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This excellent film is probably best described as subtle elegance. Framed in the present, the movie deals with the lives inside an English country home just prior to World War II. Reunited with the filmmakers from Howards End are Emma Thompson as Miss Kenton, the head housekeeper, and Anthony Hopkins as Stevens, the impeccable butler. The bittersweet story centers on Stevens and his dedication to his master, Lord Darlington (a suitably officious and slyly pompous James Fox). Stevens summarizes: "I don't believe a man can consider himself fully content until he has done all he can to be of service to his employer." Enveloping Stevens's world are the pending war with Germany, Darlington's horribly misguided interests in said war, and, most effectively, his relationship with Miss Kenton. Stevens is the very essence of repression, but as played by Hopkins he is neither piteous nor self-righteous. Like his master, Stevens becomes misguided in his loyalties, although his is an emotional deprivation, possibly condemning him to lifelong regret. There's so much going on in this film, and yet the action is skillfully depicted through understanding and knowing glances, through emotions expressed only through eye contact. Like other Merchant-Ivory-Ruth Prawer Jhabvala collaborations, this film is sumptuous to look at, capturing the period effectively and affectingly. Jhabvala respectfully adapts from the Kazuo Ishiguro novel. Excellent in supporting roles are Christopher Reeve, Ben Chaplin, and Hugh Grant. --N.F. Mendoza --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a movie to watch if you like great acting and superb writing. Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are terrific together. The movie also has a strong supporting cast.Published 1 month ago by Steve Vowles
There is a reason this movie was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, it's simply fantastic! Top notch performances from everyone and in particular the 2 leads. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Derek G St John
What a pleasure to enjoy this movie again. I'm so glad that Amazon still has these classic movies for sale.Published 9 months ago by happy
Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Kazuo Ishiguro. I would give it five stars, but like most movies, it cannot quite deliver on the nuances of the source novel.Published 14 months ago by Nancy Faraday
This "remains" a classic, and will continue to be so. The actors are first class also the settings and scenery.Published 17 months ago by Barrie Fisher