The Remains Of The Day


2h 14m 1993
The Remains Of The Day

Brief Synopsis

A proper British butler sacrifices happiness to remain faithful to his position.

Film Details

Also Known As
Lo que queda del día, Remains of the Day, vestiges du jour, Återstoden av dagen
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Historical
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
London, England, United Kingdom; Bath, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m

Synopsis

Told as a series of flashbacks leading up to WWII, a butler looks back on a lifetime spent in the service of an aristocratic English family.

Crew

Elizabeth Aldrich

Choreographer

Geoffrey Alexander

Music Coordinator

Aaron Anawalt

Sound

Luciana Arrighi

Production Designer

Gengiz Asiliskander

Driver

Simone Assanand

Art Assistant

Jill Avery

Wardrobe Assistant

Peter Batten

Other

Bryan Baverstock

Driver

Duke Of Beaufort

Thanks

Jenny Beavan

Costume Designer

Bernard Bellew

Assistant Director

David Bennett

Driver

Chrissie Beveridge

Makeup Artist

Brian Blamey

Foley Editor

Bob Blues

Production Accountant

John Bower

Driver

Paul Bradley

Executive Producer

John Bright

Costume Designer

Geoff R. Brown

Assistant Sound Editor

Chris Browning

Props

John Calley

Producer

Damienne Caron

Apprentice

Simon Cozens

Assistant Editor

Cyril Dickman

Technical Advisor

Diana Dill

Script Supervisor

Lorraine Fennell

Production Coordinator

David Field

Stand-In

Grace Field

Song Performer

Tommy Finch

Gaffer

Ted Fio Rito

Music Composer

Celestia Fox

Casting

Joe Friedman

Location Scout

Mark Fruin

Props

Peter Giblin

Office Runner

Michelle Gorchow

Associate Editor

Robert Hamilton

Advisor

Lorenz Hart

Music Composer

Victoria Harwood

Wardrobe Assistant

Rawdon Hayne

Camera

John Hedges

Construction Manager

Carol Hemming

Hairdresser

Joyce Herlihy

Production Supervisor

Derek Holding

Dialogue Editor

Jacky Holding

Production Accountant

Sue Honeybourne

Wardrobe

Malcolm Huse

Grip

Kazuo Ishiguro

Source Material (From Novel)

William James

Other

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Screenplay

Graham Johnson

Other

Sunil Kirparam

Production Accountant

Kerry Kohler

Assistant Editor

Fay Efrosini Lellios

Assistant

Dominic Lester

Rerecording Assistant

Annie Livings

Stand-In

Harry Macpherson

Music Composer

Paolo Mantini

Hairdresser

Andrew Marcus

Editor

Roderick Marley

Camera Trainee

Kathryn Martin

Assistant

Christian Mcwilliams

Location Manager

Ismail Merchant

Producer

Colin Miller

Sound Editor

Craig Mooney

Apprentice

Simon Moseley

Assistant Director

Sophie Mueller

Art Assistant

Ann Murray

Song Performer

Chris Newman

Assistant Director

Mike Nichols

Producer

Robin O'donoghue

Sound

Roger Pearce

Camera

Tony Pierce-roberts

Dp/Cinematographer

Tony Pierce-roberts

Director Of Photography

Colin Plenty

Location Assistant

Jill Quertier

Production

Harry Rabinowitz

Music Conductor

John F Ralph

Art Director

Richard Robbins

Music

Richard Rodgers

Music Composer

Donald Rosenfeld

Associate Producer

Sveva Costa Sanservino

Art Assistant

Derrick Santini

Photography

Franz Schubert

Music Composer

Adrian Simmonds

Wardrobe Assistant

Dennis Simmonds

Props

Bill Sommerville-large

Music

David Stephenson

Sound Recordist

Robert Stewart

Music Arranger

Albert Von Tilzer

Music Composer

Norma Webb

Makeup Artist

Les Weighell

Best Boy

Ian Whittaker

Set Decorator

Arthur Wicks

Property Master

Colin Wood

Boom Operator

Russ Woolnough

Assistant Sound Editor

Photo Collections

Remains of the Day - Movie Poster
Remains of the Day - Movie Poster

Film Details

Also Known As
Lo que queda del día, Remains of the Day, vestiges du jour, Återstoden av dagen
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Historical
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
London, England, United Kingdom; Bath, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1993
Anthony Hopkins

Best Actress

1993
Emma Thompson

Best Adapted Screenplay

1993

Best Art Direction

1993
Luciana Arrighi

Best Costume Design

1993

Best Director

1993
James Ivory

Best Original Score

1993

Best Picture

1993
John Calley

Best Picture

1993
Ismail Merchant

Best Picture

1993
Mike Nichols

Articles

The Remains of the Day


Anthony Hopkins came close to becoming the first actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for playing a stiff-upper-lip servant in The Remains of the Day (1993). (John Gielgud had won the supporting award for playing a butler in Arthur in 1981.) Though he lost Hollywood's golden boy, he still came out with five critics' awards on two continents for his work as possibly the most self-effacing and self-sacrificing butler in screen history.

