Faithful, enchanting adaptation of Jane Austen's nineteenth-century tale of Emma Woodhouse--a clever young woman whose mischievous matchmaking schemes nearly end up jeopardizing her own shot at romance.

Director:

Diarmuid Lawrence

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Emma Woodhouse
Bernard Hepton ... Mr Woodhouse
Mark Strong ... Mr Knightley
Samantha Bond ... Mrs Weston
James Hazeldine ... Mr Weston
Dominic Rowan ... Mr Elton
Samantha Morton ... Harriet Smith
Prunella Scales ... Miss Bates
Sylvia Barter Sylvia Barter ... Mrs Bates
Guy Henry ... John Knightley
Dido Miles Dido Miles ... Isabella Knightley
Raymond Coulthard ... Frank Churchill
Olivia Williams ... Jane Fairfax
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ... Mrs Elton
Peter Howell ... Mr Perry
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Storyline

Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not unlike herself, Emma's attitudes begin to soften... Written by David Stanko

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The aqua pelisse worn by Olivia Williams (Jane Fairfax) at Box Hill is the same costume previously worn by Emilia Fox (Georgiana Darcy) at Ramsgate in Pride and Prejudice (1995). The costume was worn again by Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) in David Copperfield (1999), and worn by Anna Madeley (Lucy Steele) at Fanny's London house in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and by Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) at the London party where she meets Lord Byron in Byron (2003). See more »

Goofs

The year is approximately 1815, yet Jane Fairfax sings an Italian song composed in 1857. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Knightley: [Knightley speaks of Frank Churchill who will be going to London] To get his hair cut?
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Soundtracks

Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron
(uncredited)
Traditional English folk song
[incorporated in the score as Emma and Harriet meet Mr. Martin]
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A very good adaptation
26 July 2000 | by caallingSee all my reviews

Kate Beckinsale is excellent as the manipulative and yet irresistibly charming Emma in this TV-adaptation of Jane Austen´s novel. When I read that novel I was sometimes quite doubtful whether the protagonist really deserved to be considered the heroine of the story: for honestly, she is so terribly self-righteous and scheming that one is tempted to dislike her seriously. Kate Beckinsale´s interpretation, however, saves Emma from herself so to speak: she is portrayed with all the innocence and generosity of her character in full view, and one can´t help but give in and like (not to say love) her in spite of her less amiable qualities. Kate Beckinsale is the main, but not the only, reason why this TV-series is so delightful; Raymond Coulthard is perfect as Mr. Frank Churchill, expressing this character´s personal magnetism to the full (which is all the more conspicuous because of this role being not very well handled by Ewan McGregor in the 1996-screen adaptation of Emma), and Mark Strong, Samantha Morton, Bernard Hepton, and Olivia Williams are all as they should be in their respective roles. This production is, in short, a great achievement and one to view many times with increasing pleasure.


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Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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