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A Room With A View (1986)

Maggie Smith , Helena Bonham Carter , James Ivory  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands, Simon Callow
  • Directors: James Ivory
  • Writers: E.M. Forster, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Producers: Ismail Merchant, Paul Bradley, Peter Marangoni
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305907951
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Room With A View" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A superb English cast in the acclaimed comedy of manners from Merchant/Ivory based on E.M. Forster's novel of wit and romance. Off to the sensuous landscape of Florence for her horizon-broadening tour, Lucy, a perfectly proper young Edwardian lady, is chaperoned by her even more proper Aunt Charlotte. At the merest hint of scandal--Lucy is kissed by an improper suitor--Charlotte whisks her back to the serene English countryside, where she is betrothed to a supposedly suitable gentleman, insufferably in love with himself. With its "superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design" (The New York Times), this delightful comedy of manners sparkles with keen observations of class behavior and genuine humor.

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180 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning... May 18, 2004
Format:DVD
...if you have the least interest in this film-BUY the new DVD. It's simply amazing. I've scanned these reviews here, and apparently there was an earlier DVD issue that wasn't up to par at ALL-but rest assured, this reasonably-priced "Special Edition" looks and sounds crisp, clean-and stunningly beautiful. Obviously I loved the film when it was originally released, and plenty of others did as well-see reviews below. But watching this new DVD the other night, I was struck at how amazing this movie really is: in the first place, it's rare(to put it mildly!)for a film nearly 20 years old to not look "dated" at ALL-this one doesn't. It could have been shot yesterday. I'd be willing to bet that in 15 years "Shakespeare in Love" *will* look somehow "late '90s"-it's the norm for period costume pieces to wind up reflecting the styles of the times they were made, even if we can't see it without the distance of years passing. What an achievement, then for James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, and the designers/cinematographer/costumer...and the actors-! Superb, all of them. The second audio track is, I'm afraid, a little superfluous(although it was enjoyable to hear the producers chatting away with Simon Callow-"the Rev. Beebe"-and the only actor to record commentary, alas)...but it doesn't matter a whit. Truly one of those things where everything came together perfectly. If you buy this, you'll have a great shot at converting a few jaded kids(assuming you've got some around the house)to the glories of another time and place, and *real* romance(and just about the sexiest kisses you could ask for). Enjoy!
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127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, poor Charlotte!" September 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I dare anyone to say anything negative about this movie. I cannot think of one element of this movie that disappointed me. I love the romance between Miss Lucy Honeychurch and Mr George Emerson. I adore the frustrating, "poor Charlotte Bartlett", Lucy's travel companion and thorn-in-her-side in matters of the heart. I love Cecil, wonderfully pompous Cecil. I want to be like Eleanor Lavish, the adventure-seeking, scandal-relishing novelist Charlotte and Lucy meet in Florence. Freddy and Mr Beebe provide delightful comic relief, as do the lovely Miss Allens. And who could not love George's doddering old Dad, Mr Emerson, especially when he upsets a tour group with his travelogue asides? If anyone is worried that their favourite book will suffer at the hands of uncaring, ignorant film makers, please, unfurrow your brow and see this movie. E.M. Forster's characters are brought to life by some of Britain's finest actors. The film is wonderfully scripted, beautifully filmed and majestically located. (There are only a handful of films that can claim to have created travel pangs in my Aussie-bound Dad.) It is a film I enjoy coming back to over and over again.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie--flawed DVD! September 26, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Tragically, those reviewers who criticize the quality of the DVD transfer are correct. Not only is the sound a problem, there are odd deletions in the film (and I don't believe they reflect any late decisions on the part of the filmmakers). The early scene where Charlotte (Maggie Smith) tells Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter)after her kiss with George that "we'll both be as silent as the grave" is oddly truncated. Compare it with the VHS and you'll see. This absolutely wonderful film deserves a first-class DVD edition. Of course, it's still worth watching, but it's the one time I'd say opt for the VHS.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of all time! October 6, 2000
By Shaz
Format:DVD
Ah, how I long for the simpler times, when your biggest problem in life was not getting the room with the view you requested, and you just HAD to fall in love with an impetuous, romantic Adonis in lovely Florence, Itlay! Helena Bonham-Carter has the most fabulous hair on the planet- just had to say that. She plays Lucy Honeychurch, a young girl on holiday in Florence with her older cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith), who is deemed her chaperone (remember those?). When Charlotte meets George Emerson (Julian Sands), her entire being is transformed, and she ends up finding him in "a field kissed with poppies" where he promptly and without warning gives her a full throttle kiss (and you can tell, this guy KNOWS how to kiss!). Charlotte happens to catch them, and promptly drags Lucy away. But as Lucy heads home for England and the security of "Windy Corner" (the family's estate), she cannot forgot George Emerson. To remove him from her mind, she agrees to marry Cecil (a VERY scrawny, pre-"Last of the Mohicans" Daniel Day-Lewis), a stuffy, over-the-top aristocrat who cares mainly for paintings, poetry, and how things look, rather than how they actually are. Lucy's perfectly crafted world comes to a screaming halt when inadvertently, Cecil finds a new tennant for the cottage down the street- you guessed it, George Emerson and his father move in. Where as George is relieved he's found Lucy, she is upset and scared, mainly because she knows how much this incredible man rocks her world and how his presence threatens her resolve and control. She denies within herself that she loves him, but as we know, love prevails over everything. A must have for your video library. Julian Sands is entirely lovely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Much improved resolution to earlier DVD version plus subtitles, ...
Much improved resolution to earlier DVD version plus subtitles, at last. I'd give the movie itself five stars, but most of my friends say four. Read more
Published 9 days ago by electrical_tim
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Never saw this movie before I had purchased it. It was ok, somewhat dated.
Published 14 days ago by Bkridepa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Room With A View [1985] [Blu-ray] [UK Release]
A Room With A View [1985] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] ‘A Room With A View’ is a brilliant and romantic social comment about the English at home and abroad at the beginning of the 20th... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Andrew C. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age in wonderful Florence
A surprising, very enjoyable movie with an excellent cast. If you like PBS or BBC type productions, you will love this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tea Drinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what we wanted... fast shipping.
Published 1 month ago by Ria
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wrong format for the USA. Had to discard it. Charge was credited (refunded).
Published 1 month ago by jorge valdes
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss!
Ever been to Florence? Do you like period dramas, like Pride and Prejudice and any Jane Austen movie? Then you MUST own this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mom of 5
4.0 out of 5 stars But the recipient says she enjoyed it very much and especially the...
This was a gift, so I have not seen the movie. But the recipient says she enjoyed it very much and especially the wonderful British actor Maggie Smith. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NanAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars A very beautiful movie.
When I saw the movie more than 20 years ago I found it very beautiful, successfully characterized the different types of relationships and the ambiance that is created in that kind... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Delaspozas
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