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A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 April 1986 (UK)
In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George Emerson (Julian Sands) and his dad (Denholm Elliott) offer their rooms with views to Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Lucy and George get acquainted, but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again, but now she's engaged.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

E.M. Forster (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Charlotte Bartlett, a Chaperon
Helena Bonham Carter ... Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bartlett's cousin and charge (as Helena Bonham-Carter)
Denholm Elliott ... Mr Emerson, an English tourist
Julian Sands ... George Emerson
Simon Callow ... The Reverend Mr Beebe
Patrick Godfrey ... The Reverend Mr Eager, Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Florence
Judi Dench ... Eleanor Lavish, a novelist
Fabia Drake ... Miss Catharine Alan
Joan Henley ... Miss Teresa Alan
Amanda Walker ... The Cockney Signora
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Cecil Vyse (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Maria Britneva ... Mrs Vyse, Cecil's mother
Rosemary Leach ... Mrs Honeychurch
Rupert Graves ... Freddy Honeychurch
Peter Cellier ... Sir Harry Otway, a landlord
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Storyline

When Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith) find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr. Emerson (Denholm Elliott) and son George (Julian Sands) step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever, but once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans? Written by Bridget Jones

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From Merchant-Ivory, the team who brought you "THE EUROPEANS" and "HEAT AND DUST" comes a brilliant movie adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel "A ROOM WITH A VIEW" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Room with a View See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,970, 9 March 1986

Gross USA:

$20,966,644

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,966,644
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the process leading up to placing trade ads for the Oscar nominations, Daniel Day-Lewis made it known he was not interested in campaigning for an Oscar nomination. As a result, the production company concentrated on promoting Denholm Elliott in the supporting actor category. Elliott was enthusiastic in participating in the process and eventually won an Oscar nomination. See more »

Goofs

When George throws Lucy's bloodstained postcards into the Arno and they float over a weir in the river, the backdrop is the Ufizzi Gallery which is nowhere near either of the weirs along the river in Florence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charlotte Bartlett: This is not at all what we were led to expect.
Lucy Honeychurch: I thought we were going to see the Arno.
Charlotte Bartlett: The signora distinctly wrote, South rooms, with a view and close together, instead of which she has given us North rooms without a view and a long way apart.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Little Big Mom (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op.53 'Waldstein', 2nd movement: Introduzione: Adagio molto
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
(played by Lucy on the piano in the pensione)
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That rarest of great novel adaptations-- a film that's better than the book
20 September 2002 | by jdberkleySee all my reviews

No disrespect to the achingly elegant prose of E.M. Forster, but the last chapter of his novel simply cannot compare to this film's last shot, of a pair of lovers in a pensione in Florence, finally with their view of the Arno. As for the rest of this brilliant adaptation, it is populated with actors so perfectly cast it's as if they'd been invented for the roles-- Julian Sands as the Edwardian bohemian George Emerson, Helena Bonham-Carter, radiant as Lucy Honeychurch, Denholm Elliott, once again stealing every scene he's in, and Daniel Day-Lewis as the priggish Cecil Vyse, in a performance so self-consciously stiff he looks as though he were taken off the cover of the New Yorker. It's romantic, funny, stylish and impassioned. I first saw this film when it was released, and even at a young age, I knew I'd fallen in love. Twenty years later, I'm still in love with it.


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