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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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Referenced in The Princess Diaries (2001) See more »

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Over the Hills and Far Away
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(From "The Beggar's Opera")
Traditional
Lyrics by John Gay
Performed by Olivia Williams (dubbed by Mary Carewe) and Raymond Coulthard
[Jane and Frank sing at the Weston's]
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The best Emma yet
23 October 1999 | by cooper-24See all my reviews

While I adore Jeremy Northam in the Winslow boy, Mark Strong is outstanding as Mr. Knightley in this much more human version of Emma. She is, as Jane Austen rightly stated, not our favourite character, and in the Gwyneth Paltrow version she is even more vain and manipulative. In this version, Kate B makes her very young and yet willing to learn. I liked it very much and hope the two main characters get picked up very quickly for more movies so that we in Canada can see them more often.


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