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About the Movie
Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster's Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one's sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for "the unspeakable vice of the Greeks," Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice, however, struggles with his identity and self-confidence, seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice is seduced by the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice's life and outlook. Cohen Film Collection is proud to present a gorgeous new 4K restoration from the original negative, overseen and approved by director James Ivory and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: With compassion, humor and detachment, James Ivory's superb film of E.M. Forster's "Maurice" takes us into the complacent, fixed world of Britain's privileged classes in the years immediately before World War I.
Fresh: Wilby cracks the character's genteel surface, releasing bursts of fear, pride, and relief. His Maurice is neither martyr nor saint, radical only in his choice to pursue happiness.
Fresh: It's woozy, unadulterated romance, an intoxicating tuxedo-ripper set against the elegant priggishness of England's post-Edwardian gentry.
My favorite movie
Maurice is my favorite movie of all time. I can't tell you how many times I've watched it. Hundreds? Have had it as a VHS copy and had to purchase a second copy on VHS in case I wore the tape out re-watching! I think it might have saved my life before coming out!
I read the novel "Maurice" by E.M. Forster a few years ago. It is a masterpiece. So glad this movie is available digitally now. While a movie could never replicate the impact of that well written novel, this was a great effort and I enjoyed it very much.
This was a really great film, and it must have been truly groundbreaking at the time. I would place it with Brokeback Mountain and CMBYN, a trilogy of sorts. While I was initially worried the film would be slow paced (as I am not a big fan of movies set in a historical context) I gave Maurice a shot and I am so glad I did! You know it's a good movie when you HAVE to watch it all in one sitting. I highly reccomend this film to all audiences.