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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 6, 2001
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0- French
- Dolby Digital 2.0- Portuguese
- Dolby Digital 2.0- Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1- English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary: James Ivory- Director, Ismael Merchant- Producer, Emma Thompson- Star
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- THE REMAINS OF THE DAY- THE FILMMAKERS JOURNEY
- HBO Making-Of
- Scene Selection
- Interactive Menus
- Production Notes
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Anthony Hopkins & Emma Thompson|
|Performer:||Christopher Reeve, Tim Pigott-Smith, James Fox, Peter Vaughan, Hugh Grant, Ben Chaplin, Patrick Godfrey, Peter Cellier, John Savident, Lena Headey, Paul Copley, Pip Torrens, Peter Eyre & Michael Lonsdale|
|Directed by||James Ivory|
|Edited by||Andrew Marcus|
|Screenplay by||Ruth Prawer Jhabvala|
|Composition by||Richard Robbins|
|Produced by||John Calley, Ismail Merchant & Mike Nichols|
|Director of Photography:||Tony Pierce-Roberts|
|Executive Production by||Paul Bradley|
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Like The Age of Innocence, here's another handsome period piece about a man who foolishly ignores the dictates of his heart. Full Review
The movie looks splendid. Arcadian views and honeyed filters have been largely resisted. But the content, that is to say, the script, has problems. Full Review
The New York Review of Books
...Enchantingly realized....The film] has its own, securely original cinematic life...
New York Times
Rating: 4/4 -- Moves rather slowly, but the actors and their understated chemistry keep the film riveting, building to a climax that is absolutely heartrending. Full Review
Beautiful to look at and deeply moving in many scenes. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Here's a film for adults. It's also about time to recognize that Mr. Ivory is one of our finest directors, something that critics tend to overlook because most of his films have been literary adaptations.
New York Times
...The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful....There are emotional upheavals in it, but they take place in shadows and corners, in secret...
James Ivory directed this quietly moving film set just prior to World War II. On the large English estate of Lord Darlington (James Fox), a disciplined English butler, Stevens (Anthony Hopkins), devotes himself to his duties with rigorous dedication. Like his father (Peter Vaughan) before him, Stevens lives to serve--to bring order and certainty to the estate's minutiae. Though Stevens has the opportunity to break free of this mold in the form of a romance with the spirited housekeeper, Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), he chooses to remain within the safe structure of the household, even one that has misguided loyalties to Nazi Germany. Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant costar as men hoping to show Lord Darlington the danger of his allegiances. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY was Merchant-Ivory's follow-up to HOWARDS END, which also starred Hopkins and Thompson; both actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their roles as dutiful servants in the later film.
Set just prior to World War II, this poignant story finds a disciplined English butler devoting himself to his duties at the expense of love and personal freedom. The sensitively handled Merchant-Ivory film received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Best Actress for stars Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
British | Tear Jerker | War | World War II | Love Story | Recommended | Character Study | Gentry | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: November 5, 1993.
- The film was shot on location at four estates in England: Badminton House, Avon; Powderham Castle, Devon; Corsham Court, Avon; and Dyrham Park, Avon.
- The film was based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, which won the 1989 Booker Prize.
- The original screenplay was written by playwright Harold Pinter, who had also optioned the book.