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The Bostonians (1984)

Cast: Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Madeleine Potter, more...
Director: James Ivory
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Studio: Merchant Ivory
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Henry James, Merchant/Ivory's The Bostonians is set among the Back Bay uppercrust of the 19th century. Basil Ransom (Christopher Reeve), bored by his opulent lifestyle and his "proper" friends, is fascinated by his cousin, outspoken suffragette Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave). Basil and Olive's mutual friend is likeable, gregarious Verena Tannant (Madeleine Potter). Soon a triangle develops, albeit an unorthodox one: Basil and Olive both find themselves pursuing Verena, Basil because he is in love with her, and Olive because she wants to exploit Verena's social connections and gift for public speaking to promote her own political ideology. Lurking in the background is Verena's true love, poor-but-honest attorney Henry Burrage (John Van Ness). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

DVD Features:

Theatrical trailer(s)
Conversation with the Filmmakers,interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Ruth Prawer Jhavbala
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