The Merchant Ivory Collection
In Boston in the aftermath of the Civil War, Verena Terrant (Madeleine Potter), a gifted young orator , has attracted the attention of Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave), who wishes to nurture Verena as an inspirational f-rce for the Women's Movement. But poisoned against her is Basil Ransom (Christopher Reeve), a handsome male chauvinist who wants Verena as his wife. Against a backdrop of luminous New England landscapes, the battle is joined, and for Olive, the struggle will prove an odyssey that f-rces her to acknowledge her true nature. Merchant Ivory Productions' acclaimed screen adaptation of the Henry James classic charts the struggle between two charismatic f-rces to gain control over the destiny of a spirited young woman.