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The Remains of the Day (1993)

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A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

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Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Haycraft ... Auctioneer
... Lewis
... Stevens
... Miss Kenton
Caroline Hunt ... Landlady
... Lord Darlington
... Father
Paula Jacobs ... Mrs. Mortimer, the Cook
... Charlie, Head Footman
... George, Second Footman
... Housemaid (as Abigail Harrison)
... Spencer
Peter Cellier ... Sir Leonard Bax
... Canon Tufnell
... Cardinal
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Storyline

A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in pre-WWII Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties with the Nazi cause challenge his carefully maintained veneer of servitude. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for themes | See all certifications »

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19 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo que queda del día  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,954,968
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2.39 : 1
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By bringing together the most outstanding features of some of England's finest country houses, Merchant Ivory created a single imaginary setting of quintessential beauty, the perfect backdrop to a compelling drama. Not one, but four of England's greatest country houses were used in the creation of Darlington Hall for the film. They were scouted for the movie by the architectural historian Joe Friedman, who had acted as location scout on previous Merchant Ivory Productions such as Maurice (1987), Howards End (1992), and Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990) for the Paris scenes. See more »

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When Mr. Stevens is serving at the banquet, he stands behind Lord Darlington's chair empty-handed. Then he suddenly leaves the room to receive news of his father's death, but at the end of this scene he now has a decanter in his hand, which isn't used until the next scene when the guests have left the banquet, and have been in another room for quite some time. See more »

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Miss Kenton: Why? Why, Mr. Stevens, why do you always have to hide what you feel?
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Friends with Burger-fits (2014) See more »

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Sei mir gegrüsst
Composed by Franz Schubert
Text by Friedrich Rückert
Sung by Ann Murray
Piano: Graham Johnson
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Excellent drama
7 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins as Mr. Stevens in The Remains of the Day made for truly excellent drama. His portrayal of the dedicated butler was picture perfect. He conveyed all the controlled subtleties of his character with great conviction. Stevens' dedication to his profession above all other considerations was both admirable and sad. All his interactions felt genuine and his personal journey was set wonderfully against the historical setting of World War II era Europe. Even the Nazi angle was considered with a more even hand than it is usually treated with. The practical considerations of the politicians of the time added a great sense of realism. The high profile supporting cast was also in top form though make no mistake this is Hopkins' film. Strongly recommended, 9/10.


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