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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
... Jack Lewis
... James Stevens
... Miss Kenton
Caroline Hunt ... Landlady
... Lord Darlington
... William Stevens
Paula Jacobs ... Mrs. Mortimer, the Cook
... Charlie, Head Footman
... George, Second Footman
... Housemaid (as Abigail Harrison)
... Spencer
Peter Cellier ... Sir Leonard Bax
... Canon Tufnell
... Reginald 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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The shop and pub that Stevens visits on his way to Clevedon are opposite each other in the village of Limpley Stoke. The other pub in the film, where Miss Kenton has a date, is not far (less than 4 miles) from Limpley Stoke in Norton st Philip. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, during Mr. Stevens voiceover, he recalls the day Miss Kenton arrived. It was, he says, the day of the Charlgrove Meet, which is a fox hunt. We see the hunt riding through the estate, the trees of which are covered in green leaves, making it summertime. Yet a hunt usually takes place in winter and in the next scene, Miss Kenton is being interviewed in Stevens office, the same day, but the calendar on the table reads Wednesday, 25th October. See more »

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Lewis: You are, all of you, amateurs. And international affairs should never be run by gentlemen amateurs. Do you have any idea of what sort of place the world is becoming all around you? The days when you could just act out of your noble instincts, are over. Europe has become the arena of realpolitik, the politics of reality. If you like: real politics. What you need is not gentlemen politicians, but real ones. You need professionals to run your affairs, or you're headed for disaster!
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Referenced in Gossip Girl: Remains of the J (2009) 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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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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