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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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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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Cupid is armed and dangerous!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

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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

Gross USA:

$22,231,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,231,658
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Toni Collette also struggled to get into Jane Austen's books when she was younger, but after reading Emma, which she deemed "warm and witty and clever", she began to appreciate them more. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Knightly's hairstyle and collar change during his proposal to Emma. See more »

Quotes

Emma Woodhouse: [reading Mr. Elton's riddle out loud] "... Behold him there, the monarch of the seas" Which is?
Harriet Smith: A mermaid! A trident? Oh, do you think we shall ever know?
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Version of Emma (2009) See more »

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Jacob Hall's Jig
From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master' Vol. 3 (1728)
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Arranged by John Gale
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A very pleasant adaptation. And Northam is a real find!
26 February 2002 | by AnaRSee all my reviews

By no means my favourite Austen novel, and Paltrow is by no means my favourite actress, but I found the film almost totally delightful. Paltrow does a good job, and Cummings, Stevenson and the one who plays 'Miss Bates' are all absolutely terrific. The period detail is not alienating; the feel of the movie is just right, in fact. But the real 'find' is Jeremy Northam as Mr Knightley. There could not be more perfect casting, IMO. I hated Mr K in the novel, but found him wonderfully human and humane in the film. Northam's good looks and smiling eyes are no hindrance to enjoyment, either! Highly recommended. AnaR


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