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Maurice [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

James Wilby , Rupert Graves , James Ivory    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow
  • Directors: James Ivory
  • Writers: James Ivory, E.M. Forster, Kit Hesketh-Harvey
  • Producers: Ismail Merchant, Paul Bradley
  • Format: Anamorphic, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Merchant Ivory
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00014NE62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,202 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The second of the Merchant/Ivory films (A Room with a View, Howard's End), Maurice deals with a theme few period pieces dare mention--a young man's struggle with his homosexuality. It's not just a gay coming-of-age story, however. The hero wrestles with British class society as much as his personal and sexual identity.

The film opens on a stormy, windswept beach, as an older man awkwardly instructs young, fatherless Maurice Hall (James Wilby) in the "sacred mysteries" of sex. The same turbulent, wordless struggle with passion lasts throughout this slowly evolving, beautifully filmed story. Novelist E M Forster's brainy, British melodrama hinges on choice and compulsion, as the pensive hero falls for two completely different men. First comes frail, suppressed Clive (Hugh Grant), who wants nothing more than classical Platonic harmony ... and a straight lifestyle. (Grant's performance is so convincing, one wonders how he ever became a heterosexual sex symbol.) After Clive's wedding, Maurice turns to hypnosis to cure his unspeakable longings. Unfortunately, his "cure" is interrupted by Clive's lustful, brooding, barely literate gamekeeper Scudder (Rupert Graves), a worker more at home gutting rabbits than discussing the classics. Maurice's love for a "social inferior" forces him to confront his illicit desire and his ingrained class snobbery. --Grant Balfour

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still glorious in the Happier Year 19 July 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Sadly, there are many occasions on which well-meaning film-makers have quite frankly butchered good books, where their metamorphosis onto the big screen has not gone smoothly. I must say, however, that James Ivorys' adaptation of E.M Forsters' classic novel, Maurice, is a welcome exception.
Ivory captures the essence of this book superbly, in terms of character, dialogue and fundamentals such as plot, which is largely in keeping with the original story-line. Where it differs, it does so effectively and plausibly, and this does not detract from the sense of its over-all loyalty to the novel.
Splendid acting is in evidence throughout from James Wilby and Hugh Grant, as well as Rupert
Graves and a good supporting cast. Wilby portrays the conflicted eponymous hero impressively, moving smoothly through a range of emotions, from moments of exuberance, uncertainty and tourtured insecurity.
Although the crucial theme of Maurice is homosexuality in an age which criminalized it, other issues such as social class, individuality/conformity and love mean that it is compelling on other levels too, making it an all-round joy of pre-World War One drama, in which innocence and idealism are still largely possible.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles! 10 Sep 2009
By Johnny
"Maurice" is a great movie dealing with homosexuality and class distinction in the early 20th century. It has a lot of beautiful scenes, although they could've made it a bit shorter.

I've wanted to buy this film on DVD for ages but I must say I'm really disappointed with this certain edition (Merchant Ivory Collection). It has a lot of nice extra features, but it lacks subtitles entirely. Not even the main feature has subtitles to offer. I can't understand why one chooses to release a classic like this without it. For us who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or other neurological difficulties, it's important to know before buying. Now I have to supplement my collection with the other version too: Maurice [DVD] [1987]
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful love story! 12 Nov 2003
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
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I feel a bit cheesy for using that title, but I can't think of anything better. This is a love-story. Understandably, because of the gay content, it is also very political, but if you can step aside from all that you will enjoy it's true heart so much better. This is what I am sure E M Forster intended. He wasn't into making big political statements, if he was he would have have done as his friends urged him to, and had the novel published when homosexuality was legalised in 1967. (Instead it wasn't published in his lifetime. Although he wrote it way back in 1913 he didn't want to shock his mother). But there is no doubt to my mind that Forster was an incurable romantic, "A Room With A View" should prove that, and if "Maurice" was about a star-crossed man-woman relationship as that one was, we wouldn't be in any doubt that we were in Romance with a big R territory.
Maurice (played absolutely superbly by James Wilby) is a young upper-class Edwardian, constantly fighting his own inner demons about his sexuality. Whilst at Cambridge he forms an intense attachment to a fellow student, Clive, (Hugh Grant, again brilliantly acted). When a mutual friend is imprisoned with hard labour for soliciting a soldier outside a pub, Clive gets the jitters and backs off, retreating into starchy middle-class married respectability. Maurice meanwhile goes the rounds of doctors and psychiatrists, trying to find out if he can be "cured". During a weekend visit to Clive's country house he meets Alec Scudder, Clive's rather rough-and-ready gamekeeper. I know what you're thinking, gay version of "Lady Chatterley's Lover"! But I think, with all respect to D H Lawrence, this is better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Century Later the Feeling Is Still Strong 3 Jun 2008
Over twenty years after it was made "Maurice" has changed into a classic but did not age at all. This coming-of-age and coming-to-terms story faithfully taken from E. M. Forster's novel was transferred into the screen with such adroitness that with the passage of time it rather increases its appeal.
We are transferred to the Edwardian England some years before the outbreak of the Great War. The main hero Maurice is an average student (it is funny to note that everybody including Maurice considers his studies a commendable pastime but generally a waste of time as he should go into business) who falls for a fellow student, an impoverished aristocrat Clive. Their romance is purely platonic which seems to suit Clive (who finally decides to change his minds and gets married which puts an end to their little fling) survives their Cambridge period but is clearly insufficient for Maurice. After failed attempts to cure himself of his illness (both medicine and hypnosis are used) he visits Clive in his estate and falls in love again - this time for a game-keeper. This love is consummated and provides an opening for a happy ending which neither Forster nor the movie does not really offer.
The movie tells this story rather slowly, indulging in beautiful landscapes and period interiors, but one can hardly mind. It is simply a great movie with very decent performance from the cast - including Hugh Grant with a moustache.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i thought the actors were excellent, but although I found it an interesting film it was rather unsettling
Published 1 month ago by Mrs gillian Gallannaugh
1.0 out of 5 stars A muddled affair
This film suffers from a lack of clear direction and a peculiarly warped sense of pace.
The narrative is so sharply cut from scene to scene that it makes the entire plot very... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C J Frisby
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film!
Beautiful love story, not read the book but will be doing so after watching this. Some lovely scenery, shots of Wiltshire and Cambridge. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining film..
As the heading says it is an entertaining film but also shows the seriousnous of 2 friends and of how being GAY affects their lives, I remember seeing the film many years ago, and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by swallow2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Maurice
This is one of my 5 all time favourite films - so was thrilled to discover that I was able to buy it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Apart from Brokeback Mountain, Maurice is the only movie I ever went back to the cinema for repeated viewings. Read more
Published 7 months ago by islandmusiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film!!
Brilliant film. That's it. No more to be said. Delivery was fantasmagorical, the product itself - perfect! Not exactly sure how it was a collectible though... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eleanor Cane
5.0 out of 5 stars Maurice - Review 2014
Ordered this DVD "Maurice" wonder romantic love story set in England. Very intense sand set to a wonderful authentic backdrop,looking at the lives of two university... Read more
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