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While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Director:

Douglas McGrath

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Emma Woodhouse
James Cosmo ... Mr Weston
Greta Scacchi ... Mrs Weston
Alan Cumming ... Mr Elton
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ... Mr Woodhouse
Sophie Thompson ... Miss Bates
Jeremy Northam ... Mr Knightley
Toni Collette ... Harriet Smith
Kathleen Byron ... Mrs Goddard
Phyllida Law ... Mrs Bates
Edward Woodall Edward Woodall ... Mr. Martin
Brett Miley Brett Miley ... Little Boy
Brian Capron ... John Knightley
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ... Isabella
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ... Footman
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Storyline

Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr. Knightly. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Taglines:

Cupid is armed and dangerous!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ema See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,649, 4 August 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,201,883, 24 November 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The blue gown with sheer, white sleeves Polly Walker (Jane Fairfax) wears in the final scene is the same gown Tanya Samuel wears to dinner in The Regency House Party (2004), Abigail Thaw (Jane Osborne) wears to dinner in Vanity Fair (1998), and Amanda Hale (Mary Musgrove) wears at Camden Place in Persuasion (2007). See more »

Goofs

Frank Churchill's hair changes length in the scenes when he says goodbye to Emma - shorter when he arrives and longer when he leaves. See more »

Quotes

Emma Woodhouse: Hmm, you dismiss her beauty and good nature, yet I would be very much mistaken, if your sex in general, does not think those claims the highest a woman could possess!
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Version of Emma (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Worship
from "Ptolemy" (1728)
Written by George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Handel)
Words by Arthur Somervell
Performed by Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor
Arranged by Arthur Somervell
©J. Corwen & Sons Ltd.
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Fantastic adaptation of a beloved book
12 June 2004 | by moviegal6082See all my reviews

Jane Austen would definitely approve of this one!

Gwyneth Paltrow does an awesome job capturing the attitude of Emma. She is funny without being excessively silly, yet elegant. She puts on a very convincing British accent (not being British myself, maybe I'm not the best judge, but she fooled me...she was also excellent in "Sliding Doors"...I sometimes forget she's American ~!).

Also brilliant are Jeremy Northam and Sophie Thompson and Phyllida Law (Emma Thompson's sister and mother) as the Bates women. They nearly steal the show...and Ms. Law doesn't even have any lines!

Highly recommended.


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