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A Room With a View Details

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 7, 1986

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Humphrey Dixon Editing Award 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jenny Beavan Best Costume Design 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rosemary Leach Best Supporting Actress 1986 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Tony Pierce-Roberts Best Cinematography 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tony Pierce-Roberts Best Cinematography 1986 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Tony Pierce-Roberts Best Cinematography 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Pierce-Roberts Best Cinematography 1986 Nominee
National Board of Review Daniel Day-Lewis Best Supporting Actor 1986 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Daniel Day-Lewis Best Supporting Actor 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Denholm Elliott Best Supporting Actor 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Denholm Elliott Best Supporting Actor 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards James Ivory Best Foreign Film 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Ivory Best Director 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Ivory Best Director 1986 Nominee
Directors Guild of America James Ivory Best Director 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Ivory Best Director 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ismail Merchant Best Picture 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Maggie Smith Best Actress 1986 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maggie Smith Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maggie Smith Best Supporting Actress 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Simon Callow Best Supporting Actor 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Judi Dench Best Supporting Actress 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Best Adapted Screenplay 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Best Adaptation 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bright Best Costume Design 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Bright Best Costume Design 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brian Savegar Best Art Direction 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gianni Quaranta Best Art Direction 1986 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

James Ivory
Director
Ismail Merchant
Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Screenwriter
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Cinematographer
Humphrey Dixon
Editor
Gianni Quaranta
Production Designer
Brian Savegar
Production Designer
Jenny Beavan
Costume Designer
John Bright
Costume Designer
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