The Europeans (1979)




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In the middle of the 19th century, the stern and somewhat puritanical values of native New Englanders were little changed from early Colonial times. In this adaptation of Henry James' novel The Europeans, The Countess Eugenia (Lee Remick) and her brother Robert (Robin Ellis) are expatriate Americans who have grown up mainly in Europe. They have also grown accustomed to living well and have returned to see their New England relatives to try and take advantage of their prosperity by contracting an advantageous marriage with one of their wealthy cousins. The American cousins see them as charming, well-educated, and shockingly dissolute. Despite some successes, Eugenia is unable to achieve her objectives, but Robert fares somewhat better. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Lee Remick
as Eugenia Young
Robin Ellis
as Robert Acton
Wesley Addy
as Mr. Wentworth
Lisa Eichorn
as Gertrude
Lisa Eichhorn
as Gertrude Wentworth
Tim Choate
as Clifford Wentworth
Nancy New
as Charlotte Wentworth
Tim Woodward
as Felix Young
Kristin Griffith
as Lizzie Acton
Gedda Petty
as Augustine
Norman Snow
as Mr. Brand
Helen Stenborg
as Mrs. Acton
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Critic Reviews for The Europeans

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

This adaptation helped put James Ivory in the public consciousness for these Henry James costume dramas.

May 18, 2005
Denton Record-Chronicle

I found myself hoping that several of the storylines, and the poor acting that accompanied them, would simply disappear.

Full Review… | February 20, 2004
Apollo Guide

The Europeans is an engaging study of manners and morals.

Full Review… | January 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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January 6, 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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September 23, 2005
International Press Academy

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December 8, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Europeans

Though The Europeans is subdued and clever, I found myself hoping that several of the storylines would somehow disappear.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

TCM gave this 4 stars, & based on the Name, the fact that it was a Period(19th Century)Film, & that Lee Remick was in it, I DVR'd this with great anticipation.It's a story about an Upper Class New England Family who's life changes by the arrival of their Expatriate Cousins who grew up in Europe.Lee Remick plays the Countess Euginia, a Countess who married for title, but now seems to be of Pending Divorce & looking for a new financial sponsorship or Marriage by way of Feminine Whiles & Cleaver Trickery.Her Brother,Robert(Robin Ellis),woos & wins the hand of his Cousin who is repressed by the Puritanical Lifestyle her family has imposed on her, & is badly in need of adventure & change.You are always quite aware of the Countess Eugenia's objective,it drives the film & gives it all it's color, but you never are quite sure if Cousin Robert actually even cares for the young cousin he pursed with such intent for her money.I had high expectations that may have influenced my view of this film a bit, but generally I was disappointed by the lack of luster & slow pace.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

another lavish costume drama from the masters though not quite as filled out as their later efforts.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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