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(1996)

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Mrs. Bates and Miss Bates, mother and daughter in the film, are played by real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Sophie Thompson (who are also real-life mother and sister to Academy-Award-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson).
Emma and Mr. Knightley's dance is called "Mr. Beveridge's Maggot" (to the tune of the same name). (A "maggot" is "a whimsical fancy.") This same tune and dance were previously used in Pride and Prejudice (1995) for Elizabeth Bennet's dance with Mr. Darcy at the Netherfield Ball.
Ewan McGregor had not read the original novel prior to filming.
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).
Ruth Jones's screen debut.
The dot-patterned beige muslin day dress with puffy sleeves Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston) wears at Randalls is the same costume Joanna David (Mrs. Gardiner) wears at the Inn at Lambton in Pride and Prejudice (1995), Barbara Flynn wears at the Towers in the opening scene of in Wives and Daughters (1999), and Georgia King (Pet Meagles) wears on the ship in Little Dorrit (2008).
The teal velvet bonnet Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston) wears in the final scene is the same one worn by Felicity Dean (Mrs. Clay) to visit Lady Dalrymple in Persuasion (1995), and Emma Pierson (Fanny Dorrit) wears to visit Mrs. Merdles in Little Dorrit (2008).
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).
The teal blue goddess gown Juliet Stevenson (Mrs. Elton) wears to dinner at Hartfield is the same costume Pauline McLynn (Mademoiselle Clairwill) wears to see the play in Quills (2000).
The gold overdress Juliet Stevenson (Mrs. Elton) wears at the Box Hill picnic is the same costume worn by a guest at the London party where Lord Byron meets Annabella Milbanke in Byron (2003), and by one of the dancers leaving the theatre while Amy waits for Fanny in Little Dorrit (2008).
The red and white muslin gown worn by a wedding guest is the same costume worn by Catherine Walker (Eleanor Tilney) to greet Catherine and Henry when they return from Woodston in Northanger Abbey (2007).
The red plaid Spencer worn by Toni Collette (Harriet Smith) at Ford's in the rain is the same costume worn by an extra in the Highbury Market Day scene in Emma (2009).
The yellow embroidered gown Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston) wears to dinner at Hartfield is the same costume worn by Priscilla Morgan (Mrs. Bennet) in Pride and Prejudice (1980), and by Lucy Robinson (Mrs. Elton) at Hartfield in Emma (1996).
The blue striped dress with long sleeves Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse) wears at Hartfield is the same gown worn by a guest at the Towers in the opening scene of Wives and Daughters (1999), and by Mali Harries (Ann Rood) for her wedding in Byron (2003). The same costume is also worn by one of the maids at Chawton Cottage in Miss Austen Regrets (2008), and by Laura Pyper (Jane Fairfax) while reading a letter in Emma (2009).
The blue gown with sheer, white sleeves Polly Walker (Jane Fairfax) wears in the final scene is the same gown Tanya Samuel wears to dinner in The Regency House Party (2004), Abigail Thaw (Jane Osborne) wears to dinner in Vanity Fair (1998), and Amanda Hale (Mary Musgrove) wears at Camden Place in Persuasion (2007).
The fuzzy cloak Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse) wears to the Christmas gathering at the Weston's is the same costume Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) wears after her wedding in Byron (2003).
The green velvet pelisse Juliet Stevenson (Mrs. Elton) wears to church is the same costume Natasha Little (Augusta Leigh) wears to visit Annabella in Byron (2003).

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