When Mr. Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson) 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 (Dame Emma Thompson), Marianne (Kate Winslet), and Margaret (Emilie François), in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant), his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings (Elizabeth Spriggs) tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman) to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery John Willoughby (Greg Wise) more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried.Written by
Dame Emma Thompson's first draft of the screenplay consisted of three hundred fifty hand-written pages. The final draft was a culmination of that and thirteen other drafts, which were written over four and a half years. See more »
When Colonel Brandon announces the picnic he says it will be on "Thursday next". Later, on the day of the canceled picnic when Marianne agrees to meet Willoughby the following day she says that she will "stay behind (home) from church" on what would be Friday. It is unlikely that there would be full congregational church services held on a Friday rather than on a Sunday. See more »
What an excellent film! Superb performances, spellbinding dialogue, and beautiful sets and props led to an enchanting 2 hours of lost love and hope. I loved the stiffly formal, wonderfully polite, yet stifling mores these English were forced to endure. In many cases their lives were not their own to live; in many, their lives were lived under the gun of the almighty buck. They carried right on, however, with their characteristically stiff English upper lip, come what may. Great film with a knockout ending.
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