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Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

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Lilliana Zorska
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Pierre
Michael Wager ...
George Midash
Tim Choate ...
Jamie
John Guerrasio ...
Gregory
Katrina Hodiak ...
Katya
Kurt Johnson ...
Victor Charlton
Philip Lenkowsky ...
Fritz
Charles McCaughan ...
Billie
Nancy New ...
Jenny
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Ariadne Charlton
Bernard Barrow ...
Mr. Polson
Lee H. Doyle ...
Mr. Jarvis (as Lee Doyle)
Bella Jarrett ...
Miss Klein
Naomi Riordan ...
Mrs. Polson
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Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

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The film was an adaptation of a play "Sir Charles Grandison" that Jane Austen wrote as a fourteen year old teenager circa 1800 and not first published until 1980, the year the film was released. It had been adapted from the book "Sir Charles Grandison" aka "The History of Sir Charles Grandison" aka "Sir Charles Grandison or The happy Man, a Comedy in 6 acts" (1753) by Samuel Richardson. See more »

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A sad effort at what might have been good comedy.
13 August 2003 | by (Columbus Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

It seems that a manuscript of Jane Austen's play "Sir Charles Grandison" was in fact discovered fairly recently. I have not read it, but I cannot believe that Ivory-Merchant-Jhabvala could really have understood it. Austen's young writings are brilliantly comic, but if there is anything funny in `Jane Austen in Manhattan' I missed it.

The film could have been a good satirical comedy. Maybe parts of it are funny to the Manhattan in crowd of the off-off-Broadway theatre, but you will have to know the participants in that activity a lot better than I do to enjoy this movie.

The central figure seems to be that played by Sean Young. James Ivory does not bring out any aspect of competence or charm this young woman may have, thus making the contest for her participation in the two competing efforts to produce a play pointless.


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