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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emma Thompson was asked to write the screenplay by producer Lindsay Doran when she discovered their shared love of Jane Austen when working together on Dead Again (1991). See more »

Goofs

In the library scene, when Margaret has her back to the camera, her battery pack microphone is clearly visible attached to her waist. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Dashwood: Why so grave? You disapprove her choice?
Marianne: By no means. Edward is very amiable.
Mrs. Dashwood: Amiable? But...?
Marianne: But there is something wanting. He's too sedate. His reading last night...
Mrs. Dashwood: But Elinor has not your feelings. His reserve suits her.
Marianne: Can he love her? Can the soul really be satisfied with such polite affections? To love is to burn - to be on fire, like Juliet or Guinevere or Eloise.
Mrs. Dashwood: They made rather pathetic ends, dear.
Marianne: Pathetic? To die for love? How can you say so? What could be more glorious?
Mrs. Dashwood: I think...
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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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Emma Can Break Your Heart
17 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Wow, here's an emotional story that gets you involved and wears you out by the end. I wears you out not from action, but from watching two good ladies suffer heartbreaks one after the other. This is not my normal viewing fare but I am big fan of two things this movie has to offer: (1) Emma Thompson and (2) incredible visuals.

Few people were better in the 1990s at playing the sensible-sweet-wholesome and pretty and-always unfairly ignored woman than Thompson (see The Remains Of The Day and Howards End). Your heart aches for this woman whose characters always deserve better than what they receive.. Her facial expressions alone convey pain better than anyone I've ever seen on film. This is perhaps her best work and it was justice she was honored for it.

It was refreshing to see Alan Rickman actually place a nice guy and Kate Winslet was appealing, too - a far cry from spoiled brat role in the film that gave her stardom, Titantic.

One tip that I found useful in watching this movie. If you are not British, you might switch on the English subtitles to better understand the dialog and the phraseology of early 19th century England, in which this story takes place.

The only problem with using the subtitles is that it detracts from marveling at these visuals. This is one of the prettiest films I have ever seen, on both the inside and outside scenes. It's just gorgeous cinematography frame after frame with beautiful colors. Nice music score, too.

This kind of story is a bit too soap opera-like for my normal tastes but to watch Thompson and to ogle the colors, sets and scenery makes it all a rewarding experience. For women who like these kind of Jane Austen stories, this must really be a special film. For the rest of us, it's still very much worth seeing, and adding to one's DVD collection. It''s great film-making.


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