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Story

The prestigious filmmaking trio of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala had made other critically acclaimed films before A Room with a View was released in 1985, but it was this popular film that made them art-house superstars. Splendidly adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster, it's a comedy of the heart, a passionate romance and a study of repression within the British class system of manners and mores. It's that system of rigid behavior that prevents young Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) from accepting the loving advances of a free-spirited suitor (Julian Sands), who fears that she will follow through with her engagement to a priggish intellectual (Daniel Day-Lewis) whose capacity for passion is virtually nonexistent. During and after a trip to Italy with her protective companion (Maggie Smith), Lucy gradually gets in touch with her true emotions. The fun of watching A Room with a View comes from seeing how Lucy's thoughts and feelings finally arrive at the same romantic conclusion. Through an abundance of humor both subtle and overt, this crowd-pleasing "art movie" rose to an unexpected level of popular appeal. The Merchant-Ivory team received eight Academy Award nominations for their efforts, and won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, and Costume Design. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Maggie SmithCharlotte Bartlett, a chaperon
Helena Bonham CarterLucy Honeychurch, Miss Bartlett's cousin and charge
Denholm ElliottMr. Emerson, an English tourist
Julian SandsGeorge Emerson
Simon CallowThe Reverend Mr Beebe
Patrick GodfreyThe Reverend Mr. Eager, Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Florence
Judi DenchEleanor Lavish, a novelist
Fabia DrakeMiss Catharine Alan
Joan HenleyMiss Teresa Alan
Amanda WalkerThe Cockney Signora
Daniel Day-LewisCecil Vyse
Maria BritnevaMrs. Vyse, Cecil's mother
Rosemary LeachMrs. Honeychurch
Rupert GravesFreddy Honeychurch
Peter CellierSir Harry Otway, a landlord
Mia FothergillMinnie Beebe
Kitty AldridgeNew Lucy
Brigid Erin BatesMaid at Windy Corner
Isabella CelaniPersephone
Luigi Di FioreMurdered Youth
Matyelok GibbsNew Charlotte
Mirio GuidelliSanta Croce Guide
Freddy KornerMr. Floyd
Patricia LawrenceMrs. Butterworth
Elizabeth MarangoniMiss Pole
Peter MuntCoachman
Luca RossiPhaeton
Stefano SerboliFighting Youth
Phillida SewellLady at Sir Harry's Garden Party
Margaret WardLady at Sir Harry's Garden Party
Royston MuntFootman (uncredited)
Richard RobbinsParty Guest (uncredited)
James WilbyParty Guest (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: James Ivory
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 117 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 23, 1986
    EuropeApr 11, 1986
    JapanJul 25, 1987
    AustraliaJul 10, 1986
  • Ratings
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 13, 2001
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