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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

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When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and their three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery John Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. Written by Kathy Li

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Lose your heart and come to your senses.

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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26 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sensatez y sentimientos  »

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Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,043,343 (UK) (15 March 1996)

Gross:

$42,700,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Emma Thompson was asked to write the screenplay by producer Lindsay Doran when she discovered their shared love of Jane Austen when working together on Dead Again (1991). See more »

Goofs

The scene at Norland where Edward is reading the poem is set in the evening. The following scene where the Dashwoods receive the letter from Sir John Middleton occurs in the afternoon. The next scene between Marianne and Elinor in the bedroom occurs again at night but is referred to as if it had happened earlier the same evening. See more »

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Margaret: [in church] Do you think he'll kneel down when he asks her?
Elinor Dashwood: Shh!
Margaret: [from the pulpit] The fear of Him is the beginning of wisdom.
Margaret: They always kneel down.
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Very good adaptation.
30 November 2000 | by (Sheffield England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best of the recent Jane Austen films, from one of her weaker books. Emma Thompson has done a fine job of the script, not slavishly remaining faithful to the book but not abandoning it either.

The cast are uniformally excellent. I especially liked Kate Winslet's Marianne and Alan Rickman's Brandon. Emma Thompson's performance is almost good enough to make you forget that she is far to old for the part. The supporting cast are all excellent.

Ang Lee's direction shows the same skill that it did in the excellent Eat Drink Man Woman and the scenery and costumes are beautiful (perhaps too beautiful).

This is more romantic and less comic than say Emma, and Thompson's script wisely stays away from the kind of set-piece gags seen in the recent film of Emma. All in all, this is excellent.


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