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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.

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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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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Морис  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,130,592
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John Malkovich was meant to take the role of Lasker-Jones, the doctor ultimately played by Ben Kingsley. Malkovich had become a friend of Julian Sands after making The Killing Fields (1984). However, when Sands left the project, Malkovich lost interest in the role. See more »

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When Clive and Maurice are speaking in the bedroom, a studio light is seen reflecting in the closet door. See more »

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Maurice Hall: England for me!
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The Goldberg Variations
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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This movie is timeless
23 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

‘Maurice' had a deep emotional impact on me when I first saw it in my early teens, more than ten years ago. I just saw it again for the first time since then and I was a bit worried that I would be disappointed, but then I was definitely not. It still had the same magic.

To me, this is the #1 Merchant-Ivory work. I find this movie astoundingly profound compared to several other of their movies. This movie is above all accomplished by the excellent acting. It tells a pure and convincing story about struggling to be true to oneself in a world of not only prejudice and firm standards but even serious legal sanctions.

I think ‘Maurice' is far more romantic, and sexy, than most heterosexual love stories I have seen. The love and longing of these men seems so real and pure, especially by the fact that they are consistently being told that their inclination is `unspeakable', and their futures and careers are at stake.

It is great to see Hugh Grant in an early role (his first real movie role?) that is so different from the mainstream comedy entertainer he has become. The ending is stunning. I love that the movie ended exactly where it did, although it is a dread to acknowledge that the war would break out soon after. The music score is enthralling. And Alec Scudder is so beautiful that it hurts.


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