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Encyclopedia > Maurice (film)
Maurice
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Paul Bradley
Written by E. M. Forster
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
James Ivory
Starring James Wilby
Hugh Grant
Rupert Graves
Denholm Elliott
Simon Callow
Billie Whitelaw
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Pierre Lhomme
Editing by Katherine Wenning
Distributed by Cinecom Pictures (US)
Release date(s) 18 September 1987 (US)
Running time 140 min
Country Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language English
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Maurice is a 1987 film based on the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. A tale of homosexual love in early 20th century England, it follows Maurice Hall from his school days, through university and beyond. Download high resolution version (570x800, 45 KB)DVD cover for Maurice (1987 film) File links The following pages link to this file: Maurice ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Ismail Merchant (December 25, 1936 – May 25, 2005) was an Indian-born film producer, best known for the results of his famously long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions which included director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Paul Bradley - British Film Producer with Merchant Ivory. ... Edward Morgan Forster, OM (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. ... Kit Hesketh-Harvey is a British comic performer and scriptwriter (born Nyasaland, now Malawi, 1957). ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... James Wilby is a British actor for film, TV and stage, born in Rangoon, Burma on 20 February 1958. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor. ... Rupert Graves (born 30 June 1963) is an English actor. ... Elliott in The Signal-Man Denholm Mitchell Elliott (May 31, 1922 – October 6, 1992) was a distinguished British actor, well known for his appearances on stage, film and television. ... Simon Philip Hugh Callow, CBE (born June 15, 1949 in London, England) is a highly-regarded British actor of stage, film and television, and a biographer of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton. ... Billie Whitelaw, CBE (born June 6, 1932) is a distinguished English actress for both stage and film. ... Richard Robbins is American composer for Merchant Ivory Film mainly. ... Pierre Lhomme (b. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... E. M. Forsters Maurice Maurice is a novel attributed to E. M. Forster. ... Edward Morgan Forster, OM (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Produced by Merchant Ivory Productions and Channel Four Films, the film was directed by James Ivory and written by Ivory and Kit Hesketh-Harvey, produced by Ismail Merchant, with cinematography by Pierre Lhomme. James Ivory (left) and Ismail Merchant (right) in New York City in 1974. ... This article is about the British television station. ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Kit Hesketh-Harvey is a British comic performer and scriptwriter (born Nyasaland, now Malawi, 1957). ... Ismail Merchant (December 25, 1936 – May 25, 2005) was an Indian-born film producer, best known for the results of his famously long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions which included director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Pierre Lhomme (b. ...


Starring James Wilby as Maurice, Hugh Grant as Clive and Rupert Graves as Alec. The supporting cast included Denholm Elliott as Dr Barry, Simon Callow as Mr Ducie, Billie Whitelaw as Mrs Hall and Ben Kingsley as Lasker-Jones. James Wilby is a British actor for film, TV and stage, born in Rangoon, Burma on 20 February 1958. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor. ... Rupert Graves (born 30 June 1963) is an English actor. ... Elliott in The Signal-Man Denholm Mitchell Elliott (May 31, 1922 – October 6, 1992) was a distinguished British actor, well known for his appearances on stage, film and television. ... Simon Philip Hugh Callow, CBE (born June 15, 1949 in London, England) is a highly-regarded British actor of stage, film and television, and a biographer of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton. ... Billie Whitelaw, CBE (born June 6, 1932) is a distinguished English actress for both stage and film. ... Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE, (born December 31, 1943) is a British actor. ...

