A Room with a View

Released 1986


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James Ivory
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A Room with a View is a 1985 satirical drama from director James Ivory and starring Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, and Daniel Day-Lewis in a film based on the novel of the same name by E.M. Forster. Helena Bonham Carter stars as Lucy Honeychurch, a young woman who goes on holiday in Italy with her cousin and chaperone. Lucy comes from a strict English upbringing, a member of the upper-class in the highly conservative Edwardian culture of early 1900s England. However, in Italy she becomes exposed to the free-spirited, forward-thinking lifestyle that would soon replace the Victorian standards of old England. Lucy becomes involved in two romances-one with a passionate and emotionally free young man named George Emerson, and another with an uptight and reserved man named Cecil Vyse (Day-Lewis), who offers her no passion but a respectable marriage. In A Room with a View, Lucy Honeychurch grapples with maturity as she must choose between her family's old ways and the passion and possibilities of the new era.moreless


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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A Room with a View enjoys its storytelling so much that I enjoyed the very process of it. The story moved slowly, it seemed, for the same reason you try to make ice cream last: bec...

  • 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    A movie with exquisite period detail. [8 Apr 1994]

  • 90

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    As Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bonham Carter gives a remarkably complex performance of a young woman who is simultaneously reasonable and romantic, generous and selfish, and timid right...

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Comedy, Drama


80s, Historical, Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy