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  • U
  • Drama, Romance
  • 1993
  • 134 mins

The Remains Of The Day

The Remains Of The Day

Synopsis

Antony Hopkins stars in this definite Merchant-Ivory film, adpated from the novel about class, love and repression by Kazuo Ishiguro

About

Merchant-Ivory's best film by a mile. Indeed only a couple more came close to the subtlety of Jhabvala's intelligent and moving adaptation of the fine novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in an English country house just before the Second World War, The Remains Of The Day is an intricate, forceful dissection of class, and its class strictures and strata as seen in the household.

And while dispensing superlatives let's hear it for Hopkins, giving probably his finest performance, nudging himself into the realms of Ralph Richardson (who might have been even better) in his portrayal of James Stevens, the obsessively dedicated butler who stays loyal to his calling even when he falls in love with the housekeeper (Thompson) and out of step with the fascist views of his aristocratic employer, Lord Darlington (Fox).

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Reeve, Hugh Grant, James Fox, Ben Chaplin, Emma Thompson, Peter Vaughan
  • Director: James Ivory
  • Writer: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Producer: Ismail Merchant, John Calley, Mike Nichols
  • Photographer: Tony Pierce-Roberts
  • Composer: Richard Robbins

In a nutshell

A meditation on solitariness, dedication, love, class, politics and, above all, waste, expertly put together and played with a surfeit talent by the quality cast.

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