Screen Two (1985–2002)
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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 »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Anne Elliot
... Captain Frederick Wentworth
... Lady Russell
... Sir Walter Elliot
... Mrs. Croft
... Admiral Croft
... Elizabeth Elliot
... Mr. Elliot
... Mary Musgrove
... Mrs. Musgrove
... Charles Musgrove
Felicity Dean ... Mrs. Clay
... Mr. Musgrove
Emma Roberts ... Louisa Musgrove
... Henrietta Musgrove
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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 John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Drama

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Sony Pictures Classics

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16 April 1995 (UK)  »

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$5,462,325
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1.85 : 1
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This adaptation of the Jane Austen novel ended up being released as a feature film, titled simply "Persuasion" - without the title reference to "Screen Two." See more »

Goofs

Several pieces by Chopin are used, but Chopin was only born 5 years before this was set. See more »

Quotes

Anne Elliot: But I so dislike Bath.
Lady Russell: Only because you associate it with the passing of your dear mother.
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Sarabande in B (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 See 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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