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Maurice: The Merchant Ivory Collection [DVD] [1987]

4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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  • Actors: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Ben Kingsley
  • Directors: James Ivory
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism Leisure Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002W13R0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,296 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's Edwardian novel gave Hugh Grant his first major role. Cambridge undergraduate Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) is thrown into confusion about his sexuality when he experiences strong feelings for fellow student Maurice Hall (James Wilby). Both men attempt to suppress the 'love that dare not speak its name', but the arrival of a handsome gamekeeper (Rupert Graves) forces Maurice to submit to his natural impulses.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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