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3.7
635 Ratings

Maurice

Directed by James Ivory
United Kingdom, 1987
Drama, Romance, LGBT+

Synopsis

Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge.

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Maurice Directed by James Ivory

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1987 | 3 wins including: Best Music

Academy Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

Ghent Film Festival

2018 | Classics

A lush, lavish period drama that offers one of the most poignant gay love stories ever committed to film, not to mention a respectable dose of (still rare) male nudity.
May 26, 2017
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Built around, naturally, tortured and unrequited love and self-denial, the film nevertheless invests fully in the moments of beauty its leads and its style generate while always binding them to a larger, often architectural, milieu with careful, delicate remove.
May 17, 2017
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How refreshing to watch an Edwardian period drama in which what’s queer is not relegated to the subtextual. MAURICE, the 1987 adaptation of E. M. Forster’s posthumous novel, is the definitive coming-out blockbuster… It’s as stylish and sexy as PRICK UP YOUR EARS or the BBC’s Brideshead Revisited, but concise and without the hammer fall or the lifetime of melancholy. It remains one of the few mainstream queer-topic films from that era that doesn’t feel dated.
February 12, 2010
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