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Becoming Jane (2007)

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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

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Julian Jarrold

Writers:

Jane Austen (letters), Kevin Hood | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Hathaway ... Jane Austen
James McAvoy ... Tom Lefroy
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Austen
James Cromwell ... Reverend Austen
Maggie Smith ... Lady Gresham
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Cassandra Austen
Lucy Cohu ... Eliza De Feuillide
Laurence Fox ... Mr. Wisley
Ian Richardson ... Judge Langlois
Joe Anderson ... Henry Austen
Leo Bill ... John Warren
Jessica Ashworth ... Lucy Lefroy
Eleanor Methven Eleanor Methven ... Mrs. Lefroy
Michael James Ford Michael James Ford ... Mr. Lefroy
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ... Robert Fowle
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Storyline

The year is 1795 and young Jane Austen is a feisty 20-year-old and emerging writer who already sees a world beyond class and commerce, beyond pride and prejudice, and dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable - marrying for love. Naturally, her parents are searching for a wealthy, well-appointed husband to assure their daughter's future social standing. They are eyeing Mr. Wisley, nephew to the very formidable, not to mention very rich, local aristocrat Lady Gresham, as a prospective match. But when Jane meets the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy, sparks soon fly along with the sharp repartee. His intellect and arrogance raise her ire - then knock her head over heels. Now, the couple, whose flirtation flies in the face of the sense and sensibility of the age, is faced with a terrible dilemma. If they attempt to marry, they will risk everything that matters - family, friends and fortune. Written by Orange

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Taglines:

"A woman especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can." -Jane Austen See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief nudity and mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£649,323 (United Kingdom), 11 March 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$972,066, 5 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,670,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,311,672
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dame Maggie Smith is a patron of the Jane Austen Society. See more »

Goofs

When John Warren is bowled whilst playing cricket, the stumps are at a different angle from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lefroy: Jane, an old friend. Late as ever.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Anne Hathaway/The Killers (2008) See more »

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In Airy Dreams
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Loved It
9 April 2007 | by jonesnicola2See all my reviews

I thought it was a great story and very well cast. I didn't enter the theatre with expectations of learning the truth about Jane Austen's world, who was in it and what made her tick. I understood the movie was loosely based on the life of Jane Austen. The writers have simply devised a beautiful and clever story from only a small shred of evidence that there was a true love in her life. From what I gather the movie was really meant to be an fictional intervention in her life devised from what was known of her. I thought Becoming Jane was funny, beautifully shot and it made me giddy with lust over McEvoy. I loved the sexual energy and meeting of the minds between the love interests. I saw quite a few parallels between this story and Jane's novels. I really believe that Jane would absolutely adore this version, if not find it amusing how it was crafted. I do agree that to create a story about a much loved female author is risky territory, as there are devoted fans of Austen's who are looking for a representation that they personally feel fits their idea of what motivated her as a writer.


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