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1,177 Ratings

Howards End

Directed by James Ivory
United Kingdom, 1992
Drama, Romance


Based on the 1910 novel, Howards End is a tour-de-force portrayal of E.M. Forster’s masterpiece about a society in transition.

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Howards End Directed by James Ivory

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1992 | Winner: 45th Anniversary Prize

Academy Awards

1993 | 3 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1993 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

Independent Spirit Awards

1993 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

National Board of Review

1992 | 4 wins including: Best Film

A piercing drama of property, inheritance, and the status of things, Howards End is a perfect marriage of filmmaking and source material, and is Merchant-Ivory’s greatest achievement. The irreconcilability of the classes is given near-mythic narrative shape in Forster’s elegantly woven tale of the inelegant weaving of three very disparate groups of people living in different castes of Edwardian England.
September 03, 2016
Don’t ever make the mistake of dismissing James Ivory’s E.M. Forster adaptation Howards End as a mere “costume drama.” Yes, the characters wear corsets and evening suits and talk through manners and inheritance. But in its own way, Ivory’s film has more to say about class, love, and marriage than many other contemporary (and purportedly edgier) movies.
August 24, 2016
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Ivory allows himself, despite the amount of story he has to get through, enthralling sequences of unhurried stillness and beauty that punctuate the action and enrapture the viewer… These moments of poetry and lyricism are emblematically essential to the story of Howards End, but they also constitute a luxury, aesthetically speaking, which Downton Abbey simply cannot afford.
March 17, 2014
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