Howards End [DVD] [1992]

  • SKU: 32203941
  • Release Date: 12/06/2016
  • Rating: PG
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features

  • 2016 on-stage Q&A
  • Interviews with the director and cast
  • New audio commentary track
  • Original theatrical trailer and 2016 re-release trailer
  • Closed Captioned


Howards End
One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster's classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film's catalyst is "poor relation" Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film's principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife (Nicola Duffett). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film's wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel's famous epigram, to "only connect" with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi's art direction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Anthony Hopkins
    Anthony Hopkins - Henry Wilcox
  • Emma Thompson
    Emma Thompson - Margaret Schlegel
  • Vanessa Redgrave
    Vanessa Redgrave - Ruth Wilcox
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    Helena Bonham Carter - Helen Schlegel
  • James Wilby
    James Wilby - Charles Wilcox

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must for Film Buffs!

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    Howard's End Mastered in 4K Restoration works like a glove and a charm. I love this film set in Sussex, England! The drama is real, the image quality is pristine and the restored DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio is Perfect! A must for true old school filmgoers!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Howards End


    The story and the actors are excellent. I am a fan of both Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson and they are perfect in this movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant film

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    Howards End is a work of both great beauty and vivid darkness,and one of cinemas best literary adaptations.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    I really enjoyed this movie. The criterion is a great collection.

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