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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

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The year is 1795 and young Jane Austen is a feisty 20-year-old and emerging writer who already sees a world beyond class and commerce, beyond pride and prejudice, and dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable - marrying for love. Naturally, her parents are searching for a wealthy, well-appointed husband to assure their daughter's future social standing. They are eyeing Mr. Wisley, nephew to the very formidable, not to mention very rich, local aristocrat Lady Gresham, as a prospective match. But when Jane meets the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy, sparks soon fly along with the sharp repartee. His intellect and arrogance raise her ire - then knock her head over heels. Now, the couple, whose flirtation flies in the face of the sense and sensibility of the age, is faced with a terrible dilemma. If they attempt to marry, they will risk everything that matters - family, friends and fortune. Written by Orange

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$16,500,000 (estimated)

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£649,323 (UK) (9 March 2007)

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$18,663,911 (USA) (19 October 2007)
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Trivia

The blue and white striped gown Lucy Cohu (Eliza De Feuillide) wears was previously worn in Marie Antoinette (2006) by Mary Nighy (Princesse Lamballe). See more »

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Some shots of the Austen's house show a large plant of Clematis montana (with pale pink flowers) growing up the front almost to the roof. This species was first introduced from India to England in 1805, and it would have been many years before it became generally available to gardeners. The Austen family moved from their house (to Southampton) in 1801. See more »

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Jane Austen: I have read your book. I have read your book and disapprove.
Tom Lefroy: Of course you do.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Anne Hathaway/The Killers (2008) See more »

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Deh vieni, non tardar
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Enjoyable Tale
17 April 2007 | by (Worcester, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I knew very little about this film before I went to see it - I think the trailer was the sum total of what I had heard. Now, I know very little about Jane Austen or her life so am considering Becoming Jane simply as a film loosely based on/inspired by her life.

The film tells the story of a young woman, Jane, who refuses to marry purely for money and embarks on writing to support herself rather than relying on a husband.

The story is well told, with excellent performances all round (especially Anne Hathaway and the always brilliant James Cromwell). The pace is maybe a little slow at times and Jane herself can be rather annoying and contradictory but that simply shows the flaws of human nature rather than being a criticism of the film per se.

Visually the film was stunning. Brilliant scenery, excellent costumes. All used to great effect to enhance the film without ever becoming overpowering or distracting from the story.

Overall, this was an enjoyable film, if not up there with Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility in my opinion. Well worth a watch (unless you are going to be annoyed by every little inaccuracy) but probably not worth adding to the DVD collection.


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