The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day
  • PG
  • 2h 14m
  • 1993
Certified Fresh95%
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Oscar®-winners Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and Emma Thompson (Howards End) reunite with the acclaimed Merchant Ivory filmmaking team for this extraordinary and moving story of blind devotion and repressed love. Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler - an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths - as he serves his master, Lord Darlington, beautifully played by James Fox (The Servant). Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Thompson stars as the estate's housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror. Despite her apprehensions, she and Stevens gradually fall in love, though neither will admit it, and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments. Marvelously acted by a supporting cast that includes Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant.

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Classic period drama tackles issues of gender and class.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Remains of the Day is an outstanding period drama adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning novel. It stars Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson and deals with issues of gender and class. Not surprisingly for the setting/time period, women and the working class are portrayed as being lesser than men and the upper classes. And some of Lord Darlington's (James Fox) guests talk to his staff in a rude and patronizing way. There's some discussion about "Jews," "gypsies," and "negroes" in the context of Nazism in the lead up to World War II, and a character is revealed to be a Nazi sympathizer. Characters drink and smoke socially, but never to excess. One character references being drunk, but he's exaggerating and not behaving in an anti-social way. There's some kissing, and two characters briefly reference sex in a misunderstanding about "the birds and the bees." Strong language is minimal, with "dammit" as extreme as it gets.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 5, 1993
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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