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Emma (1996)

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While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

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Diarmuid Lawrence

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emma See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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Trivia

The dark velvet vest with four buttons down the front Kate Beckinsale (Emma Woodhouse) wears at the Hartfield party is the same costume worn by a guest at the Duchess of Richmond's Ball in Vanity Fair (1998), and by Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) during Christmas dinner 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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Connections

Version of Emma (1948) See more »

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The First of April
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[Emma dances with Frank at the Weston's]
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the best Emma
1 November 2003 | by hbsSee all my reviews

This is a better adaptation of the book than the one with Paltrow (although I liked that one, too). It isn't so much that Beckinsale is better -- they are both very good -- but that the screenplay is better. Davies is a master at adapting Austen for filming, and the production values here are very good. It's not quite as glossy as the Hollywood treatment, but it's close, and I thought that the locations and the costumes actually worked better.


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