MauriceDirector: James Ivory, James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves
Director James Ivory brings his subdued, "Masterpiece Theater" style to a forbidden subject -- homosexual love. Maurice is based on E.M. Forster's suppressed 1914 novel that was held back from publication until after his death. The film takes place at Cambridge, before World War I, when homosexuality was outlawed in Great Britain. Clive (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic Englishman with a life of privilege, suddenly shocks his close friend Maurice (James Wilby) by declaring his love for him. Maurice is initially stunned by the pronouncement, but in the end finds himself giving Clive a passionate kiss and telling him that he loves him as well. Clive, in the stiff-upper-lip British manner, considers their love to be more of an intellectual concept, but Maurice becomes passionate about the affair. Clive, afraid of being exposed as a homosexual, backs off and breaks up with Maurice for marriage, family, and politics. Maurice is crestfallen, but then he has a passionate affair with Clive's gamekeeper, Scudder (Rupert Graves), and Maurice and Scudder decide to risk their reputations by openly living together as lovers.
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Cast & Crew
|James Wilby||Maurice Hall|
|Hugh Grant||Clive Durham|
|Rupert Graves||Alec Scudder|
|Denholm Elliott||Dr. Barry|
|Simon Callow||Mr. Ducie|
|Billie Whitelaw||Mrs. Hall|
|Judy Parfitt||Mrs. Durham|
|Phoebe Nicholls||Anne Durham|
|Helena Michell||Ada Hall|
|Kitty Aldridge||Kitty Hall|
|Barry Foster||Dean Cornwalis|
|Peter Eyre||Mr. Borenius|
|Catherine Rabett||Pippa Durham|
|Orlando Wells||Young Maurice|
|Helena Bonham Carter||Bonham,Young Lady at Cricket Match|
|Andrew St. Clair||Undergraduate|
|Alan Whybrow||Mr. Scudder|
|Brian Ackland-Snow||Production Designer|
|Jenny Beavan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Paul Bradley||Associate Producer|
|John Bright||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard Robbins||Score Composer|
|Mike Shoring||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michael Zimbrich||Asst. Director|
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Well adapted from the EM Forster novel to screen, Maurice is a well-done work about a man realises his homosexuality in college in 1910. At first confused, then enthralled within the arms of his beloved, he is soon afterward expelled from school. Following the disgrace of a college acquaintance, his lover retreats to a "normal" married life. After a passage of time, Maurice, now heartbroken, seeks the aid of doctors to "fix" him, only to realise he doesn't want to be.
I read the book first and fully engrossed in it during a trip to Chicago. I was intrigued, but wary, to discover a film version on the shelf of my local video rental. Though this is a UK production and not an "Hollywood" one, I still don't typically trust film adaptations of beloved novels, usually some part or another of the book's integrity winds up being compromised in the screenplay adaptation, even if only small ones made for time constraints; all too often, the results of clipping a scene here or there leaves some points muddled or or simply lacklustre. This one, though, is one of those splendid gems that truly does do the original text justice, even with small scenes omitted. The settings and costuming were absolutely lovely and the actors carried the look and dignity of their characters very well.
All in all, an instant classic I highly recommend to any-one who has loved the book.
This is a gorgeous adaptation of a wonderful book. The cinematography is breathtaking, the score is beautiful, the acting of this fine cast is superb, and the direction could not be better. Highly recommended to fans of queer cinema and fans of period pieces.
I love all Merchant-Ivory adaptations, but somehow missed this one. Having watched it several times in a row this past week, it's now one of my all time favorite movies. James Wilby is amazing and sad as Maurice, a middle-class young man who falls in love with his friend Clive at Cambridge (a baby faced Hugh Grant). Clive is upper class landed gentry, and although he makes the first move, he soon comes to realize that their affair could ruin him, and land them both in jail (this being 1910 England and all). Maurice is devastated, but they remain platonic friends, on Clive's terms. Then Maurice's world is turned upside down when he begins a relationship with the gamekeeper of Clive's estate, Alec Scudder (a gorgeous and radiant Rupert Graves). Despite their class differences and the fact that they'd have to hide and live a secret life, they choose to be together. Their final scene at the boathouse is one of the most romantic in any movie. Although there is (quite a bit of) full frontal male nudity, the love scenes are very tastefully done and sensual.
Brilliantly realized adaptation that manages the 'trip to Greece' question in a fashion far more believably than does the novel ... 'only connect' w/ this title and you'll be happy.
I had no idea about the story when I saw it the first time, but I fell in love with the characters, especially Grant's character, so afraid of being 'outed' in a time when it was illegal that he had to lead another life altogether. Woe to Maurice! Vacationing in fine english country homes and bopping from country to country ... ah, what a way to live.
I enjoyed this movie as it shows the struggle of homosexuality and straight life given the pierod of time this movie takes place. For those who love great endings, this is a movie for you.
One of the greatest movie I ever seen. Huge Grant has the role fitted him most and Rupert Graves is the shinning star above all. A must see!
Though there are some who can't appreciate this film because of its longitude, it has a clear value, just looking at its historical view. The film cannot compete with the original book, written in 1913/1914 by E.M. Forster. Let others fall asleep, i surely can enjoy this one
Really, I mean I literally couldn't keep my eyes open. Beautiful cinematography, romantic settings, a script that moves like a salted snail. Sensitive gay-themed movies may be few & far between, but I'm not so desperate for one that I'm willing to overlook the serious entertainment shortcomings of this snore-a-thon...zzzzzzzz.