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The Remains of the Day -- A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years post World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty has been.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 November 1993 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years post World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty has been. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 19 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
If you have a normal 21st century attention span, you won't get it See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
John Haycraft ... Auctioneer

Christopher Reeve ... Jack Lewis

Anthony Hopkins ... James Stevens

Emma Thompson ... Miss Kenton
Caroline Hunt ... Landlady

James Fox ... Lord Darlington

Peter Vaughan ... William Stevens
Paula Jacobs ... Mrs. Mortimer, the cook

Ben Chaplin ... Charlie, Head Footman

Steve Dibben ... George, Second Footman

Abigail Hopkins ... Housemaid (as Abigail Harrison)

Patrick Godfrey ... Spencer
Peter Cellier ... Sir Leonard Bax
Peter Halliday ... Canon Tufnell

Hugh Grant ... Reginald Cardinal

Terence Bayler ... Trimmer
Jeffry Wickham ... Viscount Bigge
Hugh Sweetman ... Scullery boy

Michael Lonsdale ... Dupont D'Ivry
Brigitte Kahn ... Baroness
John Savident ... Doctor Meredith
Tony Aitken ... Postmaster
Emma Lewis ... Elsa
Joanna Joseph ... Irma

Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Geoffrey Wren

Tim Pigott-Smith ... Thomas Benn
Christopher Brown ... Wren's friend

Lena Headey ... Lizzie

Paul Copley ... Harry Smith
Ian Redford ... Publican
Jo Kendall ... Publican's wife
Steven Beard ... Andrews

Pip Torrens ... Doctor Richard Carlisle
Frank Shelley ... Prime Minister
Peter Eyre ... Lord Halifax
Jestyn Phillips ... Foreign Office official
Wolf Kahler ... German ambassador
Frank Höltje ... German Embassy official
Andreas Töns ... German Embassy official
Roger McKern ... Police constable
Angela Newmarch ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miles Richardson ... Craddock (uncredited)
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Directed by
James Ivory 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Bradley .... executive producer
John Calley .... producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Mike Nichols .... producer
Donald Rosenfeld .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (photography)
 
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
Carol Hemming .... chief hair stylist
Paolo Mantini .... hair stylist
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joyce Herlihy .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Bellew .... third assistant director
Simon Moseley .... second assistant director
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)
 
Art Department
Simone Assanand .... art department assistant
Chris Browning .... stand-by props
Sveva Costa Sanservino .... art department assistant
Mark Fruin .... stand-by props
John Hedges .... construction manager
Sophia Müller .... art department assistant (as Sophia Müeller)
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
Dennis Simmonds .... dressing props
Arthur Wicks .... property master
Richard Roberts .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Chris Seddon .... drapes master (uncredited)
Mark White .... construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Aaron Anawalt .... on-set sound assistant
Brian Blamey .... foley editor
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant sound editor
Derek Holding .... dialogue editor
Dominic Lester .... assistant sound re-recordist
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recordist
David Stephenson .... sound recordist
Colin Wood .... boom operator
Russ Woolnough .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Karin Hanson .... special effects hair (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... rostrum cameraman (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Batten .... clapper loader
Damienne Caron .... camera apprentice
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Rawdon Hayne .... focus puller
Malcolm Huse .... camera grip
Rod Marley .... camera trainee (as Roderick Marley)
Roger Pearce .... camera operator: second unit
Derrick Santini .... still photographer
Les Weighell .... best boy
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Avery .... wardrobe assistant
Victoria Harwood .... wardrobe assistant
Sue Honeybourne .... wardrobe mistress
Adrian Simmons .... wardrobe assistant (as Adrian Simmonds)
 
Editorial Department
Simon Cozens .... second assistant editor
Michelle Gorchow .... associate editor
Kerry Kohler .... assistant editor
Craig Mooney .... apprentice editor
John Dowdell .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Tom Forletta .... colorist: final video (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... music coordinator
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Bill Sommerville-Large .... music recording engineer
Robert Stewart .... music arranger: orchestral arrangements
 
