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Nominated for eight Academy Awards (1986), including Best Picture, and winner of three, Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Art Direction, A Room With a View is the film that cemented the reputation of Merchant Ivory as masters of the period film. A brilliant adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel, A Room With a View tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter). Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George (Julian Sands) and the priggish but socially suitable Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis). Boasting a brilliant supporting cast including Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Denholm Elliot and Simon Callow, A Room With a View is one of the most charming and delightful romantic comedies ever filmed.


Studio Warner
SKU 202314228
UPC 794051239525
UPC 14 00794051239525
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Name Bonham-Carter,Helen
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Brian Savegar - Art Director
Daniel Day-Lewis - Actor
Denholm Elliott - Actor
E.M. Forster - Based On Novel By
Elio Altramura - Art Director
Fabia Drake - Actor
Helena Bonham-Carter - Actor
Humphrey Dixon - Editor
James Ivory - Director
Judi Dench - Actor
Maggie Smith - Actor
Paul Bradley, et. al. - Producer
Richard Robbins - Original Music By
Rupert Graves - Actor
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Screenplay
Simon Callow - Actor
Tony Pierce-Roberts - Cinematographer
Winner (1987) British Academy Awards, Maggie Smith, Best Actress,British Academy Awards, Judi Dench, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,British Academy Awards, Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Best Film,British Academy Awards, Gianni Quaranta, Brian Ackland-Snow, Best Production Design,Golden Globe, Maggie Smith, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Independent Spirit, A Room With a View, Special Distinction Award,Oscar, Gianni Quaranta, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Jenny Beavan, John Bright, Best Costume Design,Oscar, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Winner (1985) British Academy Awards, Jenny Beavan, John Bright, Best Costume Design
ReviewSource BFI Screen Online
Review The film delights in its literary heritage, even choosing to use the novel's (published 1908) chapter headings as intertitles. Jhabvala's Oscar-winning script captures Forster's wit, language, and affectionate tone: she pokes gentle fun at the English abroad and their preoccupation with class, social conventions, and etiquette. Yet, the film is more than social satire: like many of Forster/s novels, at the heart of A Room With A View is the conflict between human desire and society's moral codes. Jhabvala successfully navigates the more idealistic and serious aspects of the novel without resorting to sentimentality; the result is a romance with comic elements, rather than a romantic comedy...The combination of postcard-pretty scenery, gorgeous costumes, and soaring classical soundtrack result in a glossy confection that perhaps slips down a little too easily. But the beautiful wrappings belie an enlightened treatise on the nature of love and freedom that remains relevant to contemporary audiences.
Reviewer Louise Watson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The story moves at a deliberate pace, with occasional dramatic interruptions for great passion. The dialogue is stately and abstract, except when all of a sudden it turns direct and honest. The perfor- mances are perfectly balanced between the heart and the mind...At the center of everything stands Lucy, who is played by Helena Bonham Carter, that dark-browed, stubborn little girl from "Lady Jane." Maggie Smith is wonderfully dotty as her companion. Denholm Elliott, the most dependable of all British character actors, steals scene after scene as George's free-thinking father. Julian Sands is the intense young George Emerson. And Daniel Day Lewis creates a masterpiece in his performance as Cecil; give him a monocle and a butterfly, and he could be on the cover of the New Yorker..."A Room with a View" enjoys its storytelling so much that I enjoyed the very process of it. The story moved slowly, it seemed, for the same reason you try to make ice cream last: because it's so good.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Bonham-Carter,Helen
Label BBC Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dan Jardine, Apollo Movie Guide ...a complete movie, full of life, love and hope.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Elegant and witty adaptation...Splendid performances...
The Motion Picture Guide The acting is superb...Carter compensates for her lack of experience with her breathtaking beauty and innocence.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Truly romantic, but there's much humor, too.
Vincent Camby, The New York Times Elegantly funny. A Room With a View is like a holiday out of time.

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