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Maurice (1987)

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Release Date
Sep 18, 1987 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 6, 2001

Budget USD 2,600,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 20 minutes

Country UK

Studio Cinecom Pictures, Film Four International, Merchant-Ivory Productions

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, School / Campus, Period Piece, Coming Of Age, Society, Marriage, Love

Plot: E.M. Forster’s provocative 1914 novel, published posthumously in 1971, is brought to the screen by director James Ivory in this beautifully photographed film. Set in pre-World War I England, the film concerns the coming of age of two young men who meet at Cambridge University and fall in love. Maurice (James Wilby, who played Anthony Hopkins’s son, Charles Wilcox, in REMAINS OF THE DAY) and Clive (Hugh Grant) struggle with their hearts within the confines of a rigid society’s moral hypocrisy. Clive eventually succumbs to a traditional life after witnessing the social banishment and imprisonment endured by another gay friend, Viscount Risley (Mark Tandy). But Maurice struggles with his sexual desires and chooses a more difficult, but honest, way of life. When a young gamekeeper (Rupert Graves) returns his affections, Maurice experiences his first real happiness. The film deals with trademark Merchant-Ivory themes involving individuals who are trapped by their society's strict conventions and who often attempt to break free, with varying consequences of fulfillment or disaster.

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 Directed by
James Ivory
The Remains of the Day, A Room with a View, Howards End
 Written by
E.M. Forster
A Room with a View, Howards End, A Passage to India
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale
Hugh Grant
Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, Love Actually
Simon Callow
Shakespeare in Love, Amadeus, The Phantom of the Opera
Ben Kingsley
Schindler's List, Gandhi, Lucky Number Slevin
James Wilby
Gosford Park, Howards End, De-Lovely
Rupert Graves
A Room with a View, The Madness of King George, Damage
Denholm Elliott
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Trading Places
Billie Whitelaw
Quills, The Omen, The Dark Crystal
 Music By
Richard Robbins
The Remains of the Day, A Room with a View, Howards End

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