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Format: DVD
Sku: 40160451
UPC: 043396710979
UPC 14: 00043396710979
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence Of The Lambs, Howards End) and Emma Thompson (Howards End, Wit) reunite with the acclaimed Merchant Ivory filmmaking team for this extraordinary and moving story of blind devotion and repressed love. Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler--an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths, as he serves his master Lord Darlington, beautifully played by James Fox (The Servant). Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Thompson stars as the estate's housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror. Despite her apprehensions, she and Stevens gradually fall in love, although neither will admit it, and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments. Marvelously acted by a supporting cast that includes Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant, The Remains Of The Day is "...absolutely perfect" (Pat Collins, WWOR-TV).

"...a subtle, thoughtful movie.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sir Anthony Hopkins gives a landmark performance...  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A magnificient movie.  Michael Medved, New York Post
"You won't see a better movie...  Pat Collins, WWOR-TV, New York
"Thompson...infuses the film with warmth, humor and enormous passion... Hopkins gives the performance of his life...  Rita Kempley, Washington Post

Editor's Note
James Ivory directed this quietly moving film set just prior to World War II. On the large English estate of Lord Darlington (James Fox), a disciplined English butler, Stevens (Anthony Hopkins), devotes himself to his duties with rigorous dedication. Like his father (Peter Vaughan) before him, Stevens lives to serve--to bring order and certainty to the estate's minutiae. Though Stevens has the opportunity to break free of this mold in the form of a romance with the spirited housekeeper, Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), he chooses to remain within the safe structure of the household, even one that has misguided loyalties to Nazi Germany. Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant costar as men hoping to show Lord Darlington the danger of his allegiances. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY was Merchant-Ivory's follow-up to HOWARDS END, which also starred Hopkins and Thompson; both actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their roles as dutiful servants in the later film.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/5/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 134 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 71097
Video UPC UPC: 00043396710979
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins
Video Cast Info Christopher Reeve
Video Cast Info Emma Thompson
Video Cast Info Hugh Grant
Video Cast Info James Fox
Video Cast Info Kazuo Ishiguro - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info James Ivory - Director
Video Cast Info Tony Pierce-Roberts - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Richard Robbins - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ismail Merchant, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Set just prior to World War II, this poignant story finds a disciplined English butler devoting himself to his duties at the expense of love and personal freedom. The sensitively handled Merchant-Ivory film received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Best Actress for stars Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.


Oscar (1994)
   Video Award Name Anthony Hopkins, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress
   Video Award Name James Ivory, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Luciana Arrighi, Ian Whittaker, Nominee, Best Art Directon--Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Jenny Beavan, John Bright, Nominee, Best Costume Design
   Video Award Name Richard Robbins, Nominee, Best Music--Original Score
   Video Award Name Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

British Academy Awards (1994)
   Video Award Name Anthony Hopkins, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress
   Video Award Name Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay
   Video Award Name Tony Pierce-Roberts, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name James Ivory, Nominee, David Lean Award For Direction

Golden Globe (1994)
   Video Award Name James Ivory, Nominee, Best Director--Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Anthony Hopkins, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama
   Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama

Oscar (1994)
   Video Award Name Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Enchantingly realized....The film] has its own, securely original cinematic life..." 11/05/1993 p.C1

"...All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior acting that one expects from Merchant Ivory productions have been brought to bear on THE REMAINS OF THE DAY....Continuously absorbing..." 10/04/1993

Chicago Sun-Times
"...The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful....There are emotional upheavals in it, but they take place in shadows and corners, in secret..." 11/05/1993 p.47

Entertainment Weekly
"...Ponderous, restrained, and achingly beautiful, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY has long been considered one of the very best of Merchant Ivory..." 11/09/2001 p.87

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hopkins,Anthony
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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