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A Room with a View


When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views…

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 7.4/10 (16,232 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

James Ivory

Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott

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?

Writers: E.M. Forster, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


Maggie Smith

Charlotte Bartlett, a chaperon

Helena Bonham Carter

Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bartlett's cousin and charge

(as Helena Bonham-Carter)

Denholm Elliott

Mr. Emerson, an English tourist

Julian Sands

George Emerson

Simon Callow

The Reverend Mr. Arthur Beebe

Patrick Godfrey

The Reverend Mr. Eager, Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Florence

Judi Dench

Eleanor Lavish, a novelist

Fabia Drake

Miss Catharine Alan

Joan Henley

Miss Teresa Alan

Amanda Walker

The Cockney Signora

Daniel Day-Lewis

Cecil Vyse

(as Daniel Day Lewis)

Maria Britneva

Mrs. Vyse, Cecil's mother

Rosemary Leach

Mrs. Marian Honeychurch

Rupert Graves

Freddy Honeychurch

Peter Cellier

Sir Harry Otway, a landlord

Release Date: 11 April 1986

Filming Locations: Bluebell Railway, East Sussex, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000


Opening Weekend: $42,970
(9 March 1986)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $20,966,644

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


In the book, Lucy kisses George in a field of violets, but it was the wrong season for this when filming so just a plain field of barley was used.


As the steam train pulls into the station, in the background can be seen a wagon/car in British Rail blue with yellow roof, and also a self-propelled diesel rail-car.


Lucy Honeychurch:
I have to go. They trust me.

Mr. Emerson:
Why should they, when you deceived everyone, including yourself?

User Review

A perfect movie!

Rating: 10/10

Of all his in his lifetime published books (`Maurice' wasn't published
before his death in 1970) E.M. Forster considered `Room with a view' as the
least successful. Why that is I don´t know, because I think it's a charming
book, full of warmth and humour and this film does the unthinkable: It
captures the spirit of the book! It's one of the best screen adaptions that
have ever been made. A perfect movie!

Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) and her spinster cousin Charlotte
(Maggie Smith) travel to Florence to spend their holidays there. They find
themselves with rooms with no view and an elder gentleman, called Mr.
Emerson (Denholm Eliot) and his son George (Julian Sands), who have such
rooms, switch rooms with the two women. George falls in love with Lucy and
in a passionate and beautiful scene kisses her in a field full of flowers.
But Charlotte caught them and she and Lucy return instantly back to England.
There her snobbish fiancé Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis) waits for her.
Though they don't real fit together she wants to go on with the marriage.
But then George and his father by coincidence rent a house in the village
where Lucy lives. She feels attracted to George, but is not sure if she
doesn't want to go the safe way. What will she do?

This small and intelligent romantic comedy was the surprise hit of 1985,
making Merchant-Ivory and some of it's performers big names. It's light as
feather, has a wonderful warm feeling about it and it never becomes cheap
entertainment. The costumes, the sets, the cinematography, everything was
simply perfect! There truly is no other word for it.

Helena Bonham-Carter became a star with her characterisation of Lucy. She's
wonderful, touching and perfectly supported by all the other actors.
Especially memorable are Judi Dench as the author of romantic fiction,
Eleanor Lavish (she's hilarious), Daniel Day-Lewis, who's hardly
recognisable as Cecil and Maggie Smith (I simply adore her in this) as the
chaperon, who just wants to help.