• The Remains of the Day (1994)

The Remains of the Day

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2001

PG |2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

During the 1930s, James Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) serves as a proper English butler to the doltish Lord Darlington (James Fox). Stevens is so dedicated that he forgoes visiting his father on his deathbed in order to serve, and overlooks Darlington's Nazi sympathies and growing anti-Semitism. Twenty years after his employer's death, Stevens tries to reconnect with Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), Darlington's head housekeeper, and begins to regret his loyalty to his former master.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox, Christopher Reeve, Peter Vaughan, Hugh Grant, Michaël Lonsdale, Tim Pigott-Smith

Director: James Ivory

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Merchant Ivory Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Tristar, Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Tense, Love, Sacrifice, England, Emotional, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    An engaging and powerful motion picture, every bit the equal of Merchant Ivory's best work, and certainly the most emotionally-wrenching tale they have brought to the screen. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide Magazine

    Though it offers a host of fine performances in a smoothly crafted, adult drama of unfulfilled love, it lacks the cumulative dramatic impact of the team's best work. show more

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Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture