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Bostonians, The Movie

80s Film Summary for Bostonians, The


This 80ís movie is based on the novel of the same name, written by Henry James. A man will try to win the heart of a woman who identifies herself with the feminist movement.

Bostonians, The DVD


The movie The Bostonians is set in the final years of the 19th century, just after the Civil War. Basil Ransom, a veteran from the war and a lawyer from Mississippi, decides to visit his cousin, Olive Chancellor, who lives in Boston.

Olive takes her cousin to a feminist rally. There, Ransom will fall in love with one of the speakers, Verena Tarrant. As the film The Bostonians evolves, they will start to deal with their feelings. However, destiny may interpose between them.


Basil Ransome - Christopher Reeve
Olive Chancellor - Vanessa Redgrave
Miss Birdseye - Jessica Tandy
Verena Tarrant - Madeleine Potter
Mrs. Burrage - Nancy Marchand


Due to her role in the film The Bostonians, Vanessa Redgrave received her fourth nomination for the Oscar.

The scene inside the Boston Music Hall was actually filmed in the New York City Hall since the Bostonians required a civic hall with a pipe organ.

Academy Awards:

Vanessa Redgrave won for Best Actress In A Leading Role for the role of Olive Chancellor in Bostonians, The.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Bostonians, The was released to theatres on 07/20/1984 by ALMI, and grossed $1,009,700 at the box office in the US on a budget of .

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