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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

The rose lace-covered evening gown that Imelda Staunton (Mrs. Palmer) wears while playing cards at Barton Park is the same costume worn by a guest at the play in Quills (2000). See more »

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Marianne plays three different contemporary keyboard instruments, but each sounds like a modern grand piano. See more »

Quotes

Elinor Dashwood: Poor Willoughby. He will always regret you.
Marianne: But does it follow that, had he chosen me, he would have been content? He would have had a wife he loved, but no money, and might soon have learned to rank the demands of his pocketbook far above the demands of his heart. If his present regrets are half as painful as mine, he will suffer enough.
Elinor Dashwood: Do you compare your conduct with his?
Marianne: No, I compare it with what it ought to have been. I compare it with yours.
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Connections

Referenced in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) See more »

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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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Very good adaptation.
30 November 2000 | by pma97dr-2See all my reviews

This is one of the best of the recent Jane Austen films, from one of her weaker books. Emma Thompson has done a fine job of the script, not slavishly remaining faithful to the book but not abandoning it either.

The cast are uniformally excellent. I especially liked Kate Winslet's Marianne and Alan Rickman's Brandon. Emma Thompson's performance is almost good enough to make you forget that she is far to old for the part. The supporting cast are all excellent.

Ang Lee's direction shows the same skill that it did in the excellent Eat Drink Man Woman and the scenery and costumes are beautiful (perhaps too beautiful).

This is more romantic and less comic than say Emma, and Thompson's script wisely stays away from the kind of set-piece gags seen in the recent film of Emma. All in all, this is excellent.


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