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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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Sean Young Photo: Governors Awards 2011
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Producer Ismail Merchant Dies at 68
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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?

First released in 1980 which was the very next following year after the similarly titled Woody Allen movie Manhattan (1979) had debuted in the previous year of 1979.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) (TV)See more »


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
odd mix of styles and ideas, 19 January 2007
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

I must admit, I couldn't make out what this film was trying to be ... but I did like it.

Was it about Jane Austen's bit of juvenilia, Sir Charles Grandison, and theatrical productions of it?

Was it about Ariadne and her struggles with herself and her need to become a star?

Was it about Katya and her other life as a smoky bar dive singer?

Was it about Liliana and Pierre and the feelings they still had for themselves, years after they had been bedfellows?

Was it about theatre technique and the insecurities of those who live by greasepaint alone?

It is a slow, ponderous film, with some memorable sequences amongst the dull interludes; I like to call the good sequences the bits of gold in the sand!

Jane Austen's play, from what we see here, is hopeless, and I am sure those who paid big money at auction for it were kicking themselves afterwards - but as a starting point for a movie, Merchant Ivory have done a good job with their fresh new setting.

Robert Powell, fresh from Jesus of Nazareth, is good as Pierre but isn't quite charismatic enough to carry off his Svengali-like role. Anne Baxter is excellent in her final film role as the determined and devious Liliana, her appearance in the film is one of quiet dignity and of true star quality, and she can be funny too. Baxter's daughter Katrina Hodiak impresses as moody and mixed-up Katya and gets to perform a few lovely songs (one wonders why she didn't do more movies ... I was also struck by her strong resemblance to her father, 40s star John Hodiak). And Sean Young, in one of her earliest roles as Ariadne, is OK if you get past the big hair, but you would never have believed from this that she would become a star in films to come.

'Jane Austen in Manhattan' takes a fresh spin on an old author but does it by making a dark, complicated (and often yawn-inducing) movie.

However ... for those nuggets of gold, and they are there ... I would happily watch it again.

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