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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?


The pale blue dress with checked trim on the sleeves Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood) wears at Barton Cottage is the same costume Anna Madeley (Lucy Steele) wears when Edward calls at Mrs. Jennings' London house in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and by a guest at the Meryton Assembly ball in Pride & Prejudice (2005). See more »


When Marianne and Elinor return from London and join the Palmers at their estate, Marianne walks to the top of the hill to see Willoughby's estate. Elinor is inside by the window. First Mr. Palmer hands her a cup of tea, which she takes from his hand. The next shot is of Marianne, and then cuts back to Elinor. She no longer is holding a cup, but Mrs. Palmer pours another cup and hands it to her. See more »


Mrs Jennings: An entertainment, I declare. I cannot remember when's the last we had a songbird in the house.
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Referenced in The Vicar of Dibley: Red Nose Day Special (1999) See more »


The Dreame
Music by Patrick Doyle
text by Ben Jonson
End title performance by Jane Eaglen
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User Reviews

A subtle masterpiece
27 February 2001 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in a cinema back in 1996 and since that June I have seen it about a dozen times. It is true, that being an ardent lover of the so-called Romantic (as if the 13th century couldn't be Romantic or 17th, but these things are academic nonsense) period I can enjoy even minor pieces of period cinema, however this is most probably the best film set in the early 19th century. Although it centers on the relationship of the two sisters and their respective romantic relationships, it also seems to be a salute to the period itself in its precise description of the English country society. It is truthful to Jane Austen's novel, but Emma Thompson's script is fine in its own right, with many omissions and additions to the novel. The acting is superb, Kate Winslet as the typical Romantic dreamer (sensibility) is breathtaking (try not to be moved when her character wanders in the rain to see the house of her beloved and when she whispers half-deranged: 'Willoughby, Willoughby, Willoughby.') is perfect as is Emma Thompson as the rational but equally tormented older sister(sense). Greg Wise is perfect as the dashing semi-Byronic hero Willoughby and Allan Rickman as the mellow Brandon. To say nothing of the art direction, the music or the fantastic image composition. I would recommend everyone with some sort of emotional subtlety to see this film, for the story, the wit, the period and the imagery.

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