Thursday, June 20, 2013

Maurice



1987 British Feature

Cast: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Mark Tandy, Phoebe Nicholls, Billie Whitelaw and Ben Kingsley
Director: James Ivory
Writer: Kit-Hesketh-Harvey and James Ivory, based on the novel by E.M. Forster

Synopsis:
The young Maurice Hall meets Clive Durham at Cambridge University and the two fall in love, yet the oppressiveness of Edwardian society forces them apart. While Clive hides in marriage, Maurice struggles to come to terms with his sexuality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 82%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 8.8 %
  • OMG rating: 9 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
  • Venice Film Festival Silver Lion Award, Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor (Wilby and Grant) and Golden Osella Award for Best Score.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The title is pronounced "Morris", the English pronunciation.
  • E.M. Forster wrote Maurice from 1913 onwards, yet resisted its publication during his lifetime because of public and legal attitudes to homosexuality; a note found on the manuscript read: "Publishable, but worth it?". It was only published in 1971, a year after Forster's death.
  • Casting Call: John Malkovich and Julian Sands.
  • Helena Bonham Carter, star of Merchant Ivory's previous E.M. Forster adaptation A Room with a View, makes an uncredited cameo appearance in the cricket match scene.
  • A stage adaptation of the novel, written by Roger Parsley and Andy Graham, was first produced in the UK in 1998.
  • A Los Angeles queer punk rock, film and performance art festival called Scutterfest was named after Scudder, Rupert Graves' character in this film.
  • Twenty years after the release of Maurice, James Wilby and Rupert Graves again co-starred as gay characters in another movie, Clapham Junction.

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