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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
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Caroline Hunt ...
Landlady
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Lord Darlington
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Paula Jacobs ...
Mrs. Mortimer, the Cook
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Charlie, Head Footman
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George, Second Footman
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Housemaid (as Abigail Harrison)
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Spencer
Peter Cellier ...
Sir Leonard Bax
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Canon Tufnell
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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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One of four theatrical movie collaborations of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Merchant Ivory Productions. The others being Howards End (1992), Surviving Picasso (1996) and The City of Your Final Destination (2009). See more »

Goofs

In one kitchen scene, in preparing for the banquet, we see a meat cleaver beheading a pheasant. However, when the head is thrown away, it is obvious that the head was previously severed, as the cleaver rests on a non-severed part of the pheasant's neck. See more »

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[after telling Stevens she intends to accept Benn's marriage proposal]
Miss Kenton: Mister Stevens! Am I to take it that after all the years I have been in this house you have nothing else to say to me?
Stevens: You have my warmest congratulations.
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Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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Outstanding in Every Possible Area
9 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Excellent film that was overlooked in 1993 due to the dominance of "Schindler's List", "The Remains of the Day" is an exquisite film which examines the relationship between two servants in England (Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, both Oscar-nominated). They both definitely have feelings for each other, but both seem to be bound by duty, honor, and society. Hopkins is not the type of person who shares his inner-most feelings with anyone and Thompson wants to share her hidden love for Hopkins, but is frightened for various reasons. The fact that the film is told during flashbacks which took place just before the involvement of England in World War II just makes everything that much more interesting and heart-wrenching. During the present-day of the movie it appears that Hopkins and Thompson will finally proclaim their love for one another, but in the end that is not even a real certainty. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adaptation of the novel is exceptional and James Ivory's direction has rarely been better or more focused. With all this said, it is Hopkins and Thompson that dominate the action and make "The Remains of the Day" one of the best films of the 1990s. 5 stars out of 5.


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