Christopher Reeve as Basil Ransome; Vanessa Redgrave as Olive Chancellor; Madeleine Potter as Verena Tarrant; Jessica Tandy as Miss Birdseye; Nancy Marchand as Mrs. Burrage; Wesley Addy as Dr. Tarrant; Linda Hunt as Dr. Prance; Nancy New as Mrs. Adeline Luna; Wallace Shawn as Mr. Pardon; Maura Moynihan as Henrietta Stackpole; Barbara Bryne as Mrs. Tarrant; Charles McCaughan as Music Hall Policeman
Based on Henry James's novel of the same name. This bittersweet tragicomedy centers on an odd triangle of characters: Basil Ransom, a political conservative from Mississippi; Olive Chancellor, Ransom's cousin and a Boston feminist; and Verena Tarrant, a pretty, young protï¿½gï¿½e of Olive's in the feminist movement. The storyline concerns the struggle between Ransom and Olive for Verena's allegiance and affection, though the film also includes a wide panorama of political activists, newspaper people, and quirky eccentrics.