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Cast

Cameo James Wilby is a British actor for film, TV and stage, born in Rangoon, Burma on 20 February 1958. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor. ... Rupert Graves (born 30 June 1963) is an English actor. ... Elliott in The Signal-Man Denholm Mitchell Elliott (May 31, 1922 – October 6, 1992) was a distinguished British actor, well known for his appearances on stage, film and television. ... Simon Philip Hugh Callow, CBE (born June 15, 1949 in London, England) is a highly-regarded British actor of stage, film and television, and a biographer of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton. ... Billie Whitelaw, CBE (born June 6, 1932) is a distinguished English actress for both stage and film. ... (John) Barry Foster born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England on 21 August 1927, died 11 February 2002, of a heart attack while being cared for at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. ... Judy Parfitt (born on 7 November 1935 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) is a British theatre, film and television actress. ... Phoebe Nicholls (Born 1958), is an English actress best-remembered for her performance as Lady Cordelia Flyte, the youngest child of the Marchmain family, in the classic TV miniseries Brideshead Revisited . ... Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE, (born December 31, 1943) is a British actor. ... Patric Godfrey is a British actor for film, TV and stage. ... Mark Tandy is a film and television actor, born 8 February 1957 in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland. ... Kitty Aldridge (born Bahrain in 1962) is a British actress and writer // After training as an actress in London, she worked since in film, theatre and television as an actress. ... Helena Michell is an Australian actress. ... Catherine Rabett is a British actress whose highest profile role was as Cecily Cissy Meldrum in the BBC sitcom You Rang MLord? (1988-1993). ... Peter Eyre is a American actor, born in 11 March 1942, New York, New York. ... Orlando Wells (born June 9, 1973) is a British actor. ... Philip Fox (March 7, 1878–July 21, 1944) was an American astronomer and soldier. ... Chris Hunter (born November 27, 1972 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a former field hockey forward from Canada, who earned a total number of 69 international caps for the Womens National Team during her career in the 1990s. ... Miles Richardson as Irving Braxiatel Miles Richardson is a British radio, film, television and theatre actor. ... Harriet Thorpe is an English actress who has played a number of roles, some particularly memorable with most of them being of the ridiculous. ... Richard Warner co-founded the Power Metal band Kamelot with Thomas Youngblood in 1991. ...

  • Helena Bonham Carter - Lady at Cricket Match
  • Adrian Ross Magenty - Dickie Barry

Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ...

Differences in the film

Maurice is 11 at the beginning of the film, rather than 14. The film omits almost all of the novel's philosophical dialogue, and also many subplots such as Maurice's love for the schoolboy Dickie. It expands the Wildean character of Lord Risley and his 6-month imprisonment with hard labour for homosexual conduct (he is not imprisoned in the novel), in order to dramatise the dangers of Edwardian homosexuality and provide a plot device by which Clive feels he must reject Maurice. No such plot device was in the novel. In one deleted scene released in the 2002 edition, Risley actually ends up committing suicide, but this was not shown in the film. Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. ... The Edwardian period or Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period 1901 to 1910, the reign of King Edward VII. It is sometimes extended to include the period to the start of World War I in 1914 or even the end of the war in 1918. ...


While undergoing hypnosis by Dr. Lasker-Jones in a desperate attempt to "cure" himself, Maurice reveals to him that he has slept with Alec Scudder. Lasker-Jones warns Maurice that at one time homosexuals were executed in Britain. In spite of this warning, Lasker-Jones, especially in the film, seems to be the most affirming character. Despite most of society's condemnations, he suggests that Maurice consider relocating to a country where homosexuality is not illegal and more tolerated, like France or Italy. Maurice asks him if England will ever change its attitudes towards homosexuality, to which Lasker-Jones replied that "England has always been disinclined to accept human nature."


The place of the final tryst between Maurice and Alec Scudder has a certain homoerotic symbolism when seen in the movie; the pseudo-Elizabethan boathouse alludes both to the Arts and Crafts movement that was so associated with Edward Carpenter (a visit by E.M. Forster to Carpenter and his lover George Merrill inspired the writing of Maurice), and also to the Elizabethan England of Christopher Marlowe ("all they that love not tobacco and boys are fools") and the Sonnets of Shakespeare. In the novel the "greenwood and the night" serve as the place of refuge, and the boathouse is only alluded to. An example of lesbian erotica by Édouard-Henri Avril. ... The Elizabethan Era is the period associated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603) and is often considered to be a golden age in English history. ... Artichoke wallpaper, by John Henry Dearle for William Morris & Co. ... Edward Carpenter in 1875. ... This article is about the English dramatist. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ...


DVD

In 2002 a special edition DVD of the film was released with a new documentary and deleted scenes with director's commentary. Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...


Awards

Venice Film Festival

Academy Awards The Venice Film Festival ( ) is the oldest film festival in the world. ... James Wilby is a British actor for film, TV and stage, born in Rangoon, Burma on 20 February 1958. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor. ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Richard Robbins is American composer for Merchant Ivory Film mainly. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

  • 1988 Nominated, Best Costume Design (Jenny Beavan, John Bright)

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