Two sisters of opposing temperaments find love and some heartbreak in Jane Austen's 18th century classic.
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 Elinor Dashwood (7 episodes, 1981)
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 Marianne Dashwood (7 episodes, 1981)
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 Mrs. Jennings (7 episodes, 1981)
Robert Swann ...
 Colonel Brandon (6 episodes, 1981)
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 Sir John Middleton (5 episodes, 1981)
Marjorie Bland ...
 Lady Middleton (5 episodes, 1981)
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 Edward Ferrars (5 episodes, 1981)
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 John Willoughby (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Tom (4 episodes, 1981)
Gina Rowe ...
 Susan (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Mrs. Dashwood (4 episodes, 1981)
Peter Gale ...
 John Dashwood (3 episodes, 1981)
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The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, must search for a new house with their mother; their former home and the majority of the money having been inherited by their half-brother at the passing of their father. The family is given the lease of a cottage by a kind cousin. Disciplined and restrained Elinor forms an attachment to quiet Edward Ferrars, while her impetuous and emotional sister Marianne falls for dashing John Willoughby. However, the Dashwoods' lack of fortune and the strict social structure of 18th century England affects the marriage prospects of both sisters. Written by L. Hamre

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Unlike the 1995 Ang Lee version, the producers deliberately cast actors closer to the ages of the characters in the novel. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Dashwood: Elinor, where are your feelings?
Elinor Dashwood: I govern them.
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Version of Scents and Sensibility (2011) See more »

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Piano Sonatina in G Major: II. Rondo - Allegro
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Excellent Austen adaptation
13 September 1998 | by (Halberstadt, Germany) – See all my reviews

An excellent adaptation of the Austen novel, though the production values can`t compare with the later film. The script is faithful to the original. The performances by the male leads are a bit bland.


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