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Writers (WGA):
Jane Austen (novel)
Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 August 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Cupid is armed and dangerous!
Plot:
In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Paltrow Perfect See more (144 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Douglas McGrath 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jane Austen (novel)

Douglas McGrath (screenplay)

Produced by
Patrick Cassavetti .... producer
Donna Gigliotti .... executive producer
Donna Grey .... associate producer
Steven Haft .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
 
Cinematography by
Ian Wilson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Sarah Trevis 
 
Production Design by
Michael Howells 
 
Art Direction by
Joshua Meath-Baker  (as Joshua Meath Baker)
Sam Riley 
 
Set Decoration by
Totty Whately 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Susie Adams .... chief makeup designer
Polly Earnshaw .... makeup runner
Tina Earnshaw .... chief makeup designer
Kay Georgiou .... assistant hair stylist
Sian Grigg .... assistant makeup artist
Simon Thompson .... chief hair designer
Sara Raeburn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alison Begg .... second assistant director
Russell Channon .... third assistant director
Caleb Menges .... third assistant director
Davina Nicholson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Graham Barford .... stand-by carpenter
Clive Brown .... stand-by prop
Carlo Bulley .... art department trainee
Dempsey Cook .... dressing propman
Danny Euston .... property master
Gary Evans .... stand-by stagehand
Andrew Golding .... construction manager
Jason Line .... scenic artist
Brian Lofthouse .... storeman
David Meeking .... stand-by painter (as Dave Meeking)
Ray Morgan .... dressing propman
Ian Newton .... chargehand stand-by prop
Stephen Scott .... scenic artist
Philip Shaw .... carpenter
Lucinda Sturgis .... production buyer
Harry Van Rooij .... carpenter
James Winby .... carpenter
Roger Holden .... key greensman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brian Blamey .... footsteps editor
Mike Bleach .... sound assistant
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant sound editor (as Geoff Brown)
Paul Carr .... re-recording mixer
Robert Farr .... re-recording mixer
Derek Holding .... dialogue editor
Colin Miller .... supervising sound editor
Chris Munro .... sound mixer
Lionel Selwyn .... foley artist
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Colin Wood .... sound maintenance
 
Visual Effects by
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... motion control camerman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
James Bloom .... clapper loader
Richard Broome .... grip
David Bruce .... electrician (as Dave Bruce)
Mark Evans .... electrician
Wayne Leach .... electrician
Roz Naylor .... focus puller
Ricky Pattenden .... electrician
Ray Potter .... best boy
Steven Spud Slater .... stand-by rigger (as Stephen Slater)
Norman Smith .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Emma Buckley .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Samantha Crouch .... wardrobe assistant
Lou Durkin .... wardrobe assistant
Morgan Elliott .... costume design assistant
Magot Forster .... costume maker
Sharon Long .... costume design assistant
Michael O'Connor .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Martin Corbett .... second assistant editor
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Peter Hunt .... color grader
Sylvia Wheeler .... negative cutter
 
Location Management
Bill Darby .... location manager
Teresa Darby .... location assistant (as Teresa Hidalgo)
 
Music Department
Keith Grant .... music recordist
George Hamer .... orchestral contractor
Rachel Portman .... orchestrator
David Snell .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Brian Baverstock .... transport department (as Bryan Baverstock)
Fred Brown .... transport department
John Critch .... transport department
John Dawson .... transport department
Terry Dorchester .... transport department
Ravi Dube .... transport department (as Ravi Dubi)
Terry English .... unit driver
John Fisher .... transport department
Gerry Floyd .... unit driver
Townsley Knott .... transport department (as Townley Knott)
Jim Magill .... unit driver
Enyo Mortty .... unit driver
Terry Reece .... unit driver
Vanessa Smiles .... unit driver
John Tiny Topping .... transport department (as Tiny Topping)
Gerry Turner .... transport department (as Jerry Turner)
Keith West .... transport department
 
Other crew
Barbara Berkery .... voice coach
Jane Biro .... assistant to producers
Anna Bourdon-Smith .... food stylist
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Keith Bryant .... laboratory contact: Technicolor
Karen Firestone .... assistant to producers
Rachelle Gryn .... assistant to producers
Hugo Hedley .... production runner
Jenny Hilton .... unit nurse
Polly Jefferies .... assistant to producers
Luke Jones .... production runner
Debbie Kaye .... horses and carriages
Sara Keene .... unit publicist: Corbett and Keene
Sue Lefton .... choreographer
Louise Mansfield .... production runner
Joshua Meath-Baker .... title backgrounds: Peerless Camera Co. (as Joshua Meath Baker)
Gary Nixon .... accounting assistant
Tony Stanton .... copyist
Simon Steele .... unit nurse
Kevin Trehy .... production accountant
Fran Triefus .... production coordinator
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to Harvey Weinstein (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Isabel Begg .... thanks
John Hadity .... thanks
Mrs. R. MacGregor .... thanks
R. MacGregor .... thanks (as Captain R. MacGregor)
Laura Madden .... thanks
Jennifer McAlear .... thanks
George Sheanshang .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for brief mild language
Runtime:
120 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
The tan striped gown with teal scallop trim at the hem Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston) wears in the final scene is the same costume worn by a guest at the Easter Ball in "Wives and Daughters" (1999), and by Emma Pierson (Fanny Dorrit) to visit Mrs. Merdles in "Little Dorrit" (2008).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Emma and Knightly are leaving the church, Jane Fairfax takes Frank Churchill's arm twice.See more »
Quotes:
Emma Woodhouse:I will not know how to behave when I see him.
Mrs. Weston:Let his behavior be your guide
Emma Woodhouse:Oh, but if he seems happy, I will know that he's decided to marry Harriet, and I will not, I know I will not be able to let him tell me. But if he seems sad, I'll know that John has advised him against it. I love John! Or he may seem sad because he fears telling me he will marry my friend. How can John let him do that? I hate John!
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Movie Connections:
Version of Emma (1996) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Silent WorshipSee more »

