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The Remains of the Day -- Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson star in this moving story of a butler's steely devotion to his master and the high-spirited young woman who threatens to crack his reserve.
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 leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 20 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Touching, tragic tale of one man's duty See more (157 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:
Keith Gale ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Miles Richardson ... Craddock (uncredited)

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
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
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)
 
Location Management
Joe Friedman .... location scout
Christian McWilliams .... location manager
Colin Plenty .... location assistant
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... music coordinator
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Bill Sommerville-Large .... music recording engineer
Robert Stewart .... music arranger: orchestral arrangements
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
 
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
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
 
Thanks
The Duke of Beaufort .... thanks
The Earl of Devon .... thanks
The Lord Methuen .... thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for themes
Runtime:
134 min
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Language:
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:
John Cleese was offered the role of butler James Stevens and loved Kazuo Ishiguro's novel. However, he said he withdrew after Harold Pinter (who wrote the original screenplay) took the humor out and made it - in Cleese's words - "relentlessly down". At one point, Anjelica Huston was being courted for the part of the housekeeper. Jeremy Irons had also been considered for a part in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (or possibly just character error) At the very beginning Miss Kenton mentions a conference "back in 1936". At the very end of the film, Lewis asks, "Isn't this the same room where we all attended that banquet back in 1935?"See more »
Quotes:
James Stevens:If two members of staff have to fall in love and decide to get married, there's nothing one can say. But what I do find a major irritation are those persons who are simply going from post to post looking for romance.See more »
Soundtrack:
Sei mir gegrüsstSee more »

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49 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Touching, tragic tale of one man's duty, 4 February 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Ishiguro's story of duty finds career butler Mr Stevens preparing to meet Miss Kenton, once the head maid in his household. They have not seen each other for 15 years and once had an unspoken love. As he journeys down to meet her he remembers a lifetime spent in quiet, honourable service.

I don't like period pieces. Merchant-Ivory stuff usually feels very false and stifled to me. Here I didn't know what to expect but I was blown away from start to finish. To say the story is about a romance isn't the whole picture, to say it's about British-German politics pre-WW2 is not the full story. In fact the film is about it all - but the focus is Mr Stevens. He serves dinner while his father dies in an upstairs room, he puts his own opinions so far back that he doesn't have any, he is so focused on the proper way to serve that he never finds his own life. To describe in like this makes it sound very dull, and to some people it may be, but trust me - the story is beautifully observed and has so much going on in the background that it'll keep you interested. The main reason it works is a faultless central performance by Hopkins.

Hopkins drives the whole film. His face and his speech reveal more about his inner feelings than anything else. It can be frustrating to see him always put on a brave face and bury his emotions, but once you get his character (a man of quiet honour, dignity and respect - any wonder he seems otherworldly by modern standards) it's fine. He is fantastic - I cannot say it enough. His lot in life is moving, but what is incredibly moving is that he seems content to let his life slide by. The scene where Thompson's Miss Kenton confronts him about the book he is quietly reading is beautiful, truly beautiful - revealing their closeness and the depth of Stevens' heart. Thompson is also excellent in her role but doesn't have as much screen time as Hopkins. Fox, Reeves and Chaplin are all excellent in their roles.

If the film has a weakness it is that it doesn't judge the rich - even the Nazi sympathisers. It almost seems to revere the elite - I know they are not the focus but Merchant-Ivory always seems to be obsessed with how the other half live (or maybe they are part of the other half!). The ending is also a little disappointing because it's quite low-key, but it's very, very touching.

Overall this is excellent - I didn't think it would be that good, but it totally blew me away. Sit down and let this story unfold before you, let the characters develop and ensnare you. I guarantee you will be deeply moved by Hopkins. The rather crude message of `seize the day' is beautifully told in a rich tapestry of one man's life.

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