The Remains of the Day Movie Review Summary

Actors: Anthony Hopkins,Emma Thompson

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A butler believes the most important thing in his life is being a butler. He communicates love and thoughtfulness by his facial expressions yet throughout the film he refuses to say the things we continually beg him to say. It is obvious that the main character is a compassionate loving human being yet he never expresses his emotions and we see the results. He absolutely refuses to take a side. From the time his British employer is duped by the Nazis to when his love interest almost begs him to stop her marriage to another he stays faithful to his work.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Tory French

In a story that takes place largely between the two world wars, an excellent butler finds his sense of duty tested by a potential romance with a young housekeeper and his master's cultivation of fascist connections. James Stevens, the perfect servant (Hopkins), is so focused on his work that he just about misses the growing romantic attachment of Miss Sally Kenton (Thompson). This classic 1993 Merchant-Ivory production beautifully realizes Kazuo Ishiguro's fine novel, and Hopkins and Thompson portray their roles (in a series of wonderful old British mansions) to restrained perfection. Not a thriller by any stretch of the imagination, but a marvelous film.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

A stiff upper lipped butler strives for perfection in his position under his politically misled master. This utter dedication to work blinds him to the fact that there is surely more to life. On occassion he is aware that he has a heart but does nothing to requite it or hers (the housekeeper). Set during the demise of glorious Brittania and the rise of Hitler, Stevens'life is a narrative of propiety and dignity. on his little road trip to see Miss Kenton there is an unravelling of his character but there is always that heavy feeling of lateness/missed opportunities.
The review of this Movie prepared by john cotter

The folks at Mercant Ivory (that's Ismail Merchant and James Ivory) Productions know a thing or two about great movies. Here, they team up Academy Award winners Anthony
Hopkins and Emma Thompson in a film based upon the novel written by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is the story of the perfect English butler (Hopkins who plays Stevens)--staid, unaffected by everything except performing his duties to perfection. Of course, he can admit to no personal feelings and affections and it is this theme of repressed love and blind obedience that director James Ivory plays to. The setting is pre-World War II England and Hopkins
attends to his responsibilities laid out by Lord Darlington, who is dabbling with the
liberal thoughts of Nazi support (it was considered a chic position for a while in the Thirties, before the real Hitler showed his ugly head!). The relationship between Hopkins and Thompson is the real story of this extremely well-done Academy Award-winning movie.

The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs

A poignant story about a head butler Mr.Stevens(Hopkins)who is loyal and willing to serve his master wholeheartedly and gave up his dreams and love.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jenny

Script Analysis of The Remains of the Day

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   butler

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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