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Masterpiece Classic (2008)





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A precocious Edwardian girl suffocating from the social norms is forced to choose between following her heart and obliging her family's wishes after falling for a handsome but unsuitable stranger during a trip to Italy. Based on author E.M. Forster's tale of forbidden love and scripted by Pride and Prejudice scribe Andrew Davies, director Nicholas Renton's playful period drama follows young Lucy Honeychurch as she takes a trip to Italy and exchanges a brief albeit life-altering kiss with the unsuitable George Emerson. Later, as Lucy's snooping chaperone attempts to keep her on the path laid out by her family, her engagement to the dull Cecil draws near, and her repressed feelings boil to the surface, she is taken aback to encounter the dashing object of her affections back in her homeland of England. What's a girl to do when her wedding date has been set in stone but the love of her life won't be standing at the alter?


Elaine Cassidy
as Lucy Honeychurch
Laurence Fox
as Cecil Vyse
Rafe Spall
as George Emerson
Sophie Thompson
as Charlotte Bartlett
Mark Williams
as Mr. Beebe
Timothy Spall
as Mr. Emerson
Sinead Cusack
as Miss Lavish
Elizabeth McGovern
as Mrs. Honeychurch
Timothy West
as Rev. Eager
Tag Stewart
as Freddy Honeychurch
Sheila Reid
as Miss Alan
Gilda Gradi
as Signora Bertolini
Alice Bachi
as Paolo's sister
Paolo Antonioni
as Young Man
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Disappointing and unnecessary redo of the Forster tale. Elaine Cassidy doesn't come close to Helena Bonham Carter's charm and winsomeness and without that the whole enterprise is doomed from the start. The only actor to perform with any distinction is Sophie Thompson who makes a fine Cousin Charlotte, different from Maggie Smith but fun in her fluttery way. The other cast members, fine actors though they may be in other places, are adrift here dwarfed by the memory of classic performances. Even considered separately the production seems flat and airless with the scenes following one another but without a sense of cohesion. To top it all off the ending is a mess. Watch the far superior original instead!

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