The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

DVD - 2001 | Special ed. --
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An English butler is the perfect manservant who doesn't allow his own feelings to interfere with his duties, even when he falls in love with the housekeeper or when his father dies.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2001.
Edition: Special ed. --
ISBN: 9780767848855
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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British Film of the Year, London Film Critics' Circle, 1993

Best Actress Nominee, 1994 (Emma Thompson)

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Apr 23, 2019

Regardless "Tony"'s acting, the portrayal is overstated to clownish as to make me feel repulsed by Steven. While in the book, as revealed by brilliant monologues, I was deeply amused by his humor and subtly captivated by his self-inflicted failure.
Miss Kenton is quite vivid as what I'd expected.
The minor characters became composites out of the book , and brought together to create more dramatic effect.
Cinematography is mostly indoors, the rich texture of shadows brought out human emotions, quite alluring. But enchanting and melancholy (contextual) landscape is slighted, so is the power of protagonists' journey through life.
I guess a film has many limitations to bring out a great book.

Dec 09, 2017

This exquisite Merchant Ivory production of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel is. . .Sorry, fell asleep for a minute. It's very understated. The message is don't be an emotionally repressed English butler

Mar 27, 2017

Great companion to the book with excellent documentaries.

Aug 22, 2016

I enjoyed this movie. Love Anthony Hopkins, it was wonderful to see Christopher Reeve before his accident. He was perfect for the part he played. Recommend this movie if you like period movies.

Aug 08, 2016

Rated 7/10.

Feb 23, 2016

The age gap between the butler and the housekeeper made it hard for this viewer to believe in the blossoming of romance between these characters. The impact of Lord Darlington's actions would have been clearer if the newly-wed servant couple had died in the Blitz as well as the Lord's god-son, journalist. Christopher Reeve was a poor choice for his role (except as a box office draw).

Jan 25, 2015

British made, so slow moving, action-less story line. It is wonderful and perfect for a rainy day or a blue mood. You don't need to have read the book to know what is going on. Brilliant acting all around.

Dec 26, 2013

Very sad film of an English butler's admirable honor and dedication to his craft, through which with the passing of time ironically translates into bad choices. Sir Anthony realizes too late his misappropriated loyalty to his 'duty', and his devotion to values devoid of merit, shaping him into a rigid emotionless (but dignified!) robot... effectively resulting in romantic meaningful opportunities forever lost with the woman he loved but didn't have the social skills to approach. He and Emma Thompson are both magnificent; skillfully directed by James Ivory.

d2013 Feb 17, 2013

A really well made movie. Loved the story and anything with Anthony Hopkins makes it more special to watch. Very touching.

Aug 26, 2012

A classic film for people who enjoy incredible, unique stories, great acting, and unbelievable depth.

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Dec 26, 2013

(Strolling through the backyard discussing a young housemaid) Miss Kenton: "Ah, very pretty girl, don't you think?" Mr. Stevens: "Mm-hmm." Miss Kenton (playfully): "Mm! You don't like, to have pretty girls on the staff though, noticed. ...Might it be that our Mr. Stevens... fears distraction? Can it be that our Mr. Stevens is flesh and blood after all, and cannot trust himself? Hmm?" Mr. Stevens: "You know what I am doing Miss Kenton? I am placing my thoughts elsewhere, while you chatter away."

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