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The Bostonians is a film released in 1984 based on the novel by the same name by Henry James. The movie takes place in ritzy New England just after the end of the Civil War in the 19th century. It is an absorbing drama that portrays complex human relationships in a time when America experienced radical changes. Basil Ransom (Christopher Reeve) is a proper and conservative upper crust Southern gentleman lawyer who is intrigued by, but also disapproves of those involved in the women's movement. His cousin, Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave), is a devoted feminist and highly involved suffragette. Both of the cousins' affections, however, are aimed at a mutual friend, Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter). Olive would like to use Verena's talents to advance the cause of women's suffrage and Basil would like to make her his wife. As both the cousins pursue Verena, a triangular relationship develops and causes interesting strife among all involved.