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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Dashwood
... Mr. Dashwood
... Fanny Dashwood
... Marianne Dashwood
... Elinor Dashwood
... Mrs. Dashwood
... Edward Ferrars
Emilie François ... Margaret Dashwood
... Mrs. Jennings
... Sir John Middleton
... Thomas
Isabelle Amyes ... Betsy
... Colonel Brandon
... John Willoughby
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

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Lose your heart and come to your senses.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sensatez y sentimientos  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tan and black striped gown with a black crepe bow on the bodice Gemma Jones (Mrs. Dashwood) wears playing cards at Barton Park is the same costume Jemma Redgrave (Lady Bertram) wears in the final scene in Mansfield Park (2007), Rosemary Enright wears at dinner in The Regency House Party (2004), and Francesca Annis (Lady Ludlow) wears in Cranford (2007). The costume is also worn by an extra at the Netherfield Ball in Pride & Prejudice (2005), by Wendy Craig (Mrs.Lefroy) in The Real Jane Austen (2002), and by Penny Downie (Lady Judith Milbanke) at dinner, after Annabella returns to her parents' house in Byron (2003). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Edward Ferrars: Colonel Brandon must be a man of great worth and respectability.
Elinor Dashwood: Yes, he is the kindest and best of men.
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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 See 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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