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Maurice (1987)

Cast: James Wilby, James Wilby, Hugh Grant, more...
Director: James Ivory, James Ivory
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Studio: Merchant Ivory
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Gay & Lesbian, British Drama, UK, Features
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Director James Ivory brings his subdued, "Masterpiece Theater" style to a forbidden subject -- homosexual love. Maurice is based on E.M. Forster's suppressed 1914 novel that was held back from publication until after his death. The film takes place at Cambridge, before World War I, when homosexuality was outlawed in Great Britain. Clive (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic Englishman with a life of privilege, suddenly shocks his close friend Maurice (James Wilby) by declaring his love for him. Maurice is initially stunned by the pronouncement, but in the end finds himself giving Clive a passionate kiss and telling him that he loves him as well. Clive, in the stiff-upper-lip British manner, considers their love to be more of an intellectual concept, but Maurice becomes passionate about the affair. Clive, afraid of being exposed as a homosexual, backs off and breaks up with Maurice for marriage, family, and politics. Maurice is crestfallen, but then he has a passionate affair with Clive's gamekeeper, Scudder (Rupert Graves), and Maurice and Scudder decide to risk their reputations by openly living together as lovers. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

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Maurice (1987)
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7.53 (187 votes)
Maurice (Bonus Disc) (1987)
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7.54 (41 votes)

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One of my 10 favorite movies with a gay theme by xscd November 16, 2004 - 6:55 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The production values are excellent.
The story is excellent.
The acting is excellent.

So many gay-themed movies fall short in one or more of the categories above. By "production values" I don't mean money spent, I mean good direction and good cinematography, costumes and settings evocative of the time period of the film, etc. Although this movie is an "A" movie in every respect, many lesser-expensive "B" movies also have art and integrity of production, such as "Beautiful Thing," another of my favorites.

The acting in this movie is superb, and the story, a posthumously published novel by british author E. M. Forster, is wonderful. This movie is engrossing, and this DVD anamorphic widescreen version is lush, detailed and beautiful.

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