icon Film Profile: The Remains of the Day - (1993)
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7.3/10 Stars
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"Diamond in the Rough"


  • Director: James Ivory
  • Genre: Drama, Romance,
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Widescreen | Duration: 135 Mins

This impeccable adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning novel stars Anthony Hopkins as the emotionally repressed butler and Emma Thompson as the housekeeper he possibly loves. Framed in flashbacks, the story is an English twist on Jean Renoir's classic La R├Ęgle du Jeu, a broad view of a narrow class of aristocrats on the verge of self-destruction. Co-starring James Fox as a fascistic English lord and Christopher Reeve as an American diplomat (the past and present owners of Darlington Hall), it is as much a study in power and politics as it is Hopkins's blinkered view of the world from behind the gleaming silver salvers. The 1930s and 40s settings are immaculately staged, and, unlike James Ivory's earlier dramatisations of EM Forster, this picture has real backbone: Ivory's direction is alive to every nuance and chink of the sherry glasses.
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Cast List:
Stevens : Anthony Hopkins
Miss Kenton : Emma Thompson
Lord Darlington : James Fox
Lewis : Christopher Reeve
Father : Peter Vaughan
Cardinal : Hugh Grant
Dupont D'Ivry : Michael Lonsdale
Benn : Tim Pigott-Smith
Auctioneer : John Haycraft
Landlady : Caroline Hunt
Mrs Mortimer : Paula Jacobs
Charlie : Ben Chaplin
George : Steve Dibben
Housemaid : Abigail Harrison
Spencer : Patrick Godfrey
Sir Leonard Bax : Peter Cellier
Canon Tufnell : Peter Halliday
Trimmer : Terence Bayler
Viscount Biggs : Jeffry Wickham
Scullery boy : Hugh Sweetman
Baroness : Brigitte Kahn
Doctor Meredith : John Savident
Postmaster : Tony Aitken
Elsa : Emma Lewis
Irma : Joanna Joseph
Sir Geoffrey Wren : Rupert Vansittart
Wren's friend : Christopher M Brown
Lizzie : Lena Headey
Harry Smith : Paul Copley
Publican : Ian Redford
Publican's wife : Jo Kendall
Andrews : Steven Beard
Doctor Carlisle : Pip Torrens
Prime minister : Frank Shelley
Lord Halifax : Peter Eyre

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