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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emma Woodhouse
... Mr Weston
... Mrs Weston
... Mr Elton
Denys Hawthorne ... Mr Woodhouse
... Miss Bates
... Mr Knightley
... Harriet Smith
... Mrs Goddard
... Mrs Bates
Edward Woodall ... Mr. Martin
Brett Miley ... Little Boy
... John Knightley
Karen Westwood ... Isabella
Paul Williamson ... Footman
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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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Cupid is armed and dangerous!

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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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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Ruth Myers wanted to mirror the lightness of the script within the costumes and give "a spark of colour and life" to the early 19th century setting. During her research, Myers noted a similarity between the fashions after the Napoleonic Wars and the 1920s, saying that they had "the same sort of flapperish quality". The designer explained "The moment I set to research it, more and more it kept striking me what the similarities were between the two periods. It was a period of freedom of costume for women, and it was a period of constant diversions for the upper classes-picnics, dinners, balls, dances. What I wanted to do was make it look like the watercolours of the period, which are very bright and very clear, with very specific colours." See more »

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Harriet runs her fingers along a harp and the sound that is heard is a perfect chord going up a scale, fitting in perfectly with the music that is being played. In reality, it would be virtually impossible to pluck a perfect chord when you run your fingers casually along the strings, and secondly any sound made would be going *down* scale, since she was dragging her fingers that way down the strings. See more »

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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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Mr. Beveridge's Maggot
From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master' Vol. 3 (1728)
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Stop making comparisons and just enjoy it...
16 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

For those JASNA devotees (Jane Austen Society of North America), this adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" will truly send them running for the hills.

But if you're willing to view Emma with the belief that this movie is loosely based on the novel, and enjoy it on its own merits, you'll truly enjoy yourself.

Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the apple of her aged father's eye and spends her ample free time trying to play matchmaker. Having achieved some success by matching her own governess with the widowed Mr. Weston, Emma sets out to match easily persuaded, impoverished newcomer Harriet Smith (Toni Collete) with hilarious results.

Some have complained that the casting is "all wrong" but I don't agree. I think for the comedic spirit of the film, the actors were well chosen. Sophie Thompson nearly steals the show as the muddled but happy Miss Bates. Her silent mother, Mrs. Bates (played by Sophie Thompson's real-life mother Phyllida Law), also steals a few scenes. In my humble opinion, anybody who prefers Mark Strong (the A&E version) over Jeremy Northam in the role of Mr. Knightley has to be "addled in the attic" as it were. Not tall enough? I'm sorry but I wasn't watching how tall he was but that mesmerizing smile. I'm sure I wasn't the only one swooning in my seat.

This is no literary classic (the movie NOT the book!) so let's not make it something it isn't. What Emma truly IS..is an enjoyable romp with a healthy dollop of romance. Viewed in this light, you're in for a good time.

And yes, Ewan McGregor's wig IS hideous. My friends compared it to a dead cat but that would do the cat an injustice.


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