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Complete series cast summary:
Ann Firbank ...  Anne Elliot 5 episodes, 1971
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ...  Captain Wentworth 5 episodes, 1971
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ...  Lady Russell 5 episodes, 1971
Richard Vernon ...  Admiral Croft 5 episodes, 1971
Basil Dignam ...  Sir Walter Elliot 4 episodes, 1971
Valerie Gearon Valerie Gearon ...  Elizabeth Elliot 4 episodes, 1971
Georgine Anderson ...  Mrs. Croft 4 episodes, 1971
Morag Hood ...  Mary Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Rowland Davies Rowland Davies ...  Charles Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Mel Martin ...  Henrietta Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ...  Mrs. Clay 4 episodes, 1971
Zhivila Roche Zhivila Roche ...  Louisa Musgrove 3 episodes, 1971
Noel Dyson ...  Mrs. Musgrove 3 episodes, 1971
David Savile David Savile ...  Mr. Elliot 3 episodes, 1971
Michael Culver ...  Captain Harville 3 episodes, 1971
Ernest Hare Ernest Hare ...  Colonel Wallis 3 episodes, 1971
Gabrielle Daye ...  Mrs. Rooke 3 episodes, 1971
Polly Murch Polly Murch ...  Mrs. Smith 3 episodes, 1971
Beatrix Mackey Beatrix Mackey ...  Lady Dalrymple 3 episodes, 1971
Angela Galbraith Angela Galbraith ...  Miss Carteret 3 episodes, 1971
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ...  Butler 3 episodes, 1971
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Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though promising, had poor family connections. When her father rents out the family estate to Admiral Croft, Anne is thrown into company with Frederick, because his sister is Mrs. Croft. Frederick is now a rich and successful Captain, and a highly eligible bachelor. Whom will he marry? One of Anne's sister's husband's sisters? Or will he and Anne rekindle the old flame? Written by GusF

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Release Date:

18 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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Persuasion See more »

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Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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During the first visit at the Harville's in Lyme Mrs. Harville addresses a comment to "Miss Musgrove" but Louisa responds. "Miss Musgrove" would be the eldest daughter of the family with all younger sisters addressed using their christian name, e.g. "Miss Louisa". You can see that Mel Martin (the senior Miss Musgrove) was about to respond but Zhivila Roche (Miss Louisa Musgrove) incorrectly butts in. See more »

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Eh...
9 February 2004 | by jkt1219See all my reviews

Okay, if you discount the production value, the ugly outfits, and the big hair, this adaptation is still far inferior to the 90's version. First Ann Firbank (playing Anne Elliot), is literally ten years too old to play this role and her acting leaves much to be desired. Amanda Root (playing the same role in the 90's version) can express more in her big, brown eyes than Firbank can with her entire face in a four hour production. Anne is turned into a peevish, whining, boring character (and what was with the scene during the `long walk' where she stops to spout off poetry?). Henrietta and Louisa looked so much alike that the only time I could tell them apart was when they stood next to each other (Henrietta was taller). And Louisa! Never was there a more obnoxious character! It was ridiculous to think that Wentworth was supposed to be interested in her. She is supposed to be high spirited and pretty and charming, not stupid and silly with her ridiculous laugh that's like nails on a chalkboard. When she starts to chant, `to Lyme, to Lyme, to Lyme,' I started yelling, `shut up, shut up, shut up!' The best part of the movie was when Louisa falls those three feet at the cobb because I knew I wouldn't have to see her anymore in the movie. Speaking of the fall at the cobb scene; it was the mose poorly acted, badly directed and edited scene of the entire film. How does a person fall three feet down, land on her feet, and still be knocked unconscious?

On the plus size, the character of Elizabeth was much closer to the book than in the 90's version. They also put in many more scenes with Anne and Frederick at the end.

I'll admit, I have bought this movie, even though I knew how sub par it was, but I'm a huge Austen fan, so I'll buy any movie adapted from one of her novels. Watch this move if you're morbidly curious, or to appreciate the 90's version even more.

The bottom line is, this version may follow the letter of the novel, but the 90's version follows the spirit.


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