James Stevens first appeared in the acclaimed novel by Japanese-born Englishman Kazuo Ishiguro in 1989. Playwright Harold Pinter read the book in galleys and immediately optioned the film rights. He offered his script to director Mike Nichols, and they agreed to cast Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning star of Reversal of Fortune (1990) as the butler who gives up all dreams of a personal life and romance to remain true to his post. As the housekeeper he loves and loses, they wanted either Meryl Streep, Glenn Close or Anjelica Huston.

But though Ishiguro's novel had been an international bestseller and won the Booker Prize, Columbia Studios was reluctant to commit $26 million to the project. As a result, Nichols stepped down as director, though he remained as producer. In his place, he hired James Ivory to direct. On the whole, it was an inspired choice, as Ivory had earned a reputation for directing sumptuous period pictures on a shoestring. Among his international hits had been two adaptations of E.M. Forster, A Room with a View (1986) and Howards End (1992), the latter teaming Hopkins with Emma Thompson, who won the Oscar for Best Actress.

Ivory decided to re-team his previous co-stars, even though Hopkins bore no resemblance to the slender, white-haired character in the book. As a result, some pundits dubbed the film The Remains of Howards End. Fleshing out the cast were Edward Fox as the English lord who ultimately betrays Hopkins, Christopher Reeve (in one of his best performances) as an American employer and future stars Ben Chaplin (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, 1996) and Lena Headey (the upcoming Ripley's Game). Ivory also turned to his usual screenwriter, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, to re-write the script (though she kept a few of Pinter's scenes). Although some critics complained that she had sacrificed the novel's darkly ironic tone, others found her more emotional approach to the story deeply moving.

One of Ivory's smartest choices in making the film was to hire Cyril Dickman, once the personal attendant to Queen Elizabeth, as a consultant on protocol and period manners (the film's action spans the '30s through the '50s). With a larger budget than usual for him, he shot on locations around England, including Powderham Castle and Badminton House. But for all his care, he didn't catch the contemporary bank sign that turns up behind Hopkins in one street scene.

Despite complaints from a few critics and less-than-spectacular box office, The Remains of the Day performed very well in the year-end awards. Hopkins was named Best Actor at Italy's David di Donatello Awards and by the London Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the Southeastern Film Critics Association. The film received eight Oscar nominations - including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress (Thompson), Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay - more than any other film that year except the ultimate winner, Schindler's List.

Producer: Mike Nichols, John Calley & Ismail Merchant
Director: James Ivory
Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Cinematography: Tony Pierce-Roberts
Art Direction: John Ralph & Ian Whittaker
Music: Richard Robbins
Principal Cast: Anthony Hopkins (James Stevens), Emma Thompson (Miss Sally Kenton), James Fox (Lord Darlington), Christopher Reeve (Jack Lewis), Peter Vaughan (Mr. Stevens, Sr.), Ben Chaplin (Charlie), Hugh Grant (Cardinal), Tim Piggott-Smith (Tom Benn), Lena Headey (Lizzie).
C-135m. Letterboxed.

