Plot – In 1909 at Cambridge college, young Clive Durham openly declares his love to his friend Maurice Hall, who at first rejects him disgusted, but then reciprocates with platonic love, only because Clive does not permit physical relationships. When a scandal for homosexuality destroys the life and career of a young nobleman in their group, Clive, frightened, breaks up with Maurice, and soon after gets married and dedicates himself enthusiastically to politics. Abandoned, anguished and alone, Maurice tries everything to recover from what he considers a disease: he consults doctors and he even tries to be treated with hypnosis, but fails to overcome his instincts. He feels guilty of a horrible habit, although he has yet to physically succumb to his desires. Having returned to visit Clive and his wife in their beautiful villa in the countryside, Maurice meets the attractive young gamekeeper Alec Scudder, who falls for him. After overcoming the fear of possibly being blackmailed by the young man, Maurice completely abandons himself to passion and, finally happy, accepts a full relationship with Alec, now acknowledging his homosexuality.
All actors – James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Billie Whitelaw, Barry Foster, Judy Parfitt, Phoebe Nicholls, Patrick Godfrey, Mark Tandy, Ben Kingsleyshow all
“Maurice” Quotes 11 quotes
“- Alec Scudder: You talk like a man who's never had to earn his living.
- Maurice Hall: You can do anything. Once you know what it is. We can live without money, without people. We can live without position. We're not fools. We're both strong. There'd be some place we could go.
- Alec Scudder: Wouldn't work, Maurice. Be the ruin of us both....” (continue)(continue reading)
“I'm an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.”
“The sole excuse for a relationship between two men is that it remains purely platonic. Surely you agree to that.”
“- Alec Scudder: Stop with me. Sleep the night with me.
- Maurice Hall: I can't. I've got an engagement. Full business dinner. It's my job. Meet me another evening instead.
- Alec Scudder: I can't come to London again. My father and Mr. Borenius will be passing remarks.
- Maurice Hall: What does it matter if they do?
- Alec Scudder: What does...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Did you dream you had a friend? Someone to last your whole life?”
“England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.”
“- Clive Durham: Maurice, I hope nothing is wrong?
- Maurice Hall: Pretty well everything.”