A Room with a View

A Room with a View

Maggie Smith
Director: James Ivory Cast: Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
, Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
, Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
James Ivory

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Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, A Room with a View is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. Set during the Edwardian Era, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, who like all proper young British ladies is compelled to tour Europe in the company of an older chaperone -- in this instance, her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith). While in Italy, the ladies make the acquaintance of a wide variety of personalities; the most fascinating of their fellow tourists -- at least in Lucy's eyes -- is free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands). Aware that her cousin is becoming too familiar with Emerson, Charlotte demands that Lucy return to England posthaste. Lucy complacently settles for the tiresomely traditional courtship of nerdish Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis) -- and then Mr. Emerson moves into the neighborhood. Lucy now finds herself on the horns of a dilemma: Should she opt for a safe, proper marriage to Cecil, or the bohemian unpredictability of the charismatic Emerson? A winner of three Academy Awards, A Room with a View is not what one could call fast-moving, but fans of the Merchant-Ivory team will enjoy luxuriating in the film's leisurely pace and stimulating cast of characters.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2015
UPC: 0715515157117
Original Release: 1986
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Surround]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 4,979

Special Features

New interviews with Ivory, Pierce-Roberts, costume designer John Bright, and actors Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, and Julian Sands; Segment about Merchant Ivory Productions from a 1987 episode of NBC Nightly News; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Smith Charlotte Bartlet
Helena Bonham Carter Lucy Honeychurch
Denholm Elliott Mr. Emerson
Julian Sands George Emerson
Daniel Day-Lewis Cecil Vyse
Simon Callow Mr. Beebe
Judi Dench Miss Lavish
Rosemary Leach Mrs. Honeychurch
Rupert Graves Freddy Honeychurch
Patrick Godfrey Mr. Eager
Fabia Drake Catherine Alan
Joan Henley Teresa Alan
Maria Britneva Mrs. Vyse
Amanda Walker The Cockney Signora
Peter Cellier Sir Harry Otway
Mia Fothergill Minnie Beebe
Patricia Lawrence Mrs. Butterworth
Mirio Guidelli Santa Croce Guide
Freddy Korner Mr. Floyd
Elizabeth Marangoni Miss Pole
Lucca Rossi Phaeton
Isabella Celani Persephone
Luigi di Fiore Murdered Youth
Kitty Aldridge The New Charlotte and Lucy
Matyelok Gibbs New Charlotte

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Production Designer

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