Lewis: You are, all of you, amateurs. And international affairs should never be run by gentlemen amateurs. Do you have any idea of what sort of place the world is becoming all around you? The days when you could just act out of your noble instincts, are over. Europe has become the arena of realpolitik, the politics of reality. If you like: real politics. What you need is not gentlemen politicians, but real ones. You need professionals to run your affairs, or you're headed for disaster.
Factual error: In the scene towards the end of the film where Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) is about to walk into the Hotel to meet Mrs Benn (Emma Thompson) for the last time a modern Nat West Bank sign is clearly visible for about three frames in the top right of the screen. The Nat West Bank did not exist in 1956, where this scene is supposed to take place. At that time it was still the National Provincial Bank and the Westminster Bank. They merged some years later.
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