A Room With a View 1985

A Room With a View

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The hard edges of E.M. Foster novel maybe sanded off, but what we get with A Room with a View is an eminently entertaining comedy with an intellectual approach to love.

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In this British drama based on the novel by E.M. Forster, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter), a young Englishwoman, is touring Italy with her older cousin (Maggie Smith). At a hotel in Florence, Lucy meets the charming and free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands). Although intrigued by George, once she's back in England Lucy ponders settling down with the wealthy, staid Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis). When George reappears in her life, Lucy must decide between him and Cecil.

Cast & Crew

Helena Bonham Carter
Lucy Honeychurch
Maggie Smith
Charlotte Bartlett, a chaperon
Julian Sands
George Emerson
Denholm Elliott
Mr. Emerson, an English tourist
Simon Callow
The Reverend Mr. Beebe
Judi Dench
Eleanor Lavish, a novelist
Rosemary Leach
Mrs. Honeychurch
Rupert Graves
Freddy Honeychurch
Patrick Godfrey
The Reverend Mr. Eager, Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Florence
E.M. Forster
Writer (Novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Writer (Screenplay)
Paul Bradley
Associate Producer
Peter Marangoni
Associate Producer
Richard Robbins
Original Music
Tony Pierce-Roberts
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Critic Reviews for A Room With a View

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  • If amusing, "A Room With a View" is little more than a lark, a series of skits, a two-hour tribute to the rich British eccentric.

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 19, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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...

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "A Room With a View" is an artistically told tale of a Victorian-era "Little-Miss-Can't-Be-Wrong" learning to follow her heart and live her bliss.

    January 14, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Room With a View

  • Mar 03, 2014
    Helena Bonham Carter has the big big 80s hair and of course the acting ability to match wits with Maggie Smith and Daniel Day Lewis. A Merchant-Ivory period piece yes..but one with some heart to it.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2012
    Nice movie. Not my favorite of this genre, but satisfying. A little slow.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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