Howards End

Howards End

Director: James Ivory Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave


One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster's classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film's catalyst is "poor relation" Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film's principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife (Nicola Duffett). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film's wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel's famous epigram, to "only connect" with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi's art direction.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2005
UPC: 0037429198223
Original Release: 1992
Rating: PG
Source: Merchant Ivory
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:22:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Stunning new high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions; New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Building Howards End; The Wandering Company; Original 1992 behind-the-scenes featurette; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Henry Wilcox
Emma Thompson Margaret Schlegel
Vanessa Redgrave Ruth Wilcox
Helena Bonham Carter Helen Schlegel
James Wilby Charles Wilcox
Samuel West Leonard Bast
Jemma Redgrave Evie Wilcox
Nicola Duffett Jacky Bast
Prunella Scales Aunt Juley
Barbara Hicks Miss Avery
Joseph Bennett Paul Wilcox
Jo Kendall Annie
Mark Payton Percy Cahill
Simon Callow Music Lecturer
Jim Bowden Marlett
Allie Byrne Blue Stocking
Crispin Bonham Carter Col. Fussell
Peter Cellier Colonel Fussell
Jocelyn Cobb Telegraph Operator
Peter Darling Doctor
David Delaney Simpson's Carver
Bridget Duvall Blue Stocking
Celestia Fox Actor
Lucy Freeman Blue Stocking
Sally Geoghegan Blue Stocking
Antony Gilding Bank Supervisor
Barr Heckstall-Smith Helen's Child
Alan James Porphyrion Chief Clerk
Anne Lambton Luncheon Guest
Ian Latimer Station Master
Patricia Lawrence Wedding Guest
Tina Leslie Blue Stocking
Susie Lindeman Dolly Wilcox
Brian Lipson Police Inspector
Margery Mason Wedding Guest
Mary McWilliams Wilcox Baby
Mary Nash Pianist
Gerald Paris Porphyrion Supervisor
Luke Parry Tom-the Farmer's Boy
Siegbert Prawer Man Asking a Question
Adrian Ross-Magenty Tibby Schlegel
Rodney Rymell Chauffeur
Terence Sach Delivery Man
Andrew St. Clair Luncheon Guest
Harriet Stewart Blue Stocking
Mark Tandy Luncheon Guest
Atlanta White Maid at Howards End

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Bradley Executive Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Celestia Fox Casting
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Andrew Marcus Editor
Ismail Merchant Producer
Chris Newman Asst. Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
John Ralph Art Director
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Ann Wingate Co-producer
E.M. Forster Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Howards End
1. Opening Credits/Dearsest Meg [5:31]
2. "Tell No One" [6:09]
3. Sublime Noie [6:00]
4. The Flat Opposite [8:10]
5. "Not in This World" [4:28]
6. Too Apt to Brood [7:36]
7. Not Cancelled, but Postponed [4:33]
8. Burnt Wishes and Honey Air [6:07]
9. A Born Explorer [5:59]
10. Overexpressive [4:36]
11. A Pleasure and a Privilege [5:41]
12. "Do You Ever Get Lonely?" [4:12]
13. The Poor are Poor [1:28]
14. Her Way of Walking [5:05]
15. A Perverted Sense of Philanthropy [5:18]
16. No Time Like the Present [6:19]
17. Far From a Saint [6:24]
18. When People Fail You [6:20]
19. Who is Who and What is What [6:22]
20. A Question of Madness [5:38]
21. Forgiveness [6:20]
22. An Untimely Death [8:04]
23. The Following Summer [5:33]
24. "I Didn't do Wrong, Did I?"/End Credits [5:45]

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Howards End 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie is amazing, but I'm so very very annoyed that Criterion is discontinuing this film, and Barnes and Noble has stopped selling it here too. I am beyond angry...
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This movie is my all-time favorite. Everything about this movie is perfection; the cast, the acting, the music, the stupendous cinematography, the costumes, the sets, and the story. The story-line, or plot, is very karmic, and also a great commentary of its era. Howard's End is a beautiful story by E.M. Forrester, and this adaptation brings it to life. I believe the performances of Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Hopkins are their most brilliant of their careers. This particular release, by Criterion, is well worth the money spent, as this is a quality DVD all-around. The extras are superb, with interviews of many of the people involved in this lavish, but budgeted, production. I highly recommend this movie, and this particular release on DVD!
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