The Bostonians
The Bostonians (1984)

This film is set among the Back Bay uppercrust of the 19th century. Basil Ransom, bored by his opulent lifestyle and his "proper" friends, is fascinated by his cousin, outspoken suffragette Olive Chancellor. Basil and Olive's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 5, 1998
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

absorbing drama

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
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A literary work with exquisite production values and a vivid portrait of class differences in Boston social life at the turn of the century.

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jay nixon
Christopher Reeve is good if a bit stiff and Vanessa Redgrave is exquisite as always but the pace is slow and the central character and lead actress lack a… More
John Ballantine
An early Merchant-Ivory offering. It frankly just isn't very good. Poor Christopher Reeve had real problems when he had to stretch himself.