Maurice

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Released 1987

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Maurice

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Director:
James Ivory
Released:
1987
Rating:
R
Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster's MAURICE is a story of coming to terms with one's sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. Sparkling direction by James Ivory, distinguished performances from the ensemble cast, and a charged score by Richard Robbins all combine to create a film of immense power. MAURICE is a romantic, moving story of love and self-discovery for all audiences.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Mr. Ivory and Ismail Merchant have long since learned to breathe life into their material without excessive reverence, in a manner that is as decorous as it is dramatic. As might b...

  • 80

    Variety Justin Chang

    Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film is so well made and acted, because it captures its period so meticulously.

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