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Emma -- This delightfully fun and lighthearted comedy is based on Jane Austen's classic novel. Dazzling Gweneth Paltrow shines as Emma- a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends. Funny thing is...she's not very good at it! So when Emma tries to find a man for Harriet, she makes a hilariously tangled mess of everyone's lives.
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Writers (WGA):
Jane Austen (novel)
Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 August 1996 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Douglas McGrath 
Writing credits
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Farr .... sound 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
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
Bill Darby .... location manager
Teresa Darby .... location assistant (as Teresa Hidalgo)
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)
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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Rated PG for brief mild language
120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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During the scene showing Emma and Mr. Knightley walking from the church discussing his absence, Emma's hair changes styles multiple times.See more »
Continuity: During Mr. Knightley's proposal scene, Emma's hair changes. At first, the curls are quite close to her forehead, by the end of the scene, they are all the way back on her crown.See more »
Mr. Knightley:Is it not a brother's job to find fault with his sister?See more »
Mr. Beveridge's MaggotSee more »


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59 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Matchmaker, match thyself..., 8 February 2002
Author: Patrick Nolen from Washington, DC

What a delightful film...

Accompanied by Oscar-winning Composer RACHEL PORTMAN's lush, emotional and dreamy music, this film remains a pure delight worthy of viewing more than once a year.

Incredible casting...

Gwyneth Paltrow was perfect for the role of Emma. Toni Collette was great as Harriett Smith.

The character who stole the film was MISS BATES!!! She was mesmerizing to watch, one finds oneself on the edge of ones' seat just hanging on her every word and laughing hysterically WITH her. One of the most endearing characters I have come across in ages. From one of the opening scenes when she is thanking Mr. Woodhouse for sending "that lovely quarter-hind of pork... PORK, MOTHER!!!" she shouts into her daffy and clearly hearing impaired Mother, Mrs. Bates (played by Emma Thompson's mother, Phyllida Law) who looks forlorn and lost.

The comical ways that Emma would avoid the grating Miss Bates builds itself up for one truly gut-wrenching scene at the picnic when Emma insults Miss Bates who takes her cruel dig to her heart. We then see poor Miss Bates stammering and on the verge of tears and just so crushed one can not help but feel one's heart ripped out to her on her behalf. It is a classic scene, one to be rewound and played over & over...

The ending is right up there with "Sense & Sensibility" and provides one of life's greatest lessons about how one should marry one's best friend...

I hope that this film delights you all as much as it has myself.


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