The Bostonians

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's finely honed script cuts through both Henry James' cynicism and the dense jungle of his prose to reveal a story of unexpected passion, a love triangle set against the early stirrings of the suffragette movement in late 19th century Boston. The core of the film is the battle between shy, intense proto-feminist and struggling, reactionary lawyer for the love, and allegiance, of a young girl who also happens to be a formidably gifted orator. At times too decorous, too slow for its own good, it is given guts by intense, acutely observed performances from Reeve and Redgrave.


Release details

122 mins

Cast and crew

James Ivory
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Christopher Reeve
Vanessa Redgrave
Madeleine Potter
Jessica Tandy
Nancy Marchand
Wesley Addy
Linda Hunt
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