A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years post World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty has been.
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 7.9/10 (26,618 voted)
Critic's Score: 84/100
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft
A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-WWI Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties with the Nazi cause challenge his carefully maintained veneer of servitude.
Writers: Kazuo Ishiguro, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Mrs. Mortimer, the cook
Charlie, Head Footman
George, Second Footman
(as Abigail Harrison)
Sir Leonard Bax
Release Date: 19 November 1993
Filming Locations: Badminton House, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $1,500,000
Did You Know?
Hugh Grant stated that it is the best film he have ever done.
The road markings at the junction outside the George Inn in Norton St Philip are modern; dashed double white lines were not around in the 1950s.
Look at it! Is that or is it not the wrong chinaman?
Miss Kenton, I'm very busy. I am surprised that you have nothing better to do than stand around all day…
Mr. Stevens, look at that chinaman and tell me the truth!
Miss Kenton, I would ask you to keep your voice down. What would the other servants think to hear us shouting at the top of our voices about… chinamen?
And I would ask you, Mr. Stevens, to turn around and look at the chinaman.
Yes, They Can Still Make 'Em Like They Used To
Wow, what a wonderful movie this turned out to be!
I didn't check this movie out until the fall of 2004 after reading a
number of positive reviews, enough to pique my curiosity. I was glad I
did. In fact, I was so impressed with this film that a week later I
went out and bought the book, which is even better.
First of all, the film is a tremendous visual treat. There are some
great interior scenes of the Darlington mansion, and great colors
inside and in the surrounding outside scenery. This is simply a
Second, the acting of Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson was
spectacular. They were riveting. The way they deliver dialog and the
expressions of their faces…..magnificent acting. Thompson's sad look
in the back of the bus near the end of the movie is the saddest, most
haunting look on a person's face I have ever seen in 50 years of movie
Hopkins, one of the best actors of this generation, provides a
tremendous character study of a man who has been taught that to be the
best in his profession, he must suppress all emotion. In doing so, he
never learns to think for himself and he misses out on what could have
been the love of his life. In that regards, this is a very frustrating
However, this isn't just a tragic romantic story. Hopkins' character is
wonderful example, too, of unselfish devotion and dignified servitude
in the face of any kind of circumstance.
This is an extremely beautiful, intelligent and sensitive film. If when
people tell you, "They don't make 'em like they used to," show them