The Bostonians
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Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Henry James, Merchant/Ivory's The Bostonians is set among the Back Bay uppercrust of the 19th century. Basil Ransom (Christopher Reeve), bored by his opulent lifestyle and his "proper" friends, is fascinated by his cousin, outspoken suffragette Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave). Basil and Olive's mutual friend is likeable, gregarious Verena Tannant (Madeleine Potter). Soon a triangle develops, albeit an unorthodox one: Basil and Olive both find themselves pursuing Verena, Basil because he is in love with her, and Olive… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Merchant Ivory screen adaptation of Henry James' novel is handsome, but suffers from the miscasting of Christopher Reeve and Madeleine Potter, though Vanessa Redgrave is decent."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"absorbing drama"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A literary work with exquisite production values and a vivid portrait of class differences in Boston social life at the turn of the century."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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