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Persuasion 

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Michell

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Nick Dear (screenplay)
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7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Root ... Anne Elliot
Ciarán Hinds ... Captain Frederick Wentworth
Susan Fleetwood ... Lady Russell
Corin Redgrave ... Sir Walter Elliot
Fiona Shaw ... Mrs. Croft
John Woodvine ... Admiral Croft
Phoebe Nicholls ... Elizabeth Elliot
Samuel West ... Mr. Elliot
Sophie Thompson ... Mary Musgrove
Judy Cornwell ... Mrs. Musgrove
Simon Russell Beale ... Charles Musgrove
Felicity Dean ... Mrs. Clay
Roger Hammond ... Mr. Musgrove
Emma Roberts Emma Roberts ... Louisa Musgrove
Victoria Hamilton ... Henrietta Musgrove
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Storyline

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 John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Persuasão See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,462,325
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The orange long-sleeved gown with accordion-pleat trim on the over-sleeves worn by Lady Willoughby when she meets Lady Russell in the Pump Room is the same costume worn by an extra in the Pump Room when Anne talks with Mr. Elliot in Persuasion (2007). The same costume is also worn by the dance teacher during the fan-language lesson in The Regency House Party (2004), and by an extra in the square at the end of Goya's Ghosts (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Captain Harville and Anne Elliot discuss whether men or women are the most inconstant in love the camera continues to switch between a closer shot of the two and a more distant shot to include Captain Wentworth. In one of the more distant shots (while Captain Harville discusses the feeling of leaving behind family) you can see Anne is the one speaking however Captain Harville's voice is heard. See more »

Quotes

Anne: Oh, why is the whole town suffering from this dreadful misapprehension that I shall marry him!
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Connections

Version of Persuasion (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Sarabande in D (French Suite)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Jeremy Sams
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Beautiful and understated
3 September 2000 | by stills-6See all my reviews

This is a very well put together, and yet very fragile movie that shows its budget constraints all too well. Beautifully acted and written, the direction unfortunately reveals the boxy nature of a TV screen. But despite the lack of impressive cinematography, the scenes are set up extremely well. The use of staging and visual metaphor are jaw-droppingly fantastic. Austen's relatively simple potboiler has been turned into a work of visual art that reveals the director's love for the material.

The music is done perfectly - it doesn't overpower or ever impose interpretation, instead it is just enough to maintain focus on the story. And I love the understated nature of the characters. It is easy to spot the hypocrites, but you can see why they are the way they are. It would be very easy to make Mr. Eliot into a simpering, unctious idiot - instead, he is played as a gentleman. It makes Anne a better character, and it makes the movie a better experience.


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