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Howards End (1992)

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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ruth Wilcox
... Helen Schlegel
Joseph Bennett ... Paul Wilcox
... Margaret Schlegel
... Aunt Juley
Adrian Ross Magenty ... Tibby Schlegel
... Annie
... Henry Wilcox
... Charles Wilcox
... Evie Wilcox
Ian Latimer ... Station Master
... Leonard Bast
Mary Nash ... Pianist
Siegbert Prawer ... Man Asking a Question
... Dolly Wilcox
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Encounter of three social classes of England at the beginning of the 20th century : the Victorian capitalists (the Wilcoxes) considering themselves as aristocrats, whose only god is money ; the enlightened bourgeois (the Schlegels), humanistic and philanthropic ; and the workers (the Basts), fighting to survive. The Schlegel sisters' humanism will be torn apart as they try both to softly knock down the Wilcox's prejudices and to help the Basts. Written by Yepok

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Rated PG for mild language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mansión Howard  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$52,568, 13 March 1992, Limited Release

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$25,967,000
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2.35 : 1
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Crispin Bonham-Carter (Albert Fussell) is the third cousin of Helena Bonham Carter (Helen Schlegel). See more »

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When Miss Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) comes down the stairs and first meets Mr. Bast (when he attempts to retrieve his umbrella), Margarete calls her sister "Helena" and not "Helen". Helena is the real name of the actress portraying the sister (Helena Bonham Carter), and "Helen" is her characters name. See more »

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Margaret Schlegel: [reading letter] Dearest Meg, I'm having a glorious time. I like them all. They are the very happiest, jolliest family that you can imagine. The fun of it is that they think me a noodle, and say so - at least, Mr. Wilcox does. Oh Meg, should we ever learn to talk less.
[laughing]
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La Danse
(1906)
Music by André Derain
© 1992 Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP
Courtesy of the Fridard Foundation
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Superb!! Or perhaps you just don't get it...
28 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

...and I must admit that on the first viewing, I didn't get it myself.

I'm one of those relative rarities: a straight male that normally enjoys Merchant-Ivory productions. However, I disliked this movie on first viewing (several years ago). In retrospect, I can see that I was not reacting to the movie, but my intense dislike for Anthony Hopkins' character.

I watched it again the other night and was absolutely blown away by it. What a film! Emma Thompson won Best Actress for her performance, and she did her usual terrific job, but frankly I was more impressed by the performance of Helena Bonham Carter. The style of the film is magnificent.

This is a story (like most of E. M. Forster's) about the injustices of class distinctions. However, with a subtlety that I missed on my first viewing, this film is also about karma (what goes around - comes around) and a story of social progress. This film is set in a time when society is coming out of the Victorian age and into the Edwardian. You see contrasts of the past thinking with the progressive thinking all through the movie. A visual metaphor is repeated over and over: the turning of cranks, whether it be on a new-fangled morse code machine, a vintage car, or the wheels of a mighty locomotive. I believe that this represents both karma and progress, forces which Forster sees as unstoppable as the laws of nature.

This is an incredible story, and an incredible piece of film-making.


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