The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

James Ivory (1993)

128min
U Certificate
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Our Score
This impeccable adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning novel stars Anthony Hopkins as the emotionally repressed butler and Emma Thompson as the housekeeper he possibly loves. Framed in flashbacks, the story is an English twist on Jean Renoir's classic La R├Ęgle du Jeu, a broad view of a narrow class of aristocrats on the verge of self-destruction. Co-starring James Fox as a fascistic English lord and Christopher Reeve as an American diplomat (the past and present owners of Darlington Hall), it is as much a study in power and politics as it is Hopkins's blinkered view of the world from behind the gleaming silver salvers. The 1930s and 40s settings are immaculately staged, and, unlike James Ivory's earlier dramatisations of EM Forster, this picture has real backbone: Ivory's direction is alive to every nuance and chink of the sherry glasses.

Summary

A butler in a 1930s aristocratic household has dedicated himself to serving his master, putting duty above all else and repressing his affection for the housekeeper, who also happens to be in love with him. On the outbreak of war, the nobleman's Nazi sympathies come to light, marking a change of heart in the old servant, who looks back with misgivings about the loyalty that may have cost him dearly. Period drama, with Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and James Fox.

Cast & Crew

Stevens Anthony Hopkins
Miss Kenton Emma Thompson
Lord Darlington James Fox
Lewis Christopher Reeve
Father Peter Vaughan
Cardinal Hugh Grant
Dupont D'Ivry Michel Lonsdale
Benn Tim Pigott-Smith
Auctioneer John Haycraft
Landlady Caroline Hunt
Mrs Mortimer Paula Jacobs
Charlie Ben Chaplin
George Steve Dibben
Housemaid Abigail Harrison
Spencer Patrick Godfrey
Sir Leonard Bax Peter Cellier
Canon Tufnell Peter Halliday
Trimmer Terence Bayler
Viscount Biggs Jeffry Wickham
Scullery boy Hugh Sweetman
Baroness Brigitte Kahn
Doctor Meredith John Savident
Postmaster Tony Aitken
Elsa Emma Lewis
Irma Joanna Joseph
Sir Geoffrey Wren Rupert Vansittart
Wren's friend Christopher M Brown
Lizzie Lena Headey
Harry Smith Paul Copley
Publican Ian Redford
Publican's wife Jo Kendall
Andrews Steven Beard
Doctor Carlisle Pip Torrens
Prime minister Frank Shelley
Lord Halifax Peter Eyre
Director James Ivory
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK) Guidance: Contains some swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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