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Movie adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novels were all the rage (relatively speaking) in the mid-1990s. Clueless updated Austen's Emma, which was more conventionally adapted in another version (Emma) starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Emma was produced yet again, this time for British television, as were a celebrated miniseries of Pride and Prejudice and this splendid film of Austen's Persuasion. Persuasion is the story of a love that survives eight years of dormancy and the frustrating obstacles of class prejudice in 19th century England. Anne (Amanda Root) is captivated when she meets the dignified naval officer Capt. Wentworth (Ciarán Hinds), but she is advised to discourage his romantic overtures because he has no fortune. They meet again eight years later, but now Capt. Wentworth has become wealthy while Anne's father is in reduced circumstances in the wake of reckless extravagance. A series of circumstances ensue which prevent Anne and Wentworth from expressing their mutual and inevitable love. The film's success depends entirely on the subtle, superb performances of Root and Hinds. The film builds slowly, occasionally leaving you wondering if anything at all is going to happen. When it does, you realize how carefully crafted a film this is, and the final result is grandly rewarding. --Jeff Shannon

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Amanda RootAnne Elliot
Ciaran HindsCaptain Frederick Wentworth
Susan FleetwoodLady Russell
Corin RedgraveSir Walter Elliot
Fiona ShawMrs. Croft
John WoodvineAdmiral Croft
Phoebe NichollsElizabeth Elliot
Samuel WestMr. Elliot
Sophie ThompsonMary Musgrove
Judy CornwellMrs. Musgrove
Simon Russell BealeCharles Musgrove
Felicity DeanMrs. Clay
Roger HammondMr. Musgrove
Robert GlenisterCaptain Harvile

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Roger Michell
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 104 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 27, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 1, 2000
    EuropeFeb 1, 2000
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