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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,986, 1 October 1995

Gross USA:

$5,269,757

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,269,757
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The red print gown worn by Susan Fleetwood (Lady Russell) at the party at Camden Place is the same costume worn by Catherine Bigg in The Real Jane Austen (2002), Sheila Gish (Mrs.Norris) while Fanny reads the newspaper aloud in Mansfield Park (1999), a guest at a London ball in Byron (2003), Elizabeth Devonport to dinner in The Regency House Party (2004), Hayley Atwell (Mary Crawford) in Mansfield Park (2007), Daisy Haggard (Anne Steele) to the London ball in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and Alex Kingston (Mrs.Bennet) in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Walter Elliot: I strongly object to the Navy. It brings people of obscure birth into undue distinction and it cuts up a man's youth and vigor most horribly!
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Connections

Features The Bounty (1984) See more »

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Prelude in G
Composed by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Susan Tomes
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Charming but Unnoticed
21 November 2003 | by Pickwick12See all my reviews

For some reason, people seem to leave "Persuasion" out when they are naming Jane Austen adaptations. I find that lamentable, since it is such a wonderful film. It is exceedingly British, which means that Americans might find it a little hard to understand, but personally I think it is superb.

All the acting is stellar; I can't really identify a bad performance. Ciaran Hines especially shines as the warm but reserved Captain Wentworth.

Of all the Jane Austen adaptations (except "Pride and Prejudice") I believe "Persuasion" is the truest to the time period. The characters act within the conventions of regency England and seem to be comfortable doing so.

I would recommend this movie to any Jane Austen lover or a person who enjoys period films or classic literature. A person who does not fall into those categories might enjoy it as well, but is likely to find it slow and difficult to understand.


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