The Bostonians

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 because she wants to exploit Verena's social connections and gift for public speaking to promote her own political ideology. Lurking in the background is Verena's true love, poor-but-honest attorney Henry Burrage (John Van Ness).

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2019
UPC: 0741952852094
Original Release: 1984
Rating: NR
Source: Cohen Media Group
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 10,057

Special Features

New interview with director James Ivory; Conversations from the Quad: James Ivory on The Bostonians; Original trailer; 2018 Re-release trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Reeve Basil Ransome
Vanessa Redgrave Olive Chancellor
Madeleine Potter Verena Tarrant
Jessica Tandy Miss Birdseye
Nancy Marchand Mrs. Burrage
Wesley Addy Dr. Tarrant
Linda Hunt Dr. Prance
Nancy New Mrs. Adeline Luna
Wallace Shawn Mr. Pardon
Maura Moynihan Henrietta Stackpole
Martha Farrar Mrs. Farrinder
Peter Bogyo Mr. Gracie
Barbara Byrne Mrs. Tarrant
Lee Doyle Mr. Filer
Charles McCaughan Music Hall Policeman
June Mitchell Party Guest
John Van Ness Philip Henry Burrage
Jon Van Ness Henry Burrage

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Mark Potter Editor
Leo Austin Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Beckett Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Elton Set Decoration/Design
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Connie Kaiserman Producer
Michael S. Landes Producer
Walter Lassally Cinematographer
Ismail Merchant Producer
Al Schwartz Producer
Katherine Wenning Editor
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Henry James Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bostonians
1. The Positon Of Women [11:21]
2. More Than Friends [8:58]
3. A Star In The Making [10:54]
4. Courting Verena [9:55]
5. Keeping Promises [7:44]
6. A Marriage Of Ideas [11:43]
7. Three's A Crowd [10:24]
8. Meant For Something Different [7:56]
9. An Unwelcome Guest [11:01]
10. The Difference An Hour Makes [10:55]
11. Gone Away [7:33]
12. The Cry Of All Women [11:10]
13. End Credits [2:22]

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