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(1992)

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After playing Emma Thompson's sister in this film, Helena Bonham Carter went on to play the love interest of Thompson's husband, Kenneth Branagh, in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994). It is rumored that Carter was one of the main reasons for the subsequent Branagh and Thompson divorce. The next woman to play Thompson's sister on film (Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility (1995)) also followed that role by playing Branagh's love interest in Hamlet (1996).
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.
The country house used as the location for Howard's End, is over twice as large as seen from the front and partial side views used in the film. It is H-shaped, with a large back portion that the family that owned it, moved into during filming, while the front portion was emptied and refinished. (The landscaping was also redone, with flowers and plants more true to the story's period.) The house is owned by friends of Production Designer Luciana Arrighi, and it occurred to her it would make a good stand-in for Howard's End, while she was a house guest there.
Samuel West (Leonard Bast) is the real-life son of Prunella Scales (Aunt Juley).
Emma Thompson received a total of thirteen nominations for her role in this movie. She won in all of those events, which includes an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Bafta as Best Actress.
Ismail Merchant had to pay two hundred fifty thousand dollars (for the rights to the novel) to the trustees of Forster's estate, King's College, Cambridge, England. Merchant considered this an exorbitant sum, but he had to match a Hollywood offer that the college was also considering at the time.
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The first film to be released by Sony Pictures Classics.
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Natasha Richardson turned down the role of Margaret Schlegel.
Sir Anthony Hopkins 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 Sir 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.
One of the locations used, was The Baltic Exchange, St. Mary Axe, London, England. Soon after filming, it was bombed by the I.R.A.
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The film was part of a mid 1980s to early 1990s cycle of mostly theatrical film adaptations of works by E.M. Forster. The films were: A Passage to India (1984), A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991), and Howards End (1992).
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Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise, as Professor Sybil Trelawney and Bellatrix Lestrange, respectively.
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One of four theatrical movie collaborations of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Merchant Ivory Productions. The others being The Remains of the Day (1993), Surviving Picasso (1996), and The City of Your Final Destination (2009).
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Miranda Richardson was offered the part of Margaret Schlegel.
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Tilda Swinton, Phoebe Nicholls, and Joely Richardson were also considered for the part of Margaret Schlegel.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Vanessa Redgrave; and one Oscar nominee: Helena Bonham Carter.
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Crispin Bonham-Carter (Albert Fussell) is the third cousin of Helena Bonham Carter (Helen Schlegel).
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One of two theatrical movies from Merchant Ivory Productions, which featured Emma Thompson and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The other being The Remains of the Day (1993).
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Helena Bonham Carter's third appearance in an E.M. Forster adaptation and a Merchant-Ivory film production after appearing in A Room with a View (1985) and Maurice (1987).
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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.
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Despite being given top billing among the cast, Vanessa Redgrave's character Ruth Wilcox dies of natural causes and is no longer in the film after the 42 minute mark.
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