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After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 7.5/10 (6,310 voted)

Critic's Score: 74/100

James Ivory

Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant

Two male English school chums find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. To regain his place in society, Clive gives up his forbidden love, Maurice (pronounced "Morris") and marries. While staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice finally discovers romance in the arms of Alec, the gamekeeper. Written from personal pain, it's E.M. Forster's story of coming to terms with sexuality in the Edwardian age.

Writers: E.M. Forster, Kit Hesketh-Harvey


James Wilby

Maurice Hall

Hugh Grant

Clive Durham

Rupert Graves

Alec Scudder

Denholm Elliott

Doctor Barry

Simon Callow

Mr. Ducie

Billie Whitelaw

Mrs. Hall

Barry Foster

Dean Cornwallis

Judy Parfitt

Mrs. Durham

Phoebe Nicholls

Anne Durham

Patrick Godfrey


Mark Tandy


Ben Kingsley


Kitty Aldridge

Kitty Hall

Helena Michell

Ada Hall

Catherine Rabett

Pippa Durham

Release Date: 18 September 1987

Filming Locations: Assyrian Saloon, British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,600,000


Gross: $3,130,592

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Just before filming the nude bed scene in the hotel, the bed that Rupert Graves and James Wilby were in collapsed.


Boom mic visible:
When Maurice and Clive enter the auditorium at the Wigmore Hall, the boom mic is reflected in the polished wooden panels on the wall behind them.


Maurice Hall:
I'm an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.

User Review

This movie is timeless


‘Maurice' had a deep emotional impact on me when I first saw it in my early
teens, more than ten years ago. I just saw it again for the first time since
then and I was a bit worried that I would be disappointed, but then I was
definitely not. It still had the same magic.

To me, this is the #1 Merchant-Ivory work. I find this movie astoundingly
profound compared to several other of their movies. This movie is above all
accomplished by the excellent acting. It tells a pure and convincing story
about struggling to be true to oneself in a world of not only prejudice and
firm standards but even serious legal sanctions.

I think ‘Maurice' is far more romantic, and sexy, than most heterosexual
love stories I have seen. The love and longing of these men seems so real
and pure, especially by the fact that they are consistently being told that
their inclination is `unspeakable', and their futures and careers are at

It is great to see Hugh Grant in an early role (his first real movie role?)
that is so different from the mainstream comedy entertainer he has become.
The ending is stunning. I love that the movie ended exactly where it did,
although it is a dread to acknowledge that the war would break out soon
after. The music score is enthralling. And Alec Scudder is so beautiful that
it hurts.