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Becoming Jane (2007)

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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Between sense and sensibility and pride and prejudice was a life worth writing about. See more »


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Rated PG for brief nudity and mild language | See all certifications »

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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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The green and beige patterned waistcoat James McAvoy (Tom Lefroy) wears to Lady Gresham's ball, is the same costume previously worn by Benjamin Whitrow (Mr. Bennet) at Longbourn in Pride and Prejudice (1995), and by Mark Foxsmith in The Regency House Party (2004). The costume is also worn by Hugh Laurie (Mr. Palmer) at the London ball in Sense and Sensibility (1995). See more »

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When Jane and Tom are walking toward the boxing match, a blond soldier dressed in a red uniform walks in front of them smiling then passes towards the fight. A couple of seconds later, Jane and Tom have barely taken a few steps and the same character is repeated but they are not saying the same things. See more »

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Mrs. Radcliffe: To have a wife who has a mind is considered not quite proper. To have a wife with a literary reputation nothing short of scandalous.
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9 April 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I thought it was a great story and very well cast. I didn't enter the theatre with expectations of learning the truth about Jane Austen's world, who was in it and what made her tick. I understood the movie was loosely based on the life of Jane Austen. The writers have simply devised a beautiful and clever story from only a small shred of evidence that there was a true love in her life. From what I gather the movie was really meant to be an fictional intervention in her life devised from what was known of her. I thought Becoming Jane was funny, beautifully shot and it made me giddy with lust over McEvoy. I loved the sexual energy and meeting of the minds between the love interests. I saw quite a few parallels between this story and Jane's novels. I really believe that Jane would absolutely adore this version, if not find it amusing how it was crafted. I do agree that to create a story about a much loved female author is risky territory, as there are devoted fans of Austen's who are looking for a representation that they personally feel fits their idea of what motivated her as a writer.


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