The Bostonians

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The film 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 (although some have thought she was also a lesbian, but did not know it) and use Verena's 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).<ref name=rotten/>

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  • Movie ID 92264
  • Status Released
  • Released Worldwide January 1, 1984
  • Runtime 122 minutes
  • Genres Drama
  • Directors James Ivory
  • Writers Henry James
  • Original Country Great Britain
  • Original Language English
  • Spoken Languages English
  • Production Company Merchant Ivory Productions
  • Production Countries Great Britain
  • On Other Sites IMDB
  • Box Office Worldwide $1,009,700
  • Award Nominations Academy Awards, Costume Design, 1985
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  • Created March 26, 2019
  • Modified July 4, 2019

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