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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

One of the locations used was The Baltic Exchange, St. Mary Axe, London, England. Soon after filming, it was bombed by the I.R.A. See more »

Goofs

In the last "farewell" scene, after Helen took her baby in hear arms she wanted to hold the farmer's boy's hand but instead the boy, I believe mistakenly, chose to wave the Wilcox family members who were leaving the Howards End. See more »

Quotes

[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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La Danse
(1906)
Music by André Derain
© 1992 Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP
Courtesy of the Fridard Foundation
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A Journey Everyone Should Take
23 January 1999 | by awoolseySee all my reviews

The literary period piece is a difficult genre to master, requiring a difficult balancing between restraint and flowing emotion. Few films effectively achieve this as beautifully as Merchant-Ivory's astounding HOWARDS END, making it probably the best period film of the 1990's. The film juxtapositions the intellectual, emotionally unhindered Schlegel sisters against the restrained, imperious Wilcox family, and, for good measure, mixes in the differing attitudes toward class emerging early in the century. What could quite easily have been a dry study in the cultural dynamics of pre-WWI England becomes an enveloping tale, thanks in no small part to the performances by Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Vanessa Redgrave, whose Ruth Wilcox remains enigmatic after every viewing. The emotions ringing through by film's end - not to mention its astoundingly pointed social criticism - give the film its power, a power missing even from Forster's rambling, distant novel. And this story is nestled amongst some of the most beautiful art direction, music, and cinematography to ever grace the screen. The haunting journey to HOWARDS END is one few other recent films can rival.


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