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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 and his dad offer their rooms with views to Lucy and her chaperone. 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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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 and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,966,644
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Maggie Smith and Judi Dench would later share the screen together in four other films: Tea with Mussolini (1999) Ladies in Lavender (2004) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015). See more »

Goofs

At the picnic in the Florentine countryside, the light and shadows on the faces of Charlotte Bartlett and Eleanor Lavish during their conversation change between shots. 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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Soundtracks

O mio babbino caro
from "Gianni Schicchi"
by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by John Pritchard (as Sir John Pritchard)
Courtesy CBS Masterworks
(from the album "Kiri Te Kanawa - Puccini & Verdi Arias") (uncredited)
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Room With A Snooze
3 December 2004 | by cyclone259See all my reviews

I was lulled into watching this coma-inducing movie while dating my now (thankfully) ex-girlfriend. She really went for anything with Victorian-era pomp and costuming.

Thankfully it's been aeons since I saw this 'film'. Aside from the ever-beautiful screen presence of Helena Bonham-Carter there were no redeeming qualities. All I can remember was while watching this schlock, seconds seemed to stretch on into hours, with tedious dialogue and inane characters. Thankfully, Ms. Carter has done much better work since then (even Planet of the Apes was a step-up).

These costume dramas all seem to draw the same type of crowd. Those who see themselves as 'cultured' and 'educated' with an sensible sense-of-humour that's drier than the Sahara. Throwaway the corsets and powdered wigs (yes, I realize those are from the 18th century) and expand your horizons a bit.


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