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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Isabelle Amyes ...
Alexander John ...


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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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sheer dotted muslin gown Kate Winslet, (Marianne Dashwood), wears during the lawn bowling scene at Barton Park is the same costume Charity Wakefield (Marianne Dashwood) wears at Norland Park in Sense & Sensibility (2008). The costume is also worn by Amelia Warner (Fanny Price, age 17) in Mansfield Park (1999) and by Jennifer Higham (Louisa Musgrove) at Uppercross in Persuasion (2007). See more »


Edward Ferrars is cut off from all financial assistance by his mother, when his secret engagement to Lucy Steele is revealed because of her poorer circumstances, causing Colonel Brandon to offer him the parish on his estate, (ie he wishes to enter the clergy) so he can fulfill his promise to get married. Later Edward reveals to the Dashwoods, he broke off his engagement to Lucy because during her stay in London, she and his brother Robert had become drawn to each other, and had gotten married the previous week, which the family had mistakenly believed were Edward's nuptials. There is no apparent ostracism by the Ferrars family towards Robert, because of him getting married to the same woman, causing Edward to have been denied his financial support. See more »


Fanny: They're all exceedingly spoilt, I find. Miss Margaret spends all her time up trees and under furniture. I've barely had a civil word from Marianne.
Edward Ferrars: My dear Fanny, they've just lost their father. Their lives will never be the same again.
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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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