The Bostonians

The Bostonians (1984)

A BEAUTIFUL FILM . . . An intimate and exquisite probe of the feminist heart.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1984-01-01
  • User Rating: 4.9/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 2min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Merchant Ivory Productions
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director:
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From 8 Ratings


Based on Henry James's novel of the same name. This bittersweet tragicomedy centers on an odd triangle of characters: Basil Ransom, a political conservative from Mississippi; Olive Chancellor, Ransom's cousin and a Boston feminist; and Verena Tarrant, a pretty, young protégée of Olive's in the feminist movement. The storyline concerns the struggle between Ransom and Olive for Verena's allegiance and affection, though the film also includes a wide panorama of political activists, newspaper people, and quirky eccentrics.

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  • Christopher Reeve

    as Basil Ransome
  • Vanessa Redgrave

    as Olive Chancellor
  • Jessica Tandy

    as Miss Birdseye
  • Nancy Marchand

    as Mrs. Burrage
  • Linda Hunt

    as Dr. Prance
  • Wesley Addy

    as Dr. Tarrant
  • Madeleine Potter

    as Verena Tarrant
  • Wallace Shawn

    as Mr. Pardon
Directing James Ivory Director
Writing Henry James Novel
Writing Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenplay