The Bostonians

1984, Drama, 2h 2m

13 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Based on Henry James' novel, Merchant-Ivory's The Bostonians tells the story of Olive Chancellor, a 19th-century Boston woman dedicated to the suffrage movement who takes Verena Tarrant, a radical young woman, under her wing. But her cousin, is a male chauvinist who wants to marry and domesticate the young woman and a battle of wills ensues over her future.

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Vanessa Redgrave
Olive Chancellor
Madeleine Potter
Verena Tarrant

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  • Apr 14, 2008
    Christopher Reeve is good if a bit stiff and Vanessa Redgrave is exquisite as always but the pace is slow and the central character and lead actress lack a radiance and fire that is essential for the story to engage.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2007
    An early Merchant-Ivory offering. It frankly just isn't very good. Poor Christopher Reeve had real problems when he had to stretch himself.
    John B Super Reviewer

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