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The Remains of the Day ()


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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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John Haycraft ...
Auctioneer
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Lewis
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Stevens
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Miss Kenton
Caroline Hunt ...
Landlady
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Lord Darlington
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Father
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
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Sir Leonard Bax
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Canon Tufnell
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Cardinal
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Trimmer
Jeffry Wickham ...
Viscount Bigge
Hugh Sweetman ...
Scullery Boy
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Dupont D'Ivry
Brigitte Kahn ...
Baroness
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Doctor Meredith
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Postmaster
Emma Lewis ...
Elsa
Joanna Joseph ...
Irma
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Sir Geoffrey Wren
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Benn
Christopher Brown ...
Wren's Friend
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Lizzie
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Harry Smith
Ian Redford ...
Publican
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Publican's Wife
Steven Beard ...
Andrews
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Doctor Carlisle
Frank Shelley ...
Prime Minister
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Lord Halifax
Jestyn Phillips ...
Foreign Office Official
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German Ambassador
Frank Höltje ...
German Embassy Official
Andreas Töns ...
German Embassy Official
Roger McKern ...
Police Constable
Angela Newmarch ...
Waitress
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Keith Gale ...
Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Craddock (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Ivory

Written by

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Kazuo Ishiguro ... (novel)
 
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Paul Bradley ... executive producer
John Calley ... producer
Ismail Merchant ... producer
Mike Nichols ... producer
Donald Rosenfeld ... associate producer

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Richard Robbins

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Tony Pierce-Roberts ... (photography)

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Andrew Marcus

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Simon Cozens ... second assistant editor
Michelle Gorchow ... associate editor
Kerry Kohler ... assistant editor
Craig Mooney ... apprentice editor
Tom Forletta ... colorist: final video (uncredited)

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Celestia Fox

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Luciana Arrighi

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John Ralph

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Ian Whittaker

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Jenny Beavan
John Bright

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Christine Beveridge ... chief makeup artist
Carol Hemming ... chief hair stylist
Paolo Mantini ... hair stylist
Norma Webb ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Joyce Herlihy ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bernard Bellew ... third assistant director
Simon Moseley ... second assistant director
Christopher Newman ... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)

Art Department

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Simone Assanand ... art department assistant
Chris Browning ... stand-by props
Sveva Costa Sanservino ... art department assistant
Mark Fruin ... stand-by props
John Hedges ... construction manager
Sophia Müller ... art department assistant (as Sophia Müeller)
Jill Quertier ... production buyer
Dennis Simmonds ... dressing props
Arthur Wicks ... property master
Richard Roberts ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Chris Seddon ... drapes master (uncredited)
Mark White ... construction (uncredited)

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Aaron Anawalt ... on-set sound assistant
Brian Blamey ... foley editor
Geoff R. Brown ... assistant sound editor
Derek Holding ... dialogue editor
Dominic Lester ... assistant sound re-recordist
Colin Miller ... sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue ... sound re-recordist
David Stephenson ... sound recordist
Colin Wood ... boom operator
Russ Woolnough ... assistant sound editor
Tim Partridge ... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)

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Karin Hanson ... special effects hair (uncredited)
Garth Inns ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

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Martin Body ... rostrum cameraman (uncredited)
David Smith ... optical cameraman (uncredited)

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Peter Batten ... clapper loader
Damienne Caron ... camera apprentice
Tommy Finch ... gaffer
Rawdon Hayne ... focus puller
Malcolm Huse ... camera grip
Rod Marley ... camera trainee (as Roderick Marley)
Roger Pearce ... camera operator: second unit
Derrick Santini ... still photographer
Les Weighell ... best boy
Mikki Ansin ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Jill Avery ... wardrobe assistant
Victoria Harwood ... wardrobe assistant
Sue Honeybourne ... wardrobe mistress
Adrian Simmons ... wardrobe assistant (as Adrian Simmonds)

Location Management

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Joe Friedman ... location scout
Christian McWilliams ... location manager
Colin Plenty ... location assistant

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... music coordinator
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor
Bill Sommerville-Large ... music recording engineer
Robert Stewart ... music arranger: orchestral arrangements
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Cengiz Asiliskender ... unit driver
Bryan Baverstock ... unit driver
David Bennett ... unit driver
John Bower ... unit driver

Other crew

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Elizabeth Aldrich ... choreographer
Bobby Blues ... production accountant (as Bob Blues)
Cyril Dickman ... technical advisor
Diana Dill ... script supervisor
Lorraine Fennell ... production coordinator
David Field ... stand-in
Peter Giblin ... runner: director
Robert Hamilton ... assistant technical advisor
Jacky Holding ... production accountant
William James ... crowd marshall
Sunil Kirparam ... production accountant
Fay Efrosini Lellios ... project creative assistant
Annie Livings ... stand-in
Kathryn Martin ... assistant to producer

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The Duke of Beaufort ... thanks
The Earl of Devon ... thanks
The Lord Methuen ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Les vestiges du jour (France)
  • Was vom Tage übrig blieb (Germany)
  • Lo que queda del día (Spain)
  • Na kraju dana (Croatia)
  • Dienos pedsakais (Lithuania)
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Runtime
  • 134 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,500,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Sir Anthony Hopkins, as a guest on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), said that he got tips on how to play a butler from real-life butler Cyril Dickman, who served for fifty years at Buckingham Palace. The butler said there was nothing to being a butler, really, when you're in the room, it should be even more empty. See more »
Goofs We see a dozen bottles of Graham's Port being delivered for the banquet - but the port would have been cellared for at least six months before being decanted - vintage port is undrinkable immediately after being transported; and later Stevens takes (and breaks) a bottle of Dow 1913 vintage port- but no producers declared a vintage in that year. 1912 was a vintage year, and the next one was 1917. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Fatal Instinct/Demolition Man/The Remains of the Day/Twenty Bucks (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Blue Moon See more »
Quotes Stevens: You know what I am doing, Miss Kenton? I am placing my thoughts elsewhere while you chatter away.
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