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Emma Thompson scores a double bull's-eye with this marvelous adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Not only does Thompson turn in a strong (and gently humorous) performance as one of the Dashwood sisters--the one with "sense"--she also wrote the witty, wise screenplay. Austen's tale of 19th-century manners and morals provides a large cast with a feast of possibilities, notably Kate Winslet, in her pre-Titanic flowering, as Thompson's deeply romantic sister. Winslet attracts the wooing of shy Alan Rickman (a nice change of pace from his bad-guy roles) and dashing Greg Wise, while Thompson must endure an incredibly roundabout courtship with Hugh Grant, here in fine and funny form. All of this is doled out with the usual eye-filling English countryside and handsome costumes, yet the film always seems to be about the careful interior lives of its characters. The director, an inspired choice, is Taiwan-born Ang Lee, who brings the same exquisite taste and discreet touch he displayed in his previous Asian films (such as Eat Drink Man Woman). Thompson's script won an Oscar, and 1995 was a fine year for Jane Austen all around: Persuasion was made into an excellent picture, and Emma became the spritzy high school comedy Clueless. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

James FleetJohn Dashwood
Tom WilkinsonMr. Dashwood
Harriet WalterFanny Ferrars Dashwood
Kate WinsletMarianne Dashwood
Emma ThompsonElinor Dashwood
Gemma JonesMrs. Dashwood
Hugh GrantEdward Ferrars
Robert HardySir John Middleton
Alan RickmanCol. Christopher Brandon
Greg WiseJohn Willoughby
Imelda StauntonCharlotte Jennings Palmer
Imogen StubbsLucy Steele
Hugh LaurieMr. Palmer
Richard LumsdenRobert Ferrars
Oliver Ford DaviesDoctor Harris

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 136 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 13, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
    AustraliaG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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