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Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

Director:

James Ivory

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Jane Austen (libretto Sir Charles Grandison), Samuel Richardson (libretto Sir Charles Grandison) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Redden David Redden ... Auctioneer
Michael Wager Michael Wager ... George Midash
Robert Powell ... Pierre
Gael Hammer Gael Hammer ... Unsuccessful Bidders
Peter McPherson Peter McPherson ... Unsuccessful Bidders
Nancy New ... Jenny
John Boyle John Boyle ... Chair Carriers
Tim Burke Tim Burke ... Chair Carriers
Philip Lenkowsky Philip Lenkowsky ... Fritz
Charles McCaughan ... Billie
Sean Young ... Ariadne
Katrina Hodiak Katrina Hodiak ... Katya
John Guerrasio John Guerrasio ... Gregory
Tim Choate ... Jamie
Kurt Johnson ... Victor
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Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane Austen See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A very boring movie about arts funding and theater troupe acting out
31 July 2005 | by som1950See all my reviews

This very long1980 movie isn't the worst Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala movie (that would be "Jefferson in Paris") but is numbingly dull even to an admirer of many of their movies. I'd assign blame mostly to Jhabvala's screenplay about two radically different troupes vying for the chance to première a (real) recently discovered play written at age twelve by Jane Austen. From what we see of it, Austen wasn't much of a playwright at age 12 (who is?!).

Jhabvala imagines a charismatic experimentalist Svengali (Robert Powell) pitted against a socially well-connected aging actress whom he had used and abandoned earlier (Anne Baxter in her last big-screen role paying off the sins of Eve Harrington?). She wants to stage an operatic version. It defies plausibility that the experimentalist actors have operatic voices, but the audience has to simply accept that, while trying to care about any of the characters struggling to survive whimsical arts patronage. I could muster a bit of sympathy for Baxter, and more for the very handsome spurned husband played by Kurt Johnson, but couldn't care less about the "star" played by Sean Young (in her first screen role) or about which absurd production got supported and mounted off- Broadway.


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