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Maurice Details


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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 18, 1987


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jenny Beavan Best Costume Design 1987 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival James Ivory Silver Lion 1987 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Hugh Grant Best Actor 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bright Best Costume Design 1987 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival James Wilby Best Actor 1987 Winner


James Wilby
as Maurice Hall
Hugh Grant
as Clive Durham
Rupert Graves
as Alec Scudder
Denholm Elliott
as Dr. Barry
Simon Callow
as Mr. Ducie
Billie Whitelaw
as Mrs. Hall
Ben Kingsley
as Lasker-Jones
Judy Parfitt
as Mrs. Durham
Phoebe Nicholls
as Anne Durham
Mark Tandy
as Risley
Helena Michell
as Ada Hall
Kitty Aldridge
as Kitty Hall
Patrick Godfrey
as Simcox
Michael Jenn
as Archie
Barry Foster
as Dean Cornwalis
Peter Eyre
as Mr. Borenius
Catherine Rabett
as Pippa Durham
Orlando Wells
as Young Maurice
Helena Bonham Carter
as Bonham,Young Lady at Cricket Match
Breffni McKenna
as Breffni/Guardsman
Andrew St. Clair
as Undergraduate
John Elmes
as Hill
Harriet Thorpe
as Barmaid
Chris Hunter
as Fred Scudder
Maria Britneva
as Mrs. Sheepshanks
Olwen Griffiths
as Mrs. Scudder
Mark Payton
as Chapman
Alan Foss
as Old Man at Train
Mathew Sim
as Fetherstonhaugh
Philip Fox
as Dr. Jowitt
Rick Warner
as Judge
Julian Wadham
as Hull


James Ivory
Ismail Merchant
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
James Ivory
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Pierre Lhomme
Alex Leyton
Katherine Wenning
Paul Bradley
Associate Producer
John Bright
Costume Designer
Jenny Beavan
Costume Designer
Mike Shoring
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Zimbrich
First Assistant Director
Celestia Fox
Mary Hillman