Howards End

Howards End

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Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for Best Picture, director James Ivory's 1992 adaptation of EM Forster's novel depicts a battle of the classes in Edwardian England. Stars Emma Thompson in an Oscar- and BAFTA-winning role alongside screen legends Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter. More

A saga of class relations and changing times in an Edwardian England on the brink of modernity, the film centers on liberal Margaret Schlegel (Thompson), who, along with her sister Helen (Carter), becomes involved with two couples: wealthy, conservative industrialist Henry Wilcox (Hopkins) and his wife Ruth (Redgrave), and the downwardly mobile working-class Leonard Bast (Samuel West) and his mistress Jackie (Nicola Duffett).

Thompson was nominated for 13 awards for her performance that year - and won all of them. In a rather poetic turn of events, Hopkins (who won Best Actor the previous year for The Silence of the Lambs) presented his co-star Thompson with her Oscar at the 1993 Academy Awards. 

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1992Rating: PG142 minsJapan, UK, USAMerchant Ivory Productions, Film4 Productions, Japan Satellite Broadcasting (JSB), Imagica, Sumitomo Corporation
DramaRomanceHistoricalClassic

Howards End | Reviews

Best Actress (Thompson), Adapted Screenplay & Set Decoration, 1993 Academy Awards; Best Actress (Thompson) & Best Film, 1993 BAFTAs

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It's time for legislation decreeing that no one be allowed to make a screen adaptation of a novel of any quality whatsoever if Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala are available, and if they elect to do the job.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Like so many Merchant-Ivory films, Howards End is a luxurious frame without a picture.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

An elegant, if bland reworking of Forster's classic 1910 novel.

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The Times

The Times

The high watermark of Merchant Ivory film-making.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

In its own severe and occasionally stolid way, Howards End offers real passion.

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

A more troubling and rigorous inquest into a bygone era than usual.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

From start to finish, Howards End is a sumptuous visual delight. But the beauty of this film is far more than skin deep.

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