargehand painter
Charles Ixer .... dressing props (as Charlie Ixer)
Gary Ixer .... stand-by props
Richard Jones .... art department stand-by
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
William Richards .... art department stand-by (as Bill Richards)
Philip Robinson .... art department assistant
Len Serpant .... art department stand-by
Jeff Sullivan .... art department stand-by
Peter Wallis .... dressing props
Mark White .... construction
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Simon Wilkinson .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... supervising sound editor
Dominic Lester .... re-recording mixer
Bettina McCall .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Morris .... boom operator (as Andy Morris)
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... re-recording mixer
Mike Shoring .... sound recordist
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Kent Houston .... optical effects (uncredited)
Tim Ollive .... optical titles (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stuart St. Paul .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Batten .... clapper loader
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Rawdon Hayne .... focus puller
Malcolm Huse .... grip
Rod Marley .... camera trainee (as Roderick Marley)
Bill Pochetty .... best boy (as Billy Pochetty)
Derrick Santini .... still photographer
Steve Kitchen .... electrician (uncredited)
John Ward .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Avery .... wardrobe assistant
Stephen Cornish .... wardrobe supervisor
Sue Honeybourne .... wardrobe supervisor
Adrian Simmons .... wardrobe assistant (as Adrian Simmonds)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Dawson .... second assistant editor
Tom Freeman .... assistant editor
Michelle Gorchow .... associate editor
James Marsh .... associate editor
 
Location Management
Jeanne Ferber .... location manager
Joe Friedman .... location scout
Mike Higgins .... location manager
Christian McWilliams .... location assistant
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... music coordinator
English Chamber Orchestra .... music performed by (as The English Chamber Orchestra)
Keith Grant .... music recordist
Martin Jones .... musician: piano solo
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Robert Stewart .... music associate
Rachel Bolt .... viola (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Lind .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Jean Bourne .... continuity
James Butler .... production assistant
Jo Chate .... production runner
Oliver Harrison .... title designer
Flora Herbert .... production assistant
Ben Howarth .... production assistant (as Benjamin Howarth)
Sunil Kirparam .... production accountant
Fay Efrosini Lellios .... production assistant
Kathryn Martin .... assistant to producer
Nick O'Hagan .... production coordinator
Frances Richardson .... assistant accountant
Don Rogers .... production assistant
Emily Shapland .... production assistant
Michael Yell .... production accountant (as Mike Yell)
 
Thanks
Caroline Shapland .... thanks
Roger Shapland .... thanks
Guinevere Tilney .... thanks (as Dame Guinevere Tilney)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language, violence and sensuality
Runtime:
140 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Trivia:
After playing Emma Thompson sister in this film, Helena Bonham Carter went on to play the love interest of Thompson's husband, Kenneth Branagh, in Frankenstein. It is rumored that Carter was one of the main reasons for the subsequent Branagh/Thompson divorce. The next woman to play Thompson's sister on film (Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility) also followed that role by playing Branagh's love interest (in Hamlet).See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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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Soundtrack:
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40 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
One of my all time favorite movies., 7 September 2000
Author: kdufre00 from Boston, MA

"Howards End" is certainly one of the best films of the last decade. I have seen this film several times over the past 7 years and each time I find myself in complete awe. I love how its intricate story gradually unfolds layer by layer, involving us more and more with the characters. "Howards End" also boasts breath-taking cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts and a rousing and rueful musical score by Richard Robbins.

The ensemble cast is perhaps the best reason to see this film. Emma Thompson won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance, and deservedly so! This is her best performance and her best film, in my opinion. I loved watching the character development in her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel, as she transforms from an open-minded intellectual to a class-conscious social climber. What's remarkable is that we still feel for her greatly as she is going through this transition. She still remains a sympathetic character up until the very end when she slowly comes back to her senses.

Anthony Hopkins also gives one of his best performances as the cold and hypocritical Henry Wilcox. So many scenes shed different lights onto his character. The scene where he proposes to Margaret stands out in particular. There is plenty of erotic tension, but at the same time it almost feels like he is making some sort of impersonal business venture with her.

Vanessa Redgrave is a presence to behold as the fragile Ruth Wilcox. Her performance may be brief, but it leaves an indelible mark, particularly in later scenes when Margaret visits Howards End. Helena Bonham Carter should have gotten an Oscar nomination for her performance. She really has great depth and passion that is well-suited to her character. The rest of the supporting cast is superb. Even the minor characters like Nicola Duffet's Jackie Bast and Jemma Redgrave's stony-faced Evie Wilcox are noteworthy.

"Howards End" is one of the richest, most nuanced films I have seen. It is beautifully shot, well-acted, and exquisitely directed. It deserves to be considered a classic.

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