While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

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Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not unlike herself, Emma's attitudes begin to soften... Written by David Stanko

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The pale pink gown with cerise ruffle along the neckline worn by a guest at the Crown Ball is the same gown worn by Victoria Hamilton (Mrs.Forster) to the Bennet's farewell dinner for the militia in Pride and Prejudice (1995), by a ball guest in Mansfield Park (1999), by an extra attending the play at the asylum in Quills (2000), by an extra at the London ball where Lady Caroline Lamb dances the waltz in Byron (2003), and by a guest at the London ball in Sense & Sensibility (2008). See more »

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The year is approximately 1815, yet Jane Fairfax sings an Italian song composed in 1857. See more »

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Mr. Knightley: [Knightley speaks of Frank Churchill who will be going to London] To get his hair cut?
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Version of Emma (1948) See more »

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far, far superior to the gwyneth paltrow version
5 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This version of Emma is far richer, more believable, and more emotionally compelling than the movie version, which seems like a flighty tv sitcom in comparison (topped off with Paltrow's horrible nasal faux British accent). Both Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong are fabulous in their interpretations of Emma and Mr. Knightley, and Raymond Coulthardt (where is this beautiful man hiding?) is just perfect as Frank Churchill. Mrs. Elton also more cleverly annoying than in the other version. This BBC version of Emma is in the same league as the BBC Pride & Prejudice, the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility, and the 90's version of Persuasion.

Sorry, Jeremy Northam (Mr. Knightley in Paltrow's Emma), you're normally brilliant, but you just signed up for the wrong one.


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