Transportation Department
Cengiz Asiliskender .... unit driver
Brian Baverstock .... unit driver (as Bryan Baverstock)
David Bennett .... unit driver
John Bower .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Elizabeth Aldrich .... choreographer
Bobby Blues .... production accountant (as Bob Blues)
Cyril Dickman .... technical advisor
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Lorraine Fennell .... production coordinator
David Field .... stand-in
Joe Friedman .... location scout
Peter Giblin .... runner: director
Robert Hamilton .... assistant technical advisor
Jacky Holding .... production accountant
William James .... crowd marshall
Sunil Kirparam .... production accountant
Fay Efrosini Lellios .... project creative assistant
Annie Livings .... stand-in
Kathryn Martin .... assistant to producer
Christian McWilliams .... location manager
Colin Plenty .... location assistant
 
Thanks
The Duke of Beaufort .... thanks
The Earl of Devon .... thanks
The Lord Methuen .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated PG for themes
Runtime:
134 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 SR (35 mm prints) | SDDS (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Anthony Hopkins, as a guest on the TV show "Inside the Actors Studio" (1994), said that he got tips on how to play a butler from a real-life butler, Cyril Dickman who served for 50 years at Buckingham Palace. The butler said there was nothing to being a butler, really - when you're in the room it should be even more empty.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The road markings at the junction outside the George Inn in Norton St Philip are modern; dashed double white lines were not around in the 1950s.See more »
Quotes:
Lewis:You are, all of you, amateurs. And international affairs should never be run by gentlemen amateurs. Do you have any idea of what sort of place the world is becoming all around you? The days when you could just act out of your noble instincts, are over. Europe has become the arena of realpolitik, the politics of reality. If you like: real politics. What you need is not gentlemen politicians, but real ones. You need professionals to run your affairs, or you're headed for disaster!See more »
Soundtrack:
Roll Along Prairie MoonSee more »

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40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
If you have a normal 21st century attention span, you won't get it, 18 April 2007
Author: Joe Smith from Minnesota

I am disappointed to see reviewers refer to this movie as anti-war or a story of unrequited love or Lord Darlington as a Nazi or WWII as a nuclear holocaust. I think that perhaps these comments reflect both the lack of an adequate attention span and a lack of a proper knowledge and perspective of the times. "The Remains of the Day" requires both. I found it to be an interesting movie with many facets, each of which could be used as the sole theme of a movie. It is a movie that has great acting, is beautifully filmed in and around one of England's great mansions, and tells a fascinating and complex story as well.

It is true that the movie is about, in part, what many in the audience would believe is a romance that never has a chance because of Mr. Stevens' devotion to and pride in the occupation he has chosen. It is important to recognize that it is the job of his choosing, not one that has been forced upon him. It is tempting to write the job off as no more than servant of the wealthy, but it is actually the equivalent of presidency of a small company. Stevens is in charge of seeing that the large staff serving Darlington gets all of the many jobs in the household done - to perfection - every day of the week. I doubt that the White House has standards that approach those of Lord Darlington. So, each viewer can decide for himself or herself whether there could have ever been a woman in Stevens' life to whom he could give husband-like devotion.

Darlington is not a Nazi sympathizer. He is a man who exhibits the ideals of 20th century Britain: honor, fairness, and full devotion to what is right. He believes, most would say correctly, that the Treaty of Versailles was unduly harsh in its treatment of post-WWI Germany. Unfortunately, he fails to recognize, as many Americans do now, that unfairness in the past cannot be rectified by stupid policies in the present. So, by seeking what he considers fairness for Germany in the 1930's, when Hitler's evil and expansionist aims should have been clearly evident, he and others set the stage for a world-wide conflict that cost 60 million lives, of which the lives lost in Hiroshima and Nagasaki constitute less than one-half of one percent.

One of my tests of a movie is how far into it I start looking at my watch. In this case I began looking at my watch not to see how much more I had to sit through: rather, I was hoping to assure myself that there was enough movie left to provide a satisfactory ending. There was: however, I could have enjoyed much more of the talent and story I was seeing.

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