Howards End (1992)



Critic Consensus: A superbly-mounted adaptation of E.M. Forster's tale of British class tension, with exceptional performances all round, Howard's End ranks among the best of Merchant-Ivory's work.

Movie Info

One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory 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 (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film's principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 18, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Margaret Schlegel

as Helen Schlegel

as Henry Wilcox

as Ruth Wilcox

as Charles Wilcox

as Leonard Bast

as Evie Wilcox

as Jacky Bast

as Aunt Juley

as Paul Wilcox

as Tibby Schlegel

as Station Master

as Pianist

as Man Asking a Questio...

as Dolly Wilcox

as Luncheon Guest

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as Maid at Howards End

as Porphyrion Superviso...

as Blue Stocking

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as Percy Cahill

as Simpson's Carver

as Wilcox Baby

as Miss Avery

as Chauffeur

as Tom, the Farmer's B...

as Bank Supervisor

as Colonel Fussell

as Wedding Guest

as Colonel Fussell

as Wedding Guest

as Marlett

as Porphyrion Chief Cle...

as Telegraph Operator

as Delivery Man

as Police Inspector

as Helen's Child

as Music Lecturer

as Dolly Wilcox
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Critic Reviews for Howards End

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

The performances are impeccable, but honours go to Thompson, who manages to make Margaret's saintliness actually seem seductive.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's time for legislation decreeing that no one be allowed to make a screen adaptation of a novel of any quality whatsoever if Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala are available, and if they elect to do the job.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The film serves Forster by taking to heart the book's epigraph: "Only connect."

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A film seething with anger, passion, greed and emotional violence. That the characters are generally well-behaved says less about their manners than their inhibitions.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Howards End

The Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's "Howards End" is a flat out masterpiece. It's the perfect storm of literature, production design, ensemble acting, costumes, lavish cinematography and beautiful dialogue. The film is emotionally resonant, existentially complex, and profoundly thrilling at times. For a two and a half hour film, the pacing is engaging and lively thanks to the precisely placed camera and magnetic performances. This is tremendous filmmaking.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

Howards End is so stunningly beautiful it's like looking at a 140-minute long postcard. It's also just as slow-paced, though. And quite talky. But watching these incredible characters talk, quarrel and love is what makes this film a pleasure. The cast is impeccable: Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Redgrave, Samuel West, Nicola Duffett and Anthony Hopkins deliver top-notch performances.

Good movie with insights into different classes.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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