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Howards End

HD   PG Closed Captioning

James Ivory

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About the Movie

Named Best Picture of the Year and nominated for nine 1992 Academy Awards® (including Best Picture,Best Director and Best Actress), Howards End is a dazzling adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel of Edwardian England. The film tells the story of the Schlegel sisters, Margaret (Emma Thompson) and Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); of a rich businessman, Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins), and his frail wife, Ruth (Vanessa Redgrave), and their children; and of an unhappily married young bank clerk, Leonard Bast (Sam West), whom the Schlegel sisters befriend. These three families are in complete contrast to each other. Margaret and Helen are idealistic, independent and highly educated. The Wilcox’s are uncultured and utterly conventional. Leonard Bast is poor and underprivileged, but with intellectual aspirations. Unexpectedly, when Mrs. Wilcox dies, Mr. Wilcox proposes to and is accepted by Margaret Schlegel. Her sister Helen is shattered by this marriage, and in reaction to it, turns to Leonard Bast. The story has become a tangle of opposites, and through the agency of Mr. Wilcox's son Charles (James Wilby), it turns to tragedy. But in the end, thanks to the moral strength of Margaret, who believes that opposites can meet, that different kinds of people can connect, there is a resolution that is almost a triumph.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's time for legislation decreeing that no one be allowed to make a screen adaptation of a novel of any quality whatsoever if Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala are available, and if they elect to do the job. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Aug 24, 2016

Fresh: The triumph of Howards End is that it doesn't merely invite us to feel for these characters. With something like grace, it shows us the error and the splendor of their ways. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 24, 2016

Fresh: The film serves Forster by taking to heart the book's epigraph: "Only connect." – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 24, 2016

Fresh: Elegant and powerful, accommodating collisions of class and temperament with the grace of a perfect Edwardian hostess, Howards End is the work to which all Merchant Ivory's other films have pointed and aspired. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Aug 24, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Great but a little boring

Great acting and plot
But the dialogue can get a little long.
But other than that it is a well crafted movie.

Howards End
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1992

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