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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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Trivia

The pale pink gown with cerise ruffle along the neckline worn by a guest at the Crown Ball is the same gown worn by Victoria Hamilton (Mrs.Forster) to the Bennet's farewell dinner for the militia in Pride and Prejudice (1995), by a ball guest in Mansfield Park (1999), by an extra attending the play at the asylum in Quills (2000), by an extra at the London ball where Lady Caroline Lamb dances the waltz in Byron (2003), and by a guest at the London ball in Sense & Sensibility (2008). See more »

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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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Over the Hills and Far Away
(uncredited)
(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
1 November 2003 | by See 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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