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While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr Weston
Denys Hawthorne ...
Mrs Goddard
Mrs Bates
Edward Woodall ...
Mr. Martin
Brett Miley ...
Little Boy
John Knightley
Karen Westwood ...
Paul Williamson ...


Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr. Knightly. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Cupid is armed and dangerous!


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ema  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,649, 4 August 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,201,883, 24 November 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Nicole Kidman and Diane Lane turned down the lead role. See more »


When Harriet meets Robert Martin and his sister in Fords, it is raining. She goes in and is only slightly damp, and apparently soon dries off. When she leaves, and Robert Martin runs after her they are only out in the pouring rain for a few seconds yet when they both stop you can clearly see that they are both absolutely drenched when they should have only been getting a little wet. See more »


[Emma shoots a badly-aimed arrow]
Mr. Knightley: Try not to kill my dogs.
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Crazy Credits

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arranged by Rachel Portman
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Jeremy Northam - a delectable Mr. Knightley
5 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Emma is a true romance. If you love the soppy stuff, charged with wit and folly, you will love this movie! Its true to the novel, which is very important, with a few twists added for pleasure. Gwen is not one of my fave actreesess but she does justice to a role that required everything that she had to offer in spades. She shines in a role i think no other actress could have done proper justice to.

Jeremy Northam, as the hero. how shocked are you? I never looked upon him as overtly handsome but heck! What the right role can do for you! He looks so good as the sensible, regal Mr. K, that i am literally looking at him in a new light. He makes and excellent romantic lead. The charm and character that he brings to his role is wonderful!

Ewan McGregor, Greta Sacchi brings in the rest. a good cast. A good movie. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, see this movie, along with Pride and Prejudice - AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, buy the books. It enhances the movie to heights that are extraordinary

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