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

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10 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£649,323 (UK) (11 March 2007)

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$18,670,946 (USA)
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Trivia

The house used to portray the Austen home dates from 1747. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Jane meets Mr. Lefroy in the woods she walking away from him on the path and you see a rather large white string at her hem. Then, she walks back up to him, says something, and walks away again and the string has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wisley: Sometimes affection is a shy flower that takes time to blossom.
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Version of Miss Austen Regrets (2008) See more »

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Deh vieni, non tardar
(from "The Marriage of Figaro")
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Vocalist Lynda Lee
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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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