A Room with a View

A Room with a View

James Ivory (1985)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This is the first of the Merchant Ivory adaptations of EM Forster. While Howards End was the one that scooped the major international awards, this is, in many ways, a more vibrant and infinitely more influential picture, as it confirmed the marketability of the "heritage" film that was, until recently, this country's most profitable movie export. Everything about the production proclaims its class: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's script is witty and erudite, Tony Pierce-Roberts's images of Florence and the English countryside are breathtaking and the performances of Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands and, in particular, Daniel Day-Lewis and Maggie Smith, are of masterclass quality. There are longueurs, but the air of Edwardian charm is irresistible.


A naive woman accompanies an older cousin on a trip to Florence, where she falls in love with a forward-thinking man. She is forced to cut short the romance and return to a loveless engagement in England, where the object of her affection makes an unexpected appearance. Period drama from James Ivory, based on EM Forster's novel and starring Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Day-Lewis, Julian Sands and Judi Dench.

Cast & Crew

Charlotte Bartlett Maggie Smith
Lucy Honeychurch Helena Bonham Carter
Mr Emerson Denholm Elliott
George Emerson Julian Sands
Cecil Vyse Daniel Day-Lewis
Reverend Arthur Beebe Simon Callow
Miss Eleanor Lavish Judi Dench
Mrs Honeychurch Rosemary Leach
Freddy Honeychurch Rupert Graves
Mr Eager Patrick Godfrey
Catherine Alan Fabia Drake
Teresa Alan Joan Henley
Mrs Vyse Maria Britneva
Cockney signora Amanda Walker
Sir Harry Otway Peter Cellier
Minnie Beebe Mia Fothergill
Director James Ivory
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MGM PicturesGuidance: Some violence and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray