A Room with a View (1985)

 


 

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy\’s life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

Written by
Bridget Jones

Lucy Honeychurch, a young Englishwoman, makes her first visit to Florence, Italy in the early 1900\’s. There, she meets a quiet yet eccentric young man named George Emerson. Upon her return to England, Lucy must decide whether to follow through with her marriage to her stotic fiance, Cecil, or follow her heart and her growing attraction to George.

Written by
Liza Esser <[email protected]>

Genre: Comedy,Drama,Romance

A Room with a View (1985)
   
Release Date: 11 April 1986 (UK)
Country: UK
Director: James Ivory
Cast:
  • Maggie Smith
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Denholm Elliott
  • Julian Sands
  • Simon Callow
  • Patrick Godfrey
  • Judi Dench
  • Fabia Drake
  • Joan Henley
  • Amanda Walker
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Maria Britneva
  • Rosemary Leach
  • Rupert Graves
  • Peter Cellier


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37 Responses to A Room with a View (1985)

  1. thereddishcolor
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    he seemed like such a homo, for those who have read the book, is this mentioned?

  2. david-johnson12
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    This movie is an exemplary illustration of British filmaking. The soundtrack was stunning but it is given little praise in any of the reviews which have been posted. I have been trying to dicover the name of the soprano who sang the Puccini aria as well as that of ‘O my beloved father’ during the introduction credits but to no avail.

    • Ralph Lopez
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      The soprano is Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

  3. tdigi
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    I couldn’t wait for the movie to finish. Except for a few scenes, it was boring for me. Other period romance movies like Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Atonement, were much better. IMDB score for this movie is way overrated in my opinion.

  4. alpinebixby
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    Is helenea’s hair a wig? It is so beautiful and looks real, but it is quite long.

    I love the scene in her room with her cousin after George kisses her. Her nightgown and short robe are beautiful, cut on the bias with sophisticated ruffles. Her hair is loose and brushed out. It looks lovely.

  5. the_eradikateor
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    What did this mean with Lucy and George at the end of the film? I never understood it.

  6. corina_m
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    I love so much this town and its fascinating history, that`s why I`d like to find more films having Florence (Firenze) as a location, besides this lovely "A Room With A View". Any suggestions?

  7. NCurran1987
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    There was a Daniel Day Lewis season on a while ago due to the release of "There Will be Blood" and it started showing loads of his films. I watched Gangs of New York first and thought he was amazing in it. Then I watched this and was like "Huh?, is that the same person at all?" He’s the best actor around I think. I hadn’t watched his films since I was young and I loved him then now I think he’s even better with now that I’m older. What a guy.

    Banker: You can’t go to south africa?

    Riggs: Why?

    Banker: Because your black!

  8. brandtm
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    My DVD version of A Room With a View inexplicably cuts out Cousin Charlotte’s promise to keep Lucy’s secret. It goes directly from the argument with Lucy about what would happen "If I hadn’t appeared" to the dust-up with the cockney signora. This is a horrible omission since Charlotte’s promise to be "as silent as the grave" has great significance later in the movie.

    Does anybody else have this problem? Has anyone noticed?

  9. DaniloCastro
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    It seems the latest DVD release had some problems with sounds a about 40 seconds of a scene missing.

    I really love this classic and was ecstatic when my brother said he would go to the USA. So, does anyone here knows if they fixed the problems? I really want to buy it, but not with atrocious flaws.

    Help put Who’s Afaid of Virginia Woolf? back to the Top250!-> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061184/

  10. fanaticita
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    It ends with George dying!!! I couldn’t believe it! It made me so angry.

  11. StarDust101
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    I’m not joking! Look at this site:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Room_with_a_View_%28TV_series%29

    What do you think it’s gonna be like.

    I kinda think it’s totally pointless.

  12. Darthette
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    I am sure I came across a topic on this here a few years ago but now i can’t seem to find it, could someone tell me the piano pieces Lucy plays – I would love to buy them and listen to them.

    thank you :)


    Time rushes by

    Love rushes by

    Life rushes by

    But the Red Shoes stay on


  13. frannyglass-1
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    Does anyone out there know what specific piano piece Lucy is playing in the drawing room while the vicar is listening (other than the fact that it is Beethoven)?

  14. marcchanois
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    the movie looks as if the brits are superior to the italians.

    was this movie banned or cut in italy? or they didn’t care about the ethnicist attack?

  15. contact-258
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    This is a joke that it’s not rated. We assumed that this would be equilavent to a G-rated movie as no one bothered to rate this. We thought it would perfectly acceptable for children to watch. WRONG! What a shock. Hello? Is it perfectly all right to have massive nudity if it’s an "art film"? What a joke. Is it not rated because of snobbish elitism, which considers nudity in art films as somehow different from other nudity?

  16. rtcnz
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    I’m mildly confused. At the end, there is the shot of Charlotte reading a letter and getting into bed, etc, looking all pensive and whatnot, as you do in films. I haven’t read the book, but I plan to, but I was wondering what to make of that. Is she going to go off with Mr Emerson, Sr? I definitely got that vibe.

  17. netshopper-2
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    Did anyone notice the name of the piano early in the film was Steinwal instead of Steinway? Is there such or thing or did they refuse to pay for product placement?

    • Dinsdale
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      I noticed that too and was pondering the significance of it. Other than the product placement issue, I thought it might have been some deep allegorical thing. The piano was some inferior knock-off of the most famous brand of piano and she was playing a somewhat butchered version of the music. Or something along those lines maybe.

      • George
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        It’s such an obvious yet unique faux pas. So I think that is what a lot of the movie is all about. I’ve yet to finish watching until the end, but there seem to be more than a few misquotes. It’s a funny movie if not taken seriously, and I think that’s what the point was.

  18. onepotato2
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    when she sings. It’s a poor match.

    She should have been dubbed in Sweeney Todd.

  19. DontTalkToMee
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    Huh ?

    My eyes were glued on Freddy while I could easily ignore George.[blish]

    Was I the only one…??

    Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying- Fran Lebowitz

  20. imperishable_stars
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    What existential question is he posing to Lucy?

    I have an idea, but what do you think?



    There’ll be no butter in hell!

  21. LaPfieffer92
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    im a guy and happen to like these old fashioned period british films, so i saw this in the dvd rental store and thought it would be a nice pleasnt romance movie. and it was. but half way through 3 guys, one of them a priest, all get buck naked to "bathe". and this nudity goes on for what feels like 20 whole minutes! and it wasnt even strategically placed or anything! it was all right there! just gross. i can see where the girls wouldnt mind it, but damn i didnt need to see that! i felt alot of that was so unneeded, and i certainly didnt expect to see all that in a movie of this type. and seriously i almost thought maybe the director was a homo or somethin cuz of what they show, the 2 guys like grabbing each other and running around. now of course i understand this movie was made i different times, even in the 80’s, and perhaps ppl back then didnt have to worry about everyone bein gay cuz it was a different time as well. but still, it just "felt" gayish, even if it wasnt intentional. but this was the only part in the movie i felt was uncalled for.

    • Karen
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      I understand how you feel. It happens to women all the time.

  22. Sly-Norton
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    I think Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world but I just don’t feel that the film makes the most of it. When you compare it to the beautiful shots of Florence in the first part of Hannibal it looks as if they weren’t even trying in this flick.

  23. AND77
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    Was it me, or was Mr. Beebe a little…liberal to be a vicar, especially of that time?

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the character; he’s probably my favorite, but he has always seemed to be something of a mystery to me. He obviously likes the Honeychurches quite a bit, and can’t stand Cecil Vyse (and who would blame him?), but the sexual undertones in some of his statements can’t be missed. Lucy says, "Mother hates it when i play Beethoven; she says it makes me peevish." and Mr. Beebe replies, "Naturally, one would be…stirred up."

    Any thoughts on him? All comments are welcome…

  24. eringraybill
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    I have the 2004 two-disc DVD, and the film seems to be sped up slightly. Everyone’s voice sounds a bit too high-pitched, and the film ends up being about five minutes shorter than the run-time listed on the case. Are there any editions of the DVD that don’t have this problem?

  25. opdiva
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    I hated that they used the same aria throughout the movie. Yes, many people has heard "O mio babbino caro" (you’ll know it if you heard it). They used it from the beginning, middle AND end! It’s one of those arias that’s usually played as background music. There are plenty of other italian arias to select from.

    I think what annoyed me the most, was that the producers really don’t know what the aria was about. Yeah, i know they knew that most of their audience wouldn’t know italian and wouldn’t understand, but it should be used in some kind of context.

    For any of those who actually care, the girl is pleading to her father, "o mio babbino" (oh, my dear daddy….) to let her go to this place to retrieve a ring, so she and her lover can marry. And she’s being rather melodramatic about it. It’s from GIANNI SCHICCHI by PUCCINI.

    As you can tell, I’m an avid music person and things like this irritates me.

  26. danaoula_16
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    what does mr Emerson’s closet say on top ??? I remember that it was something really funny . . .

  27. Bogo41
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    just read the book now I want to watch the film. can anyone tell me how much the film deviates from the book material?

  28. armagezon
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    I saw this movie because there was a line from it in their song Space Dye Vest.It was George’s words with the ivory box and all, and it was very fitting with the music of the song. Actually, the movie was not great, but this line was excellent and i have nearly memorised!if you don’t know the song, i frankly recommend it to you!!

  29. ladylavende
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    I’m usually very open to adaptations of the novels I love, but this one is impossible for me to like. And I adore Merchant Ivory films, and I think Helena Bonham Carter is brillian in Howards End (which is a really, really great film), but this one leaves me cold.

    Any other book fans feel the same way? And, by the way, for all you die hard movie fans, I’m not trying to trash the movie. If you like it, that’s great. I just can’t see why everyone adores this film.

    http://www.imdb.com/mymovies/list?l=8093247

  30. Aluisio_Le_Fou
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    …Cecil Vyse. In a heartbeat.

    Ok, probably not, I’d go with George Emerson as well. But I’d pick Daniel Day-Lewis over Julian Sands anytime.

    "I did cramps the way Meryl Streep did accents" – Calliope (Middlesex)

  31. CharmedfanSDJC
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    If there was a scene missing in the book or the film, what do you think it would be? I mean, do you think the story is missing an event that could have happened but didn’t? Like, do you think Lucy should have really told people off more or something that should have happned?

    "The illusion of effortlessness requires a great effort indeed."

  32. BlondeIsBetter
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    I really think the script is so clever, and there are so many clever lines. When I first saw it the first few times, I actually wrote some of them down because they were so good, here are a few:

    The scene when Lucy’s mother is complaining about Cecille, and Lucy says "It’s ugly things that upset him."

    And when Lucy’s mother is upset about her wanting to move to London: "To muck about with typewriters and latchkeys and call it work!"

  33. ardennen
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    I’ve found a nice site where you can read the book, chapter by chapter, for free.

    http://italophiles.com/c1.htm

    It has images, info about the author, and a free PDF copy of the book to download, too. The text has a lot fewer errors than most sites that offer the text!

    Cheers!

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