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Howards End (1992)

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

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

E.M. Forster (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Ruth Wilcox
Helena Bonham Carter ... Helen Schlegel
Joseph Bennett Joseph Bennett ... Paul Wilcox
Emma Thompson ... Margaret Schlegel
Prunella Scales ... Aunt Juley
Adrian Ross Magenty Adrian Ross Magenty ... Tibby Schlegel
Jo Kendall ... Annie
Anthony Hopkins ... Henry Wilcox
James Wilby ... Charles Wilcox
Jemma Redgrave ... Evie Wilcox
Ian Latimer Ian Latimer ... Station Master
Samuel West ... Leonard Bast
Mary Nash Mary Nash ... Pianist
Siegbert Prawer Siegbert Prawer ... Man Asking a Question
Susie Lindeman ... Dolly Wilcox
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mansión Howard See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,568, 13 March 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,967,000
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Anthony Hopkins was the first actor cast for the movie. In an interview with the producers on the Merchant Ivory Collection DVD, James Ivory says that he passed a copy of the script to Hopkins via his friend, a sound editor on The Silence of the Lambs (1991), "Thereby bypassing all the agents all over the place." Hopkins read the script, and told Ivory he was very interested in taking the role. See more »

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When Charlie and Dolly Wilcox are hiding from Margaret Schlegel in the castle, the scene closes with low angle wide shot of the castle with a view of the sky behind it, revealing an aircraft contrail. There were no aircraft capable of leaving high-altitude contrails in the time period this movie is set in. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1992 (1993) See more »

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Mock Morris
Music by Percy Grainger
Courtesy of Schott & Co., Ltd.
Performed by Martin Jones
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The Thompson Factor
17 October 2005 | by mocpacificSee all my reviews

If it's raining, if it's late, if I'm tired of working, if I'm restless or if I'm in a quandary of sorts, "Howard's End". I put the film on and Emma Thompson - presumably with the help of her accomplices, Ivory, Jhavhala, Hopkins etc - takes me away from whatever mood I'm trying to escape and leads me through her own, brilliantly drawn, gently torturous path. I don't recall when was the last time an actress has had this kind of power over my own psyche. The film is constructed with an Ivory attention to detail worthy of a vintage Visconti. The screenplay has no lapses of any kind and never falls into the usual traps. Loyal to its source material and yet, cinematic in the most revolutionary traditional sense of the word. The Britishness of Anthony Hopkins character is turned upside down giving us a glimpse into a character that's a mass of contradictions. But it is Emma Thompson's film from beginning to end. What a glorious achievement.


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