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(1992)

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After playing Dame Emma Thompson's sister in this movie, Helena Bonham Carter played the love interest of Thompson's husband, Sir Kenneth Branagh, in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994). It is rumored that Carter was one of the main reasons for the subsequent Branagh and Thompson divorce. The next woman to play Thompson's sister on film (Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility (1995)) also followed that role by playing Branagh's love interest in Hamlet (1996).
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Dame Emma Thompson received a total of thirteen nominations for her role in this movie. She won in all of those events, which includes an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Bafta as Best Actress.
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The country house used as the location for Howards End is over twice as large as seen from the front and partial side views used in this movie. It is H-shaped with a large back portion, into which its owners moved during filming, while the front portion was emptied and refinished. (The landscaping was also redone, with flowers and plants truer to the story's period.) The house is owned by friends of Production Designer Luciana Arrighi, and it occurred to her it would make a good stand-in for Howards End, while she was a houseguest there.
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Samuel West (Leonard Bast) is the son of Prunella Scales (Aunt Juley).
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The first movie to be released by Sony Pictures Classics.
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Jemma Redgrave (Evie Wicox) played the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave (Ruth Wilcox). In real-life, she is her niece. This is the only time they have shared the screen, although Jemma appeared with her aunt Vanessa on stage in Chekhov's Three Sisters in 1990. The third sister was played by Vanessa's sister, and Jemma's aunt, Lynn Redgrave.
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Sir Anthony Hopkins was the first actor cast for this movie. In an interview with the producers on the Merchant Ivory Collection DVD, Director James Ivory says that he passed a copy of the script to Hopkins via his friend, a Sound Editor on The Silence of the Lambs (1991), "Thereby bypassing all of the agents all over the place." Hopkins read the script, and told Ivory he was very interested in taking the role.
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This movie was part of a mid 1980s to early 1990s cycle of mostly theatrical movie adaptations of works by E.M. Forster. The others being A Passage to India (1984), A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987), and Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991).
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One of the locations used was The Baltic Exchange, St. Mary Axe, London, England. Soon after filming, it was bombed by the I.R.A.
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Natasha Richardson turned down the role of Margaret Schlegel.
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Because he had won Best Actor the previous year, Sir Anthony Hopkins presented Dame Emma Thompson with the Best Actress Oscar she won for her performance in this movie.
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This was the first Merchant-Ivory movie, and only the second movie (A Room with a View (1985) coming afterward), that the Criterion Collection put out on Blu-ray, after having released their movies on DVD. A legal spat between the two companies caused them to pull their catalogue titles from Criterion, leaving this movie to go out of print. Cohen Media now owns the rights to the catalogue.
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One of four theatrical movie collaborations of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Merchant Ivory Productions. The others being The Remains of the Day (1993), Surviving Picasso (1996), and The City of Your Final Destination (2009).
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Ismail Merchant had to pay two hundred fifty thousand dollars (for the rights to the novel) to the trustees of Forster's estate, King's College, Cambridge, England. Merchant considered this an exorbitant sum, but he had to match a Hollywood offer that the college was also considering at the time.
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This movie is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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Helena Bonham Carter's third appearance in an E.M. Forster adaptation and a Merchant-Ivory movie production after appearing in A Room with a View (1985) and Maurice (1987).
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Miranda Richardson was offered the part of Margaret Schlegel.
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Tilda Swinton, Phoebe Nicholls, and Joely Richardson were also considered for the part of Margaret Schlegel.
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This was Director James Ivory's first experience with filming in the Super 35 format.
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Dame Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise.
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Crispin Bonham-Carter (Albert Fussell) is the third cousin of Helena Bonham Carter (Helen Schlegel).
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The cast includes three Oscar winners: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Emma Thompson, and Vanessa Redgrave; and one Oscar nominee: Helena Bonham Carter.
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Dame Emma Thompson's Best Actress Oscar winning performance and Vanessa Redgrave's Best Actress in a Supporting Role nominated turn were the only female performances nominated in the acting categories in Best Picture nominees that year.
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One of two theatrical movies from Merchant Ivory Productions which featured Dame Emma Thompson and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The other being The Remains of the Day (1993).
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Vanessa Redgrave was the only Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar nominee that year that was from a Best Picture nominated movie.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.
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Despite being given top billing amongst the cast, Vanessa Redgrave's character Ruth Wilcox dies of natural causes, and is no longer in this movie after the forty-two minute mark.
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