You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Maurice

Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality. Penned in 1914 but not allowed to be published until 1971 (a year after Forster's death) because of its subject matter, Maurice is not ranked among Forster's best work. Key opening scene has Maurice as a schoolboy on a beach-side outing being lectured by his teacher (Simon Callow), in comically fastidious fashion, on the changes that will soon occur in his body with the onset of puberty.

Cast:
James Wilby Hugh Grant Rupert Graves Denholm Elliott Simon Callow Billie Whitelaw

Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality. Penned in 1914 but not allowed to be published until 1971 (a year after Forster’s death) because of its subject matter, Maurice is not ranked among Forster’s best work. Key opening scene has Maurice as a schoolboy on a beach-side outing being lectured by his teacher (Simon Callow), in comically fastidious fashion, on the changes that will soon occur in his body with the onset of puberty.

Maurice Hall (James Wilby) is next seen grown up and attending Cambridge where, he meets handsome Clive Durham (Hugh Grant). Durham falls in love with him and though resisting at first Maurice later reciprocates, all on a platonic level.

Durham, under pressure from his mother (Judy Parfitt), gets married to a naive girl (Phoebe Nicholls) while Maurice finally physically consummates his homosexual inclination with Durham’s young game-keeper Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves).

Wilby as Maurice gives a workmanlike performance, adequate to the role but never soaring. He is far outshadowed by a superlative supporting cast.

1987: Nomination: Best Costume Design

Maurice

UK

Production: Merchant-Ivory. Director James Ivory; Producer Ismail Merchant; Screenplay Kit Hesketh-Harvey, James Ivory; Camera Pierre Lhomme; Editor Katherine Wenning; Music Richard Robbins; Art Director Brian Ackland-Snow

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 140 MIN.

With: James Wilby Hugh Grant Rupert Graves Denholm Elliott Simon Callow Billie Whitelaw

More Film

  • African Toons Take Off as Regional,

    African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

    Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality. Penned in 1914 but not allowed to be published until 1971 (a year after Forster’s death) because of its subject matter, Maurice is not ranked among Forster’s best work. Key opening scene has Maurice as a […]

  • Renee Zellweger

    Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’

    Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality. Penned in 1914 but not allowed to be published until 1971 (a year after Forster’s death) because of its subject matter, Maurice is not ranked among Forster’s best work. Key opening scene has Maurice as a […]

  • Busan: WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean

    WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean Fantasy ‘Gods’

    Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality. Penned in 1914 but not allowed to be published until 1971 (a year after Forster’s death) because of its subject matter, Maurice is not ranked among Forster’s best work. Key opening scene has Maurice as a […]

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    China Box Office: 'Kingsman' Dominates With $39 Million Opening

    Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality. Penned in 1914 but not allowed to be published until 1971 (a year after Forster’s death) because of its subject matter, Maurice is not ranked among Forster’s best work. Key opening scene has Maurice as a […]

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Tops International Box Office With China Debut

    Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality. Penned in 1914 but not allowed to be published until 1971 (a year after Forster’s death) because of its subject matter, Maurice is not ranked among Forster’s best work. Key opening scene has Maurice as a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content