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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The teal velvet Spencer and matching bonnet Felicity Dean (Mrs. Clay) wears to visit Lady Dalrymple are the same ones worn by Emma Pierson (Fanny Dorrit) in Little Dorrit (2008). The bonnet is also worn by Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston) in the final scene of Emma (1996). 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

Captain Wentworth: I come on business, Sir Walter.
Sir Walter Elliot: Business?
Captain Wentworth: Yes, my proposal of marriage to your daughter, Anne, has been accepted and I respectfully, sir, request permission to set a date.
Sir Walter Elliot: Anne? You want to marry Anne? Whatever for?
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Soundtracks

Sarabande in B (French Suite)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Jeremy Sams
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Root Shines In Normal Jane Austen-Fare
2 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Being a Jane Austen novel (this edition brought to the screen courtesy the BBC), you know it's primarily a chick flick, a romance novel with old English spoken, very nicely photographed with nice period sets and scenery and some interesting women to view.

This seems to be the case in most of the films, a la the famous combination of Merchant-Ivory. While this isn't that duo, it's still a decent version of this famous story.

What's different about this is the leading actress: Amanda Root, who plays "Anne Elliot." In America, this is not a lady whom we are familiar with, so she was a new "face" for me, as well. I liked her. I've heard criticism of her looks. You don't have to be glamorous to be accepted as a fine female actor. She was excellent in her role and just the looks on her face, particularly the sad looks, spoke more "volumes" than any dialog could manage.


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