The Bostonians – The Merchant Ivory Collection [DVD] (1984) *RARE NEW*

The Bostonians – The Merchant Ivory Collection [DVD] (1984) *RARE NEW*


In Boston in the aftermath of the Civil War, Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter), a gifted young orator, has attracted the attention of Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave), who wishes to nurture Verena as an inspirational force for the Womens’ Movement. But ranged against her is Basil Ransom (Christopher Reeve), a handsome male chauvinist, who wants Verena as his wife. Against a backdrop of luminous New England landscapes, battle is joined, and for Olive the struggle will prove an odyssey that forces her to acknowledge her true nature. Merchant Ivory Productions’ acclaimed screen adaptation of the Henry James classic charts the struggle between two charismatic forces to gain control over the destiny of a spirited young woman.

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Based on Henry James' novel, Merchant-Ivory's The Bostonians tells the story of Olive Chancellor, a 19th-century Boston woman dedicated to the suffrage movement who takes Verena Tarrant, a radical young woman, under her wing. But her cousin, is a male chauvinist who wants to marry and domesticate the young woman and a battle of wills ensues over her future.
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The Bostonians
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Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Based on The Bostonians
by Henry James
Starring Christopher Reeve
Vanessa Redgrave
Jessica Tandy
Madeleine Potter
Nancy Marchand
Wesley Addy
Barbara Bryne
Linda Hunt
Charles McCaughan
Nancy New
John Van Ness Philip
Wallace Shawn
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Distributed by Almi Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 2 August 1984 (United States)
Running time
122 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,009,700

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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