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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Emma Thompson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Fleet ... John Dashwood
Tom Wilkinson ... Mr. Dashwood
Harriet Walter ... Fanny Dashwood
Kate Winslet ... Marianne Dashwood
Emma Thompson ... Elinor Dashwood
Gemma Jones ... Mrs. Dashwood
Hugh Grant ... Edward Ferrars
Emilie François Emilie François ... Margaret Dashwood
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs. Jennings
Robert Hardy ... Sir John Middleton
Ian Brimble ... Thomas
Isabelle Amyes Isabelle Amyes ... Betsy
Alan Rickman ... Colonel Brandon
Greg Wise ... John Willoughby
Alexander John Alexander John ... Curate
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Storyline

When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and their three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery John Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lose your heart and come to your senses.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sensatez y sentimientos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,043,343 (United Kingdom), 15 March 1996

Gross USA:

$43,182,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,000,000
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Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The straw bonnet with a pale blue ribbon Kate Winslet (Marianne Dashwood) wears at Barton Cottage is the same costume worn by Maggie Smith (Betsey Trotwood) in David Copperfield (1999), and by Judi Dench (Miss Matty) in Cranford (2007). See more »

Goofs

Mismatch between Marianne's keyboard actions for "The Dreame" and the sound it produces. See more »

Quotes

Fanny: Mrs. Dashwood, Miss Dashwood, Miss Marianne - my brother, Edward Ferrars.
[Everyone bows or curtsies]
FannyMrs. Dashwood: [together] Do sit down.
[There's an embarrassed pause as Mrs. Dashwood realises she is no longer the mistress of the house]
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The Dreame
Music by Patrick Doyle
text by Ben Jonson
End title performance by Jane Eaglen
Courtesy of SONY CLASSICAL
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A classic for all time.
18 May 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

Whoever says they just don't make the quality of pictures today that they used to hasn't seen or is ignoring this film.

That Emma Thompson is one of the greatest actresses working is no secret. But who would have expected such a miracle from her in the screenwriting department? Some of the most dramatic moments in 'Sense and Sensibility' come from her pen, not Jane Austen's, difficult as that may be to believe. For instance, the scene in which Col. Brandon (Alan Rickman) carries in the ill Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet), echoing the earlier scene where Willoughby (Greg Wise) brought the injured young woman home was Thompson's doing. Marianne's illness also is responsible for much more drama in the movie than in the book. And I'm an Austen fan! I can't recall another writer bringing so much good of his or her own to a classic like this.

I suppose the director, cinematographer, production designer, etc. deserve to share the credit when a movie is this outstanding, but with such a super group of actors on the screen (from top to bottom) it's easy to heap all the praise on them. I had unconsciously (and unfairly) pigeonholed Alan Rickman based on the other role I'd seen him in, the villain in 'Die Hard,' so he was quite a surprise to me. The real bombshell, however, was my first exposure to Kate Winslet. After seeing this movie and Kenneth Branagh's 'Hamlet' I can say I can't remember another young actress who has impressed me so much. And she played these difficult roles by the time she was 20! Many of the other cast members are a part of an excellent group that Thompson and Branagh have often worked with in the past.

I realized that 'S&S' had become one of my all-time favorite movies when I found myself watching it every chance I got when it came on TV. I think it's bumped 'Raging Bull' off my personal top 10 list.


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