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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Paltrow Perfect, 19 November 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Romance is in the air and love is in bloom in Victorian era England, in this light-hearted story set against a society in a time in which manners were still in vogue, the ladies were charming and elegant, and the gentlemen dashing. `Emma,' based on the novel by Jane Austen and written for the screen and directed by Douglas McGrath, stars the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role. A self-appointed matchmaker, Emma takes great delight in the romantic notion of playing Cupid and attempting to pair up those she feels are suited to one another. Coming off a successful matching that ended in marriage, she next sets her sights on finding a mate for her friend, Harriet (Toni Collette), but the outcome of her initial attempt proves to be less than satisfying. Meanwhile, her endeavors are tempered by by the handsome Mr. Knightley (Jeremy Northam), whose insights into matters of the heart often seem to be a bit more astute than Emma's, and lend some needed balance to the proceedings. And Emma, so concerned with what is right for others, neglects the heart that is actually the most important of all: Her own. The world goes ‘round and love abounds, but Emma is about to miss the boat. Luckily for her, however, the is someone just right for her waiting in the wings. Now, if she can but stop long enough to realize it. But as everyone who has known true love knows, matters of the heart can go right or wrong in an instant, depending upon the slightest thing; and while romance is at hand for Emma, she must first recognize it, and seize the moment.

McGrath has crafted and delivered a delightful, feel-good film that is like a breath of fresh air in our often turbulent world. There may be an air of frivolity about it, but in retrospect, this story deals with something that is perhaps the most important thing there is-- in all honesty-- to just about anyone: Love. And with McGrath's impeccable sense of pace and timing, it all plays out here in a way that is entirely entertaining and enjoyable. It's a pleasant, affecting film, with a wonderful cast, that successfully transports the viewer to another time and another place. It's light fare, but absorbing; and the picturesque settings and proceedings offer a sense of well-being and calm that allows you to immerse yourself in it and simply go with the flow.

The winsome Paltrow, who won the Oscar for best actress for `Shakespeare In Love' two years after making this one, seems comfortable and right at home in this genre. She personifies all things British, and does it with such naturalness and facility that it's the kind of performance that is easily taken for granted or overlooked altogether. She's simply so good at what she does and makes it look so easy. She has a charismatic screen presence and an endearing manner, very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn. Yet Paltrow is unique. As an actor, she has a wide range and style and has demonstrated-- with such films as `Hard Eight,' `Hush' and `A Perfect Murder'-- that she can play just about any part effectively, and with that personal touch that makes any role she plays her own. But it's with characters like Emma that she really shines. She is so expressive and open, and her personality is so engaging, that she is someone to whom it is easy to relate and just a joy to watch, regardless of the part she is playing. And for Emma, she is absolutely perfect.

Jeremy Northam also acquits himself extremely well in the role of Knightley, and like Paltrow, seems suited to the genre-- in the right role, that is; his performance in the more recent `The Golden Bowl,' in which he played an Italian Prince, was less than satisfying. Here, however, he is perfect; he is handsome, and carries himself in such a way that makes Knightley believable and very real. Like Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy in the miniseries `Pride and Prejudice,' Northam has created a memorable character with his own Mr. Knightley.

Also excellent in supporting roles and worthy of mention are Toni Collette, as Emma's friend Harriet Smith; and Alan Cumming, as the Reverend Elton. Respectively, Collette and Cumming create characters who are very real people, and as such become a vital asset to the overall success of this film. And it demonstrates just how invaluable the supporting players are in the world of the cinema, and to films of any genre.

The supporting cast includes Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston), Denys Hawthorne (Mr. Woodhouse), Sophie Thompson (Miss Bates), Kathleen Byron (Mrs. Goddard), Phyllida Law (Mrs. Bates), Polly Walker (Jane Fairfax) and Ewan McGregor (Frank Churchill). An uplifting, elegant film, `Emma' is a reminder of civilized behavior and the value of gentleness and grace in a world too often beset with unpleasantness. And even if it's only through the magic of the silver screen, it's nice to be able to escape to such a world as this, if only for a couple of hours, as it fulfills the need for that renewal of faith in the human spirit. And that's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 9/10.



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