A Room with a View

April 11th, 1986


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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

Director: 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(estimated)

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

Gross: $20,966,644 (USA)

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.

Anachronisms: 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.