Like HOWARDS END, MAURICE is based on an E. M. Forster novel set amid the repressive constrictions of Edwardian England. In an era in which homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, Cambridge students Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) keep their romance a secret. When Clive renounces his past, marries and moves to his wealthy wife's rural estate, Maurice continues to visit his former love, attracting the attention of the couple's gamekeeper, Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves). As a new forbidden love blossoms, Maurice is faced with heart-wrenching choices. The supporting cast includes Ben Kingsley, Simon Callow, Billie Whitelaw and Denholm Elliott. DIR/SCR James Ivory; SCR Kit Hesketh-Harvey, from the novel by E. M. Forster; PROD Ismail Merchant. UK, 1987, color, 140 min. RATED R
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