Remains of the Day

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Remains of the DayGenre:
Romance

Release Date:
November 15, 1993

Duration:
134 minutes

Plot:
James Stevens is, for many years, the butler of Darlington Hall. The impressive mansion now belongs to, the former Member of the Parliament, Jack Lewis. Stevens, in an effort to reorganize the staff after the decline that followed Lord Darlington’s death, thought to ask the help of Miss Kenton. A worthy steward who worked there before the war. So he travels to the town she now lives. During this short trip, in just two days, he remembers his life as a butler of Lord Darlington, when Miss Kenton worked with him. The young girl that would have changed his life if… You will discover this and much more, when you watch the movie! 😀

Our impressions and movie review:
“Remains of the Day” is based on the book with the same title by Kazuo Ishiguro, first published in 1989. Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki and raised in Britain. This is a remarkable film that gives you the intense fragrance of Britain between the two World Wars. Although the greater part of the film takes place in the mansion of Lord Darlington, just outside Oxford, there is a plethora of interesting ethnographic elements. Of course the movie plot is about the relationship between two people, the butler and the housekeeper. A devoted to his task, workaholic man, and a woman who loves him, but because of the morals of their era, cannot do anything to wake him up! What’s the score? Two lifes wasted in time, lost in retreats, but in the end of a particular day, with one glance, they say in a moment everything that have not been said in years! With the moral: do not fight your heart and do not bury your feelings, with a beautiful plot and excellent performances – Anthony Hopkins was AMAZING. I believe you must add “Remains of the Day” in your movies to see list.

Remains of the Day – Trailer

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Credits:

Writers:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Director:
James Ivory

Cast:
Christopher Reeve – Jack Lewis
Anthony Hopkins – James Stevens
Emma Thompson – Miss Kenton
Caroline Hunt – Landlady
James Fox – Lord Darlington
Peter Vaughan – William Stevens
Paula Jacobs – Mrs. Mortimer, the cook
Ben Chaplin – Charlie, Head Footman
Steve Dibben – George, Second Footman
Abigail Hopkins – Housemaid
Patrick Godfrey – Spencer
Peter Cellier – Sir Leonard Bax
Peter Halliday – Canon Tufnell
Hugh Grant – Reginald Cardinal
Terence Bayler – Trimmer
Jeffry Wickham – Viscount Bigge
Hugh Sweetman – Scullery boy
Michael Lonsdale – Dupont D’Ivry
Brigitte Kahn – Baroness
John Savident – Doctor Meredith
Tony Aitken – Postmaster
Emma Lewis – Elsa
Joanna Joseph – Irma
Rupert Vansittart – Sir Geoffrey Wren
Tim Pigott-Smith – Thomas Benn
Christopher Brown – Wren’s friend
Lena Headey – Lizzie
Paul Copley – Harry Smith
Ian Redford – Publican
Jo Kendall – Publican’s wife
Steven Beard – Andrews
Pip Torrens – Doctor Richard Carlisle
Frank Shelley – Prime Minister
Peter Eyre – Lord Halifax
Jestyn Phillips – Foreign Office official
Wolf Kahler – German ambassador
Frank Höltje – German Embassy official
Andreas Töns – German Embassy official
Roger McKern – Police constable
Angela Newmarch – Waitress

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