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One of the best [[Performer~P102559~Ismail Merchant~ismailmerchant]]/[[Performer~P95605~James Ivory~jamesivory]] films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster's classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film's catalyst is "poor relation" Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox ([[Performer~P59206~Vanessa Redgrave~vanessaredgrave]]), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film's principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox ([[Performer~P94812~Anthony Hopkins~anthonyhopkins]]); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen ([[Performer~P7266~Helena Bonham Carter~helenabonhamcarter]]); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife ([[Performer~P20389~Nicola Duffett~nicoladuffett]]). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film's wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel's famous epigram, to "only connect" with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adapted screenplay, and [[Performer~P80016~Luciana Arrighi~lucianaarrighi]]'s art direction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 13, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ian Whittaker Best Art Direction 1992 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jenny Beavan Best Costume Design 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Luciana Arrighi Best Art Direction 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Luciana Arrighi Best Production Design 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Samuel West Best Supporting Actor 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tony Pierce-Roberts Best Cinematography 1992 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Tony Pierce-Roberts Best Cinematography 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Pierce-Roberts Best Cinematography 1992 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Emma Thompson Best Actress 1991 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Emma Thompson Best Actress 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Emma Thompson Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1992 Winner
National Board of Review Emma Thompson Best Actress 1992 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Emma Thompson Best Actress 1992 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emma Thompson Best Actress 1992 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Emma Thompson Best Actress 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Emma Thompson Best Actress 1992 Nominee
National Board of Review James Ivory Best Director 1992 Winner
Cannes Film Festival James Ivory Special 45th Anniversary Prize 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Ivory David Lean Award 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Ivory Best Director 1992 Nominee
Directors Guild of America James Ivory Best Director 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Ivory Best Director 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards James Ivory Best Foreign Film 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Ivory Best Picture 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ismail Merchant Best Picture 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vanessa Redgrave Best Supporting Actress 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Helena Bonham Carter Best Supporting Actress 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Best Adapted Screenplay 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Best Adapted Screenplay 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Best Screenplay 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bright Best Costume Design 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Bright Best Costume Design 1993 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Andrew Marcus Editing Award 1992 Nominee

Cast

Anthony Hopkins
as Henry Wilcox
Emma Thompson
as Margaret Schlegel
Vanessa Redgrave
as Ruth Wilcox
Helena Bonham Carter
as Helen Schlegel
James Wilby
as Charles Wilcox
Samuel West
as Leonard Bast
Jemma Redgrave
as Evie Wilcox
Nicola Duffett
as Jacky Bast
Prunella Scales
as Aunt Juley Mund
Barbara Hicks
as Miss Avery
Jo Kendall
as Annie
Mark Payton
as Percy Cahill
Simon Callow
as Music Lecturer
Susie Lindeman
as Dolly Wilcox
Bridget Duvall
as Blue Stocking
Celestia Fox
Mark Tandy
as Luncheon Guest
Crispin Bonham Carter
as Col. Fussell
Harriet Stewart
as Blue Stocking
Gerald Paris
as Porphyrion Supervisor
Lucy Freeman
as Blue Stocking
Peter Darling
as Doctor
Rodney Rymell
as Chauffeur
Antony Gilding
as Bank Supervisor
Terence Sach
as Delivery Man
Atlanta White
as Maid at Howards End
Brian Lipson
as Police Inspector
Patricia Lawrence
as Wedding Guest
Jocelyn Cobb
as Telegraph Operator
Anne Lambton
as Luncheon Guest
Andrew St. Clair
as Luncheon Guest
Margery Mason
as Wedding Guest
Tina Leslie
as Blue Stocking
Allie Byrne
as Blue Stocking
Barr Heckstall-Smith
as Helen's Child
Peter Cellier
as Colonel Fussell
David Delaney
as Simpson's Carver
Luke Parry
as Tom-the Farmer's Boy
Ian Latimer
as Station Master
Jim Bowden
as Marlett
Sally Geoghegan
as Blue Stocking
Siegbert Prawer
as Man Asking a Question
Mary McWilliams
as Wilcox Baby
Adrian Ross-Magenty
as Tibby Schlegel

Crew

James Ivory
Director
Ismail Merchant
Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Screenwriter
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Cinematographer
Andrew Marcus
Editor
Luciana Arrighi
Production Designer
John Ralph
Art Director
Ann Wingate
Co-producer
Paul Bradley
Executive Producer
Ian Whittaker
Set Designer
Jenny Beavan
Costume Designer
John Bright
Costume Designer
Celestia Fox
Casting
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