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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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Michael Wager ...
George Midash
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Jamie
John Guerrasio ...
Gregory
Katrina Hodiak ...
Katya
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Philip Lenkowsky ...
Fritz
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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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Frank Miller at the Turner Classics Movies website states: "Merchant and Ivory had union problems throughout the production of Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980). The British unions objected to LWT [London Weekend Television] making a film in New York with no British crew members involved, while the U.S. unions complained about every short lunch hour or long day [director James] Ivory demanded. The Director's Guild was upset that [Andrei] Serban, who was not a Guild member, was directing actors and tried to stop Ivory from giving him a credit on the final film". See more »

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A sad effort at what might have been good comedy.
13 August 2003 | by 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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