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Sense and Sensibility 

Mrs. Dashwood and her two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, are faced with the prospect of Mrs. Dashwood's stepson and his wife moving into their home at Norland.
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Michael Aldridge ...  Sir John Middleton 4 episodes, 1971
Sheila Ballantine Sheila Ballantine ...  Lady Middleton 4 episodes, 1971
Esme Church Esme Church ...  Mary 4 episodes, 1971
Joanna David ...  Elinor Dashwood 4 episodes, 1971
Isabel Dean ...  Mrs. Dashwood 4 episodes, 1971
Robin Ellis ...  Edward Ferrars 4 episodes, 1971
Clive Francis ...  John Willoughby 4 episodes, 1971
Ciaran Madden ...  Marianne Dashwood 4 episodes, 1971
Richard Owens ...  Colonel Brandon 4 episodes, 1971
Patricia Routledge ...  Mrs. Jennings 4 episodes, 1971
Jo Kendall ...  Charlotte Palmer 3 episodes, 1971
Peter Laird Peter Laird ...  Rodgers 3 episodes, 1971
David Strong David Strong ...  Palmer 3 episodes, 1971
David Belcher David Belcher ...  Robert Ferrars 2 episodes, 1971
Frances Cuka ...  Lucy Steele 2 episodes, 1971
Mischa De La Motte Mischa De La Motte ...  Master of Ceremonies / ... 2 episodes, 1971
Kay Gallie Kay Gallie ...  Fanny Dashwood 2 episodes, 1971
Milton Johns ...  John Dashwood 2 episodes, 1971
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ...  Nancy Steele 2 episodes, 1971
Clifford Parrish Clifford Parrish ...  Doctor Harris 2 episodes, 1971
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Mrs. Dashwood and her two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, are faced with the prospect of Mrs. Dashwood's stepson and his wife moving into their home at Norland.

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The floral gown with flounced neckline Ciaran Madden (Marianne Dashwood) wears at Barton Cottage is similar to the gown Ania Marson (Jane Fairfax) wears in Emma (1972). See more »

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Version of Sense and Sensibility (1995) See more »

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Symphony No. 20 in D K. 133 - II. Andante
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A well-executed adaptation of a great novel
19 February 2011 | by Red-125See all my reviews

"Sense and Sensibility" (1971), directed by David Giles, is one in a long list of successful BBC adaptations of novels by Jane Austen. The BBC productions are known for their high production values. I was surprised that another reviewer found the production values to be just adequate. I thought they were excellent. (Not excellent for 1971, but truly excellent.)

As always with the BBC, the ensemble acting is very good. Both Joanna David as Elinor Dashwood, and Ciaran Madden as Marianne Dashwood are beautiful in a slender, graceful way. (And they could easily be sisters.) The three male leads, Robin Ellis as Edward Ferrars, Clive Francis as John Willoughby, and Richard Owens as Colonel Brandon act well enough, but somehow they didn't stand out as vastly different from one another. This differentiation needs to happen if the adaptation is going to be fully successful. I thought Ellis was excellent as Edward Ferrars, but Francis as Willoughby wasn't dashing enough, and Owns as Brandon didn't strike me as a military hero.

Patricia Routledge, as the kindly but very talkative Mrs. Jennings, steals every scene in which she appears. Hers is a supporting role, but it's her character that you'll remember when the details of the rest of the film begin to fade.

Of course, Austen's novels can be painful to see or read in the 21st Century, because women's roles were so constricted and their options were so few. For women like the Dashwoods, their main concern had to be to make a good match. A well-bred young woman could hope to be a wife and mother, or she could be a governess, but that's where the choices ended. Although both women profess a certain indifference to marriage, the reality was that marriage was the one realistic option open to them. A bad marriage would ruin their lives, so they had to take infinite care. Gossip and intrigue swirl around all the young women, and the gossip and intrigue inevitably revolve around who is going to marry whom. The book--and the film-- reflect this reality, but it's not a pretty picture, especially from our historical perspective.

As in any other film portraying rural 19th Century England, this movie would look better in a theater. However, it was made for TV, so it doesn't lose too much on the small screen. We saw it on DVD and it worked very well. This is a very good movie that's worth finding and seeing.


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9 January 1971 (UK) See more »

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