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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
Location Management
Susie Simons .... location manager
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
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 »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Of the film's digital restoration, the movie's DVD sleeve notes state: "Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33.1. This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a C-Reality from a 35mm CRI blowup from the 16mm negative. The MTI Digital Restoration System was used to remove dirt, debris, and scratches. The soundtrack was mastered from the 35mm optical track".See more »
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Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
mixed bag for a narrow audience, 7 August 2002
Author: sore_throat from denver

First off I want to say that this is more of a drama with comedic overtones. The comedy is very subtle and dry. Of course, I'm not very familiar with Austen's work, so I'm certain that some of the jokes were completely over my head.

This film is too flawed for me to recommend, but I wouldn't dismiss it either-you know the type. It is somewhat pretentious and at times incomprehensible. The pace is very slow; a trait which here works equally for and against it I think.

What I did like was that, for a drama/comedy, it has a very weird vibe, almost dark at times. Or maybe it was just me.

It all adds up to a film that was alternatingly boring and intriguing. I say only check this out if you like seeing something different and don't mind a slow pace. I would be interested in seeing what a Jane Austen fan thinks of this film.

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