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Release Date:
July 1980 (UK) See more »
Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old. | Add synopsis »
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Anne Baxter ... Lilliana Zorska

Robert Powell ... 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

Sean Young ... Ariadne Charlton
Bernard Barrow ... Mr. Polson
Lee H. Doyle ... Mr. Jarvis (as Lee Doyle)
Bella Jarrett ... Miss Klein
Naomi Riordan ... Mrs. Polson
David Redden ... Auctioneer
Gael Hammer ... Unsuccessful Bidders
Peter McPherson ... Unsuccessful Bidders
John Boyle ... Chair Carriers
Tim Burke ... Chair Carriers
Iman ... Sufi Leader
Brenda Holmes ... Dancers
Michon Peacock ... Dancers
Christina Stolberg ... Dancers
Michael Shawn ... Choreographer
Susan Hovey ... Marianne
Sarallen ... Fairbanks
Jacquelyn Roberts ... Mis Auberry

Sandra Seacat ... Thrift-Shop Lady
Jimmy Raitt ... Pianist (as James Riatt)
Wayne Tuthill ... Clergyman's Clerk
Jane Bryden ... Mezzo-soprano (voice)
Joyce Andrews ... Soprano (voice)
Frank Hoffmeister ... Tenor (voice)
David Evitts ... Bass (voice)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
Jane Austen (libretto Sir Charles Grandison) &
Samuel Richardson (libretto Sir Charles Grandison)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (written by)

Jane Austen (text Sir Charles Grandison, or The Happy Man)

Produced by
Connie Kaiserman .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Melvyn Bragg .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Larry Pizer (opera sequence)
Ernest Vincze 
Film Editing by
David E. McKenna 
Casting by
Judy Abbott 
Art Direction by
Jeremiah Rusconi 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
Makeup Department
Mona Orr .... hair stylist
Jeanne Richmond .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ron Palazzo .... production manager (as Ronald Palazzo)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Janet E. Fishman .... second assistant director (as Janet Fishman)
Ron Palazzo .... first assistant director (as Ronald Palazzo)
Art Department
Joe Petruccio Jr. .... props (as Joseph Petruccio)
Tom Randol .... assistant to art director
Michael Yeargan .... stage settings
Sound Department
Neil Fallon .... boom operator
Jack Higgins .... re-recording
Cabell Smith .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Brown .... focus puller
Richard Falk .... electrician
Richard Falk .... grip (as Rick Falk)
Mitchell Klebanoff .... assistant camera
James McGrath .... electrician
James McGrath .... grip
Darryl Peck .... electrician
Donald Sweeney .... camera operator (as Don Sweeney)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Beattie .... wardrobe (as William Beattie)
Nancy Lawson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Angelique Armand-Delille .... second assistant editor
Michael Fields .... assistant editor: rushes
Rita Stern .... assistant editor
Music Department
Katrina Hodiak .... composer: songs "It's Alright" and "Stay Beside Me"
Jonathan Rose .... music producer
Carmine Stippo .... composer: song "Here We Are Again"
Other crew
Jane Buck .... script supervisor
Wendy G. Glickstein .... production office coordinator (as Wendy Glickstein)
Philip Haas .... assistant to director
Mark Potter .... jack-of-all-trades
Andrei Serban .... stager: workshop sequence
Michael Shawn .... choreographer
Susie Simons .... location manager
Dorothea Swope .... script assistant
Ellen Stewart .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jane Austen" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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UK:111 min | USA:108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The picture has often been likened to Charlie Kaufman's later movie Adaptation. (2002).See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) (TV)See more »


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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A sad effort at what might have been good comedy., 13 August 2003
Author: Gerry-12 ( from Columbus Ohio USA

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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