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The Remains of the Day ()

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featuring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox, Christopher Reeve, Peter Vaughan, Hugh Grant

Filmed with the usual meticulous attention to period and detail of films from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, The Remains of the Day is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Anthony Hopkins plays Stevens, the "perfect" butler to a prosperous British household of the 1930s. He is so unswervingly devoted to serving his master, a well-meaning but callow British lord (James Fox), that he shuts himself off from all emotions and familial relationships. New housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) tries to warm him up and awaken his humanity. But when duty calls, Stevens won't even attend his own dying father's last moments on earth. The butler also refuses to acknowledge the fact that his master is showing signs of pro-Nazi sentiments. Disillusioned by Hitler's duplicity, the master dies an embittered man, and only then does Stevens come to realize how his own silence has helped bring about this sad situation. Years later, regretting his lost opportunities in life, he tries once more to make contact with Miss Kenton, the only person who'd ever cared enough to seek out the human being inside the butler's cold veneer. Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

Fabulous acting

by snookyg on Jun 30, 2009

Anthony Hopkins is great in this movie. He really plays the part to perfection, as did Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeves and James Fox. Mostly it's about the sad realization that one's life can slip away, and if you haven't acted on your feelings, been too engrossed in your work and/or your own particular neurosis, well, that can be a very sad and lonely thing to acknowledge in the end. But the movie weaves that aspect of the story into another story about Nazi Germany's attempt to involve England just prior to the beginning of the war. Actually it's all about the danger of being "clueless" to your own feelings and what is going on around you. Very well done.

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