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Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Henry James, Merchant/Ivory's The Bostonians is set among the Back Bay uppercrust of the 19th century. Basil Ransom (Christopher Reeve), bored by his opulent lifestyle and his "proper" friends, is fascinated by his cousin, outspoken suffragette Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave). Basil and Olive's mutual friend is likeable, gregarious Verena Tannant (Madeleine Potter). Soon a triangle develops, albeit an unorthodox one: Basil and Olive both find themselves pursuing Verena, Basil because he is in love with her, and Olive because she wants to exploit Verena's social connections and gift for public speaking to promote her own political ideology. Lurking in the background is Verena's true love, poor-but-honest attorney Henry Burrage (John Van Ness). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 2, 1984

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jenny Beavan Best Costume Design 1984 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Vanessa Redgrave Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vanessa Redgrave Best Actress 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bright Best Costume Design 1984 Nominee

Cast

Christopher Reeve
as Basil Ransome
Vanessa Redgrave
as Olive Chancellor
Madeleine Potter
as Verena Tarrant
Jessica Tandy
as Miss Birdseye
Nancy Marchand
as Mrs. Burrage
Wesley Addy
as Dr. Tarrant
Linda Hunt
as Dr. Prance
Nancy New
as Mrs. Adeline Luna
Wallace Shawn
as Mr. Pardon
Maura Moynihan
as Henrietta Stackpole
Martha Farrar
as Mrs. Farrinder
Peter Bogyo
as Mr. Gracie
Barbara Byrne
as Mrs. Tarrant
Charles McCaughan
as Music Hall Policeman
Lee Doyle
as Mr. Filer
June Mitchell
as Party Guest
Jon Van Ness
as Henry Burrage
Charles McCaughan
as Music Hall Policeman
Lee Doyle
as Mr. Filer
June Mitchell
as Party Guest
Barbara Byrne
as Mrs. Tarrant
Peter Bogyo
as Mr. Gracie

Crew

James Ivory
Director
Al Schwartz
Producer
Ismail Merchant
Producer
Connie Kaiserman
Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Screenwriter
Walter Lassally
Cinematographer
Katherine Wenning
Editor
Leo Austin
Production Designer
Richard Elton
Set Designer
Jenny Beavan
Costume Designer
John Bright
Costume Designer
Ray Beckett
Sound/Sound Designer
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