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Howards End

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Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist Henry J. Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Ruth (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class couple Leonard Bast (Sam West) and Jacky (Niccola Duffet).
The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters’ lives are connected to the ownership of Howards End, a beloved country home.
An adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 compelling study of one woman’s struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society’s moribund conformist values. A classic novel of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England.
Cannes 2016 - Cannes Classics


Type of film
Running Time
140 mins
James Ivory
Ismail Merchant
Ann Wingate
Executive Producer
Paul Bradley
Andrew Marcus
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay), E.M. Forster (novel)
Director of Photography
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Production Designer
Luciana Arrighi
Richard Robbins
Principal Cast
Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Samuel West, James Wilby
Restoration Details
A presentation of the Cohen Film Collection LLC. 'Howards End' has been digitally restored from the original camera negative held at the archive of the George Eastman Museum, completed in 4K by Cineric Portugal – Simon Lund. Colour grading under the supervision of cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts and director James Ivory, by Steve Bearman, Mark Bonnici and Graham Jones at Deluxe Restoration in London. 5.1 audio track restoration by John Polito at Audio Mechanics in Burbank.

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Last updated 28th April 2016

Production Company

UK, Japan, US coproduction

A Merchant Ivory Productions (UK/ US) presentation in association with Sumito Corporation (JP), Imaica (JP), Cinema Ten (JP), Japan Satellite Broadcasting (JP), Ide Productions (JP), Film Four International (UK)

Merchant Ivory Productions


Cohen Media Group (World sales - Restored version)
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