|Starring:||James Wilby, Patrick Godfrey, Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham-Carter, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Billie Whitelaw, Barry Foster, Judy Parfitt, Phoebe Nicholls|
|Rental release:||04 Oct 1999|
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Excellent movieBy Adrian from London, England , 02 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The movie follows the lives of two young men, Maurice and Clive, both of whom are gay and living in early 1900's England. The movie starts when they are in college and then follows their lives over the next few years.
Initially both Clive and Maurice appear to accept their sexuality and relationship, but as time goes on they both begin to struggle with living in an intolerant 1900's society. They find themselves being forced into having to deal with their sexuality and the social consequences of being gay. Clive gets married to a woman he obviously doesn't really love, while Maurice continues to struggle with his feelings of guilt but still 'refuses' to give in and adopt a truly heterosexual lifestyle. Throughout the film they remain in contact, and at one point Maurice even ends up living in the house with Clive and his wife. The family all seem to like Maurice, and Clive's wife can tell Maurice is in love, but thinks it's with a mysterious girl in London, not her husband. An unexpected twist (well, I did't see it coming, maybe others will) comes later in the film which, to me, is what made the message behind this film so good.
If nothing else, the film gave me an appreciation of just how hard it must have been to be gay in Britain less than 100 years ago. (This really hit home to me when I saw Maurice being sent to jail after being tricked into making a pass at an uncover policeman).
While the first half hour or so is a bit slow, once it got going I was glued to the screen. The movie is shot in an interesting way... despite running for over 2 hours it rarely dwells on any scene or idea for more than a few minutes, making the story seem a bit 'jumpy'. But once you get into it, this actually means the story moves quite quickly and covers a lot of ground in a short period of time.
While the film is about a gay couple, I think it would be suitable to just about anyone. It's ultimately a love story filled with both pain and happiness, the only difference from most films is that it's about love shared between men.
I rented this on recommendation from a friend and liked it so much I purchased the DVD to add to my collection. It's a brilliant film.
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Superb ActingBy a customer , 27 Jul 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI was recommened to watch this film and was not dissapointed. For once I have seen a film which shows another side to Hugh Grant. Why does he not get more roles like this one. Superb film about feelings for another man in a era which was forbidden. One to watch and recommend
A must see Film.By Ian750 (23 reviews) from Hove , 20 Apr 2013A superb film, wonderfully acted. James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves stand out in a very strong cast with Judy Parfitt, Billie Whitelaw, Denholm Elliot and Simon Callow also excellent. Very moving rendition of E M Forsters superb novel.
Slow to build but worth persisting withBy Ausdragon (11 reviews) , 09 Aug 2012The movie starts slowly and takes a while for a coherent storyline to emerge. This is in large part due to the fact that it follows E. M. Forster's book so closely; the opening chapters there are necessarily 'stuffy' as they describe the claustrophobic and homophobic Edwardian era.
But the movie finally takes off when Maurice decides to take action against his 'sickness'. The 'therapy' scenes are, simultaneously shocking and hysterically funny (the doctor's advice to help him restore his manhood includes 'strolling round with a gun'!).
And then Scudder (Rupert Graves) the gamekeeper climbs into Maurice's bedroom window one night...Temptation indeed!
It's certainly no action movie but it's a very realistic and gripping portrait of Edwardian attitudes towards homosexuality. E. M. Forster wrote the book in 1912 but insisted it wasn't published until after his death - in 1971. That, in itself, is a strong indicator of the stigma attached to it.
A great way to spend your timeBy anthonyb (8 reviews) from Hastings , 10 Jun 2012Even though this film was made in 1987 it still remains one of my all time favourite 'friend of Dorothy' films. Its stylish, accurate, beautifully filmed and a very experienced cast. I recommend this fully - and as for Scudder - well, everyone neeeds an under game keeper to look after your wild life. Enjoy
A GOOD WATCHBy Em1981 (133 reviews) from London , 05 Apr 2012This film was good , very interesting about two young men who deal with there homosexuality in two very different ways one covers it up the other wants to free himself of the chains of living a lie and conforming to society. I have upmost respect for anyone who refuses to conform, it shows such strength of character. How horrible to have to live a lie. A great thought provoking film recommend if you like films that make you ask questions and think.