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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emma Woodhouse
... Mr Woodhouse
... Mr Knightley
... Mrs Weston
... Mr Weston
... Mr Elton
... Harriet Smith
... Miss Bates
Sylvia Barter ... Mrs Bates
... John Knightley
Dido Miles ... Isabella Knightley
... Frank Churchill
... Jane Fairfax
... Mrs Elton
... Mr Perry
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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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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 »

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

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Mr. Knightley: [Knightley speaks of Frank Churchill who will be going to London] To get his hair cut?
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Version of Emma (1948) See more »

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too short, yet wonderful
12 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This has long been one of my favourite adaptations of an Austen novel. Although it is definitely not in the same category as the spectacular "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" is a lush and relatively faithful TV version of Austen's novel -- especially considering its short length. The biggest change between the novel and the movie is a good one, as the unnecessary snobbishness that Austen exhibits at the end of the story is removed here and replaced with someone much more akin to Emma's character in the rest of the book. I thought the characters chosen to portray the roles were well-picked. Kate Beckinsale walks the fine line between girlishness and the social snob with a grace completely lost in Gwyneth Paltrow's '96 version. Samantha Morton's wispy blonde locks suit her attitude and character as the simper that accompanies her role in previous characterisations is replaced with the Harriet we know from the book. Mister Knightly's role is carried out extremely well in my opinion; both the seriousness and the gentle compassion that the hero is painted with in the novel are present here in this much-neglected, sumptuous film.


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