Columbia Pictures presents, a Mike Nichols, John Calley, Merchant Ivory Production ; screenplay, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ; producers, Mike Nichols, John Calley, Ismail Merchant ; director, James Ivory.
The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe. Stevens is the perfect English butler - an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths, as he serves his master Lord Darlington. Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Miss Kenton, the estate's housekeeper, watches the goings-on upstairs with horror.