Remains of the Day-Special Edition

Directed By: James Ivory Starring: Anthony Hopkins Emma Thompson

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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).


Studio Sony
SKU 40160451
UPC 043396710979
UPC 14 00043396710979
Format DVD
Release Date 2/26/2008
Rating Rating
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
New York Times "...Enchantingly realized....The film] has its own, securely original cinematic life..." 11/05/1993 p.C1
Variety "...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
James Ivory
Anthony Hopkins
Emma Thompson
Cast & Crew
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Christopher Reeve - Actor
Emma Thompson - Actor
Hugh Grant - Actor
James Fox - Actor
Kazuo Ishiguro - Based On Novel By
James Ivory - Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts - Director of Photography
Richard Robbins - Musical Score
Ismail Merchant, et al. - Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 71097
UPC 00043396710979
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 134 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1994) Anthony Hopkins, Nominee, Best Actor,Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress,James Ivory, Nominee, Best Director,Luciana Arrighi, Ian Whittaker, Nominee, Best Art Directon--Set Decoration,Jenny Beavan, John Bright, Nominee, Best Costume Design,Richard Robbins, Nominee, Best Music--Original Score,Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium,Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay
British Academy Awards (1994) Anthony Hopkins, Nominee, Best Actor,Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress,Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay,Tony Pierce-Roberts, Nominee, Best Cinematography,James Ivory, Nominee, David Lean Award For Direction
Golden Globe (1994) James Ivory, Nominee, Best Director--Motion Picture,Anthony Hopkins, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama,Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hopkins,Anthony
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a subtle, thoughtful movie.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Sir Anthony Hopkins gives a landmark performance...
Michael Medved, New York Post A magnificient movie.
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV, New York You won't see a better movie...
Rita Kempley, Washington Post Thompson...infuses the film with warmth, humor and enormous passion... Hopkins gives the performance of his life...

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