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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
... Mrs. Clay
... Mr. Musgrove
Emma Roberts ... Louisa Musgrove
... Henrietta Musgrove


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 <>

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 1995 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Persuasão  »


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Did You Know?


The brocade suit Corin Redgrave wears during the scene in which Sir Walter Elliot tries to induce Anne to accompany him to Lady Dalrymple's is the same costume James D'Arcy (Tom Bertram) wears during the play rehearsal in Mansfield Park (2007). See more »


While clearing out her things at Kellynch near the beginning of the film, Anne finds a paper boat tucked inside a navy list. If you look closely, you can see that the words written on it come from the letter Captain Wentworth writes to her at the end of the film. It says: "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again..." See more »


Lady Russell: Captain Wentworth
Captain Wentworth: Lady Russell
Lady Russell: You, have an extraordinary ability to discompose my friend, sir.
Captain Wentworth: And you have an extraordinary ability to influence her, ma'am, for which I find it hard to forgive you.
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Version of Persuasion (1971) See more »


Sarabande in D (French Suite)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Jeremy Sams
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Two lovers rediscover each other after 8 years apart.
24 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is Jane Austen's most adult work, and therefore most subtle. The movie adaptation is faithful to her story, taking it's time to develop the characters, and it is beautifully acted and staged. The strange changes to the Mr. Eliot story from book to screen make no sense whatsoever but are hardly a detriment to the story as a whole. This is one of my favorite Austen books and Austen adaptation. The casting is perfect; particularly fine are Ciaran Hinds as Wentworth, Amanda Root as Ann, Sophie Thompson as Mary and Corin Redgrave as Sir Eliot, but truly, the entire cast is flawless. I consider this a must-see movie for anyone who loves Jane Austen, or intelligent screenplays.

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