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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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Writers (WGA):
Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 November 1993 (USA) See more »
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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Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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An excellent adaptation See more (152 total) »


  (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)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
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)
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
The Duke of Beaufort .... thanks
The Earl of Devon .... thanks
The Lord Methuen .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for themes
134 min
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?

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 »
Anachronisms: At the beginning of the film, during Mr. Stevens voiceover, he recalls the day Miss Kenton arrived. It was, he says, the day of the Charlgrove Meet, which is a fox hunt. We see the hunt riding through the estate, the trees of which are covered in green leaves, making it summertime. Yet a hunt usually takes place in winter and in the next scene, Miss Kenton is being interviewed in Stevens office, the same day, but the calendar on the table reads Wednesday, 25th October.See more »
Miss Kenton:What's in that book? Come on, let me see!
Stevens:This is my private time. You're invading it.
Miss Kenton:Oh, is that so?
Miss Kenton:I'm invading your private time, am I?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Something Borrowed (2011)See more »
Roll Along Prairie MoonSee more »


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59 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
An excellent adaptation, 22 February 2004
Author: Dana Wang from Taipei, Taiwan

In the WWII era, Mr Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) is a well experienced, dedicated butler who's loyal to his pro-Nazi master. He is always placid and graceful. Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) is a new housekeeper and her liveliness and wit somehow touches Mr Stevens' very soul. But he conceals his feeling towards her, and she can never unlock that closed door of his heart.

Mr Stevens looks back on all this while on a road trip for meeting Miss Kenton after twenty years. He now serves a new master, Lewis (Christopher Reeve) who was once one of the guests of his formal master back in the 1940s. On the way his memory slowly flows back to him (and he also realises that his formal master was not an impeccable man after all)...when Mr Stevens and Miss Kenton bid farewell again, she looks into his eyes while her tears roll down her cheeks...a very sad scene.

'The Remains of the Day' is about love that is never that is never verbally of which you finally has to let go...having read the book (which is finely written), I realise that this film is a wonderfully successful adaptation. Anyone who's into love stories should watch this.

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