by Frank Miller
The Remains Of The Day

The Remains of the Day

Anthony Hopkins came close to becoming the first actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for playing a stiff-upper-lip servant in The Remains of the Day (1993). (John Gielgud had won the supporting award for playing a butler in Arthur in 1981.) Though he lost Hollywood's golden boy, he still came out with five critics' awards on two continents for his work as possibly the most self-effacing and self-sacrificing butler in screen history. James Stevens first appeared in the acclaimed novel by Japanese-born Englishman Kazuo Ishiguro in 1989. Playwright Harold Pinter read the book in galleys and immediately optioned the film rights. He offered his script to director Mike Nichols, and they agreed to cast Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning star of Reversal of Fortune (1990) as the butler who gives up all dreams of a personal life and romance to remain true to his post. As the housekeeper he loves and loses, they wanted either Meryl Streep, Glenn Close or Anjelica Huston. But though Ishiguro's novel had been an international bestseller and won the Booker Prize, Columbia Studios was reluctant to commit $26 million to the project. As a result, Nichols stepped down as director, though he remained as producer. In his place, he hired James Ivory to direct. On the whole, it was an inspired choice, as Ivory had earned a reputation for directing sumptuous period pictures on a shoestring. Among his international hits had been two adaptations of E.M. Forster, A Room with a View (1986) and Howards End (1992), the latter teaming Hopkins with Emma Thompson, who won the Oscar for Best Actress. Ivory decided to re-team his previous co-stars, even though Hopkins bore no resemblance to the slender, white-haired character in the book. As a result, some pundits dubbed the film The Remains of Howards End. Fleshing out the cast were Edward Fox as the English lord who ultimately betrays Hopkins, Christopher Reeve (in one of his best performances) as an American employer and future stars Ben Chaplin (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, 1996) and Lena Headey (the upcoming Ripley's Game). Ivory also turned to his usual screenwriter, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, to re-write the script (though she kept a few of Pinter's scenes). Although some critics complained that she had sacrificed the novel's darkly ironic tone, others found her more emotional approach to the story deeply moving. One of Ivory's smartest choices in making the film was to hire Cyril Dickman, once the personal attendant to Queen Elizabeth, as a consultant on protocol and period manners (the film's action spans the '30s through the '50s). With a larger budget than usual for him, he shot on locations around England, including Powderham Castle and Badminton House. But for all his care, he didn't catch the contemporary bank sign that turns up behind Hopkins in one street scene. Despite complaints from a few critics and less-than-spectacular box office, The Remains of the Day performed very well in the year-end awards. Hopkins was named Best Actor at Italy's David di Donatello Awards and by the London Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the Southeastern Film Critics Association. The film received eight Oscar nominations - including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress (Thompson), Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay - more than any other film that year except the ultimate winner, Schindler's List. Producer: Mike Nichols, John Calley & Ismail Merchant Director: James Ivory Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro Cinematography: Tony Pierce-Roberts Art Direction: John Ralph & Ian Whittaker Music: Richard Robbins Principal Cast: Anthony Hopkins (James Stevens), Emma Thompson (Miss Sally Kenton), James Fox (Lord Darlington), Christopher Reeve (Jack Lewis), Peter Vaughan (Mr. Stevens, Sr.), Ben Chaplin (Charlie), Hugh Grant (Cardinal), Tim Piggott-Smith (Tom Benn), Lena Headey (Lizzie). C-135m. Letterboxed. by Frank Miller

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Anthony Hopkins was named best actor of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his work in "The Remains of the Day" (USA/1993) and "Shadowlands" (USA/1993).

Anthony Hopkins was named best actor of the year by the National Board of Review for his work in "The Remains of the Day" (USA/1993) and "Shadowlands" (USA/1993).

James Ivory was nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America. Ivory was previously nominated by the DGA for "A Room With a View" (Great Britain/1986) and "Howards End" (Great Britain/1992).

Mike Nichols, John Calley and Ismael Merchant were nominated for the 5th annual Golden Laurel award from the Producer's Guild of America.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was nominated for best adapted screenplay (1993) by the Writers Guild of America.

Expanded Release in United States February 11, 1994

Expanded Release in United States November 12, 1993

Expanded Release in United States November 19, 1993

Limited Release in United States November 5, 1993

Released in United States Fall November 5, 1993

Released in United States February 1994

Released in United States January 1995

Released in United States on Video May 4, 1994

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (closing night/out of competition) February 10-21, 1994.

Shown at International Film Festival of India (Filmotsav) in Bombay January 10-20, 1995.

Based upon Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, which won Britain's top literary award, the Booker Prize, in 1989.

Harold Pinter originally optioned Ishiguro's novel and wrote the first screenplay adaptation, developing it at Columbia with Mike Nichols attached to direct. When the Merchant Ivory team became involved with the project, they brought in their usual collaborator, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Due to a clause in his contract, Pinter's name does not appear in the credits.

James Ivory was named best director by the London Film Critics Circle (1993). Anthony Hopkins was also named best actor.

This is the 17th film featuring the teamwork of producer Ismael Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The only exception is "The Courtesans of Bombay" (1983), a documentary which Ivory produced and Merchant directed.

Emma Thompson won the Evening Standard Award for best actress for her performances in "The Remains of the Day" (USA/1993) and "Much Ado About Nothing" (Great Britain/USA/1993). In addition, Anthony Hopkins received a special award.

Began shooting September 21, 1992.

Completed shooting December 1, 1992.

Released in United States January 1995 (Shown at International Film Festival of India (Filmotsav) in Bombay January 10-20, 1995.)

Released in United States February 1994 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (closing night/out of competition) February 10-21, 1994.)

Expanded Release in United States February 11, 1994

Released in United States on Video May 4, 1994

Limited Release in United States November 5, 1993

Released in United States Fall November 5, 1993

Expanded Release in United States November 12, 1993

Expanded Release in United States November 19, 1993