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Emma (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  30 August 1996 (USA)
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In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman.



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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 <>

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Ema  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$240,649 (USA) (2 August 1996)


ITL 109,430,000 (Italy) (28 March 1997)

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The striped muslin day dress Toni Collette (Harriet Smith) wears reading Mr. Elton's charade is the same costume worn by Helen Fraser (Mrs. Morland) at Fullerton in Screen Two: Northanger Abbey (1987), Kate Ashfield (Ella, the Worrell's maid) in Princess Caraboo (1994), Sophia Myles (Susan Price) at Portsmouth in Mansfield Park (1999), and by Charity Wakefield (Marianne Dashwood) when Edward calls at Mrs. Jennings' London house in Sense & Sensibility (2008). See more »


Mr. Knightly's hairstyle and collar change during his proposal to Emma. See more »


Rev. Elton: Were I not an old married man, I should gladly do the job. But my dancing days are over.
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A very pleasant adaptation. And Northam is a real find!
26 February 2002 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

By no means my favourite Austen novel, and Paltrow is by no means my favourite actress, but I found the film almost totally delightful. Paltrow does a good job, and Cummings, Stevenson and the one who plays 'Miss Bates' are all absolutely terrific. The period detail is not alienating; the feel of the movie is just right, in fact. But the real 'find' is Jeremy Northam as Mr Knightley. There could not be more perfect casting, IMO. I hated Mr K in the novel, but found him wonderfully human and humane in the film. Northam's good looks and smiling eyes are no hindrance to enjoyment, either! Highly recommended. AnaR

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