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A Room With a View (1985)

A Room With a View (1985)

A Room With a View




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Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, A Room with a View is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. Set during the Edwardian Era, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, who like all proper young British ladies is compelled to tour Europe in the company of an older chaperone -- in this instance, her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith). While in Italy, the ladies make the acquaintance of a wide variety of personalities; the most fascinating of their fellow tourists -- at least in Lucy's eyes -- is free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands). Aware that her cousin is becoming too familiar with Emerson, Charlotte demands that Lucy return to England posthaste. Lucy complacently settles for the tiresomely traditional courtship of nerdish Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis) -- and then Mr. Emerson moves into the neighborhood. Lucy now finds herself on the horns of a dilemma: Should she opt for a safe, proper marriage to Cecil, or the bohemian unpredictability of the charismatic Emerson? A winner of three Academy Awards, A Room with a View is not what one could call fast-moving, but fans of the Merchant-Ivory team will enjoy luxuriating in the film's leisurely pace and stimulating cast of characters.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
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On DVD: Jul 4, 2000
Cinecom Pictures


Maggie Smith
as Charlotte
Helena Bonham Carter
as Lucy Honeychurch
Simon Callow
as Reverend Beebe
Judi Dench
as Miss Lavish
Rosemary Leach
as Mrs. Honeychurch
Fabia Drake
as Catherine
Joan Henley
as Teresa Alan
Maria Britneva
as Mrs. Vyse
Amanda Walker
as The Cockney Signora
Peter Cellier
as Sir Harry Otway
Mia Fothergill
as Minnie Beebe
Patricia Lawrence
as Mrs. Butterworth
Mirio Guidelli
as Santa Croce Guide
Matyelok Gibbs
as The New Charlotte an...
Kitty Aldridge
as The New Charlotte an...
Freddy Korner
as Mr. Floyd
Lucca Rossi
as Phaeton
Isabella Celani
as Persephone
Luigi di Fiore
as Murdered Youth
Luigi Di Fiori
as Murdered Youth
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Critic Reviews for A Room With a View

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (4)

A thoroughly entertaining screen adaptation of novelist E.M. Forster's comedy of manners about the Edwardian English upper class at home and abroad, distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design.

Full Review… | November 19, 2008
Top Critic

Decent, honest, truthful and, dearest of all to Forster, it connects.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A Room With a View is not only uncharacteristically benign for Forster, but also blithely, elegantly funny, which is a fit description of [this]first-rate film adaptation...

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

It is an intellectual film, but intellectual about emotions: It encourages us to think about how we feel, instead of simply acting on our feelings.

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

The film's charms are many but they are not the sort that resonate with any aspect of human behaviour with which I am familiar. When you get this English, or this Edwardian, or, rather, late Victorian, really, it's like science fiction, I suppose.

Full Review… | November 17, 2015
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A 19-year-old Helena Bonham Carter makes her striking film debut.

Full Review… | October 10, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for A Room With a View


Lovely movie. Saw it this time on DVD and it was a splendid way to pass a dreary Sunday afternoon. I love Mr. B, the preacher, the best. Helena Bonham Carter is, of course, the coolest with Maggie Smith a close second.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

A young woman falls for a man during her vacation in Italy, but social pressures and his passionate nature make a fop the more socially acceptable choice.
Daniel Day-Lewis can play tough, gruff, evil characters like Bill the Butcher and Daniel Plainview and even the sexually voracious Tomas, but can he play an upper-class fop? Yes, he can. The man's range is extraordinary.
This film is everything that is good and bad about a Merchant/Ivory production. It's opulent, classic, and essentially British, but it's also occasionally boring, making the most of the most trifling conflicts. Part of this is film's inability as a medium to make compelling commonplace disagreements in a way that is unique to books, but Ivory's direction, distant shots of four or more characters, accentuates the germane nature of the film's tiny conflicts -- about a room with a view, the settling of accounts, and a writer's fictionalizing of a character's dalliance.
Overall, if you like Merchant/Ivory films, then you've probably already seen this one, and if you don't, this isn't much different from the rest.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Nice movie. Not my favorite of this genre, but satisfying. A little slow.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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