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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 I 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:
Diamond in the Rough See more (148 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)

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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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)

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Trivia:
Only one of three roles (Miss Kenton) that actress Meryl Streep was turned down for.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Mr. Stevens arrives in the market town on his way to Clevedon, a modern "National Westminster Bank" sign is seen on a building in the background as he is getting his case out of the car.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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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81 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Diamond in the Rough, 27 August 2003
Author: J. Wellington Peevis from Malltown

Very deliberate but marvelous study of a lifetime butler in an English noble household. The film does a wonderful parallel examination of the man's life set against the tumult of the 1930s that effectively did away with the British Empire and made him and others like him, as people curiously obsolete.

An extremely rare example of sanity when dealing with the subject of War. Most films as we know too well, concentrate on the futility and bottom line cost in humanity, which is to be expected since generally speaking, an artist will always present this point of view. However in most cases, it's an incomplete and wildly immature handling of the topic. This film addresses if you can believe it, the folly of avoiding War thru appeasement, and hammers home what might have been avoided if the British had called Hitler to the carpet early on, instead of playing chess with him. This is the backdrop; the main story is that of the butler, Stevens, an ostensibly simple character played with unimaginable complexity, by Hopkins. The fascinating examination of one man's sense of duty, a devotion that transcends all other obligations and aspirations in his life has never been so poignantly or expertly presented to an audience. Everything about the film, the supporting cast in particular is a rousing triumph. I cannot overly recommend this.

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