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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 January 1996 (USA)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Lose your heart and come to your senses.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sensatez y sentimientos  »

Box Office


$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,043,343 (UK) (15 March 1996)


$42,700,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is an ironic twist surrounding the casting of Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson and Greg Wise. Although they portray love interests on screen, Kate Winslet and Greg Wise only dated briefly in reality before Greg took to Winslet's on-screen sister Emma Thompson. Thompson and Wise were together for 8 years before getting married. Together they have one adopted son and one biological daughter. Interestingly, Richard Lumsden who portrays Thompson's on-screen brother-in-law Robert Ferrars, is her brother-in-law in real life. Lumsden is married to Emma's younger sister Sophie Thompson who was also featured in a movie adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion." Sophie Thompson portrayed the younger sister of the story's main character Anne Elliot, who was portrayed by Amanda Root who ironically enough was sought for the role of Marianne in "Sense & Sensibility." Root however, could not appear due to her obligations to film "Persuasion." (In a nutshell, Amanda Root landed a role in a Jane Austen adaptation and was coincidentally asked to star in another one. When she could not appear, another actress who dated the future husband of her on-screen sister's sister was given the role, and her on-screen sister's real life husband portrayed the on-screen brother-in-law of his real life sister-in-law in the same film that she could not star in.) See more »


When Marianne wanders off from the Palmers' house, and Elinor is staring out the window, Mr. Palmer speaks to her and hands her a cup of tea. Immediately following that, Charlotte pours a cup of tea and gives it to Elinor, who thanks her and receives it with both hands. See more »


Elinor Dashwood: You talk of feeling idle and useless. Imagine how that is compounded when one has no hope and no choice of any occupation whatsoever.
Edward Ferrars: Our circumstances are therefore precisely the same.
Elinor Dashwood: Except that you will inherit your fortune. We cannot even earn ours.
Edward Ferrars: Perhaps Margaret is right.
Elinor Dashwood: Right?
Edward Ferrars: Piracy is our only option.
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Referenced in From Prada to Nada (2011) See more »


The Dreame
Music by Patrick Doyle
text by Ben Jonson
End title performance by Jane Eaglen
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jaded seniors
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's not easy to get seniors to do anything, even watch a movie and when you mention Jane Austen, they zone out. Yet each year when we do this film in class, about 80 percent end up loving it and that includes the guys. It's wonderful to watch them respond to the characters and get into a film that is so "talky" when they have been used to high action. To hear the girls call Willoughby a jerk and applaud Brandon at the end is great, but to listen to the boys comment on the behavior of the various characters is even better. How they respond to a society so filled with strict manners and codes of behavior also makes this film worthwhile and it generates much discussion about the importance of money in life; well, even Thompson in the commentary said the film is about money, who has it and who does not. I love showing this film to my students; after the groans when I start it on the first day, it's wonderful to hear their comments on day five when we finish. As one senior male said this year, "I wouldn't have rented this or wanted to see it, but now that I have, I admit it was pretty good, so I'm glad you showed it." This is why they are classics, kiddies.

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