Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 29, 2012
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Ais
- Note: BBC Archive Breakfast Time promotional appearances by Simon Callow and Daniel Day Lewis
- BBC Breakfast Time report on the film's success in the USA - Narrated by Tom Brooks
- E.M. Forster remembered - tribute programme hosted by James Mossman
- Film '96 Merchant Ivory Tribute Profile
- Commentaries by Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Tony Pierce Roberts and Simon Callow
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1986 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Sight and Sound - 03/01/1985
"...The characters round the central couple beautifully....Most memorable of all, unsurprisingly is Daniel Day Lewis....The performance is a gem..."
New York Times - 03/07/1986
"...Blithely, elegantly funny....Full of rich roles, splendidly acted..."
New York Times - 12/28/1986
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1986"
Los Angeles Times - 03/21/1986
"...Thoughtful....A virtually irresistible film..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...[A] luminous adaptation of E.M. Forster's class-crossing classic..."
Premiere - 05/01/2004
"[T]he film is worth watching for it sumptuous views of Tuscany and the English countryside alone, to say nothing of the flawless performances of its who's who cast..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/09/2004
"Helena Bonham Carter is dark and brooding as the heroine and Maggie Smith is perfect as her dotty companion."
Total Film - 07/01/2012
4 stars out of 5 -- "Florence has never looked lovelier or England so bucolic."
E.M. Forster's 1908 novel, A ROOM WITH A VIEW, is adapted for the screen by director James Ivory in this beautifully lighthearted tale of Edwardian manners. Helena Bonham Carter stars as a young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch. When Lucy and her spinster chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith), travel to Florence, they meet an unconventional Englishman, Mr. Emerson (Denholm Elliott), and his romantically unhappy son, George (Julian Sands). After George makes the grievous mistake of kissing Lucy during a picnic in the Florentine hills, Charlotte rushes her back to England. Safely home, Lucy becomes engaged to the stiff, very proper Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis), but after finding out the Emersons have moved close by, Lucy has a hard time ignoring her attraction to the unsuitable George.
Producer Ismail Merchant considered A ROOM WITH A VIEW Merchant Ivory's first genuine blockbuster, and it enjoyed more popular success than any previous Merchant Ivory film. Screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was awarded an Academy Award for her screenplay, and the film itself was nominated for Best Picture. Director James Ivory's tale also features British movie icons Judi Dench and Simon Callow. A ROOM WITH A VIEW was the first of three Forster novels (the other two were MAURICE and HOWARDS END) adapted by Merchant Ivory Productions.