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Maurice (1987)

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After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

E.M. Forster (from the novel by), Kit Hesketh-Harvey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Wilby ... Maurice Hall
Hugh Grant ... Clive Durham
Rupert Graves ... Alec Scudder
Denholm Elliott ... Doctor Barry
Simon Callow ... Mr. Ducie
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Hall
Barry Foster ... Dean Cornwallis
Judy Parfitt ... Mrs. Durham
Phoebe Nicholls ... Anne Durham
Patrick Godfrey ... Simcox
Mark Tandy ... Risley
Ben Kingsley ... Lasker-Jones
Kitty Aldridge ... Kitty Hall
Helena Michell Helena Michell ... Ada Hall
Catherine Rabett Catherine Rabett ... Pippa Durham
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Storyline

Two male English school chums find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. To regain his place in society, Clive gives up his forbidden love, Maurice (pronounced "Morris") and marries. While staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice finally discovers romance in the arms of Alec, the gamekeeper. Written from personal pain, it's E.M. Forster's story of coming to terms with sexuality in the Edwardian age. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Maria Britneva (Mrs. Sheepshanks). See more »

Goofs

During one of the earlier scenes while Maurice and others are reading/translating with a professor/dean, Maurice is seen clearly wearing a wristwatch. While wristwatches did exist at the time they were rare, and were considered working class so would not have been worn by a gentleman. The wristwatch would not become common until the first world war, when they were given to soldiers to allow them to see the time while both hands were engaged. See more »

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Maurice Hall: I'm walking on a volcano.
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Alternate Versions

Some NTSC versions are scanned at 25fps and the running time is short and seems edited but the movie is intact. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Clapham Junction (2007) See more »

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In the Fens
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Richard Robbins
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An absolutely classic about 'the love that dare not speak its name'.
1 November 2004 | by vanschellenSee all my reviews

A gay classic that is situated at the beginning of the twentieth century. 'Maurice' is the story of Maurice Hall, a student at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. There he meets Clive Durham. Both men develop a strong friendship, which to a certain level, becomes physical. Clive is gay, but Maurice doesn't want to know anything about it. Until he admits he also has feelings for persons of the same sex, even though in intellectual circles homosexuality is 'the love that dare not speak its name'.

Maurice doesn't know how to behave. Of course he wants to be himself, but society doesn't accept gay people. When he more or less decides to live as a gay man bosom friend Clive changes his mind, frightened by a lawsuit against a gay man. According to Clive the physical friendship between Maurice and Clive must end and from that moment on he wants to experience real love: the love of a woman. The relation between Maurice and Clive gets tense.

Even Maurice tries to get his sexual preference changed by visiting a hypnotist, but the treatment fails. That becomes very clear when Maurice sleeps with Scudder, Clive's under gamekeeper. A passionate love develops between Scudder and Maurice, which makes Clive realize what kind of appearance he has to keep up as a 'converted' gay man.

'Maurice' is based on the novel of the same name written by E.M. Forster. The film is beautiful and made with a feeling for historical notion. The actors playing the leading roles are straight in real life but act the gay roles in a beautiful way. Actually everything in the film is right: image, usage of language, costumes and music.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Sicily, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,577,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,278, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$2,484,230

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,642,567
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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