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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Amanda Root was originally sought for the role of Marianne, and performed the role at a read-through of an early draft of the script. However, by the time the film was being made, Root could not appear, as she was already working on another Jane Austen film, Persuasion (1995). See more »


Marianne plays three different contemporary keyboard instruments, but each sounds like a modern grand piano. See more »


[after a reading of Spenser's The Faerie Queen]
Marianne: Shall we continue tomorrow?
Colonel Brandon: No, for I must away.
Marianne: Away? Where?
Colonel Brandon: That I cannot tell you. It is a secret.
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Referenced in The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger (2006) See more »


The Dreame
Music by Patrick Doyle
text by Ben Jonson
End title performance by Jane Eaglen
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21 January 2001 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is my all time favourite adaption of one of the best novels ever made. And since it's filled with my favourite actors and actresses (except from Hugh Grant, of course...) I was pretty exalted about seeing it for the first time.

Now I've seen it like ten times and I find more and more to love about it. Emma Thompson should have a thousands oscars for her beautiful deeds in this film, not only as an excellent actress but also as the one who changed the novel to a script. she's done everything right. and could Ang Lee possibly have found any better actors for the parts? I really doubt. Kate Winslet is stunning as Marianne, the wild, strong girl who got full attention from two very special men. Hugh Grant gives us the usual performance of a nervous, very English guy (please, could someone give him a different part, at least once!) but I forgive him in this lovely film however. and Alan Rickman- he's just wonderful! He gives Brandon the right amount of sadness, tenderness and love- and sweeps anyone of their feet just by being in the scene. And God, that voice! Why on earth would Marianne chose anyone else but him?

Emma Thompson is probably the best actress ever. I adore her. Her performance is brilliant. She's brilliant. The whole film is so brilliant!

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