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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 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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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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Douglas McGrath had initially wanted to write a modern version of the novel, set on the Upper East Side of New York City. Harvey Weinstein, liked the idea of a contemporary take on the novel. McGrath was unaware that Clueless (1995) was already in production, until plans for Emma were well underway. See more »

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On the DVD cover, she sets her arrow on the wrong side, it's okay for 3 yards shot, but surely she should set on the left, otherwise she mastered Japanese bow-arrow shooting. See more »

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Emma Woodhouse: I must throw a party for her. Otherwise everyone will feel at once how much I dislike her.
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A very pleasant adaptation. And Northam is a real find!
26 February 2002 | by See 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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