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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

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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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Becoming a woman. Becoming a legend. See more »


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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The blue and white striped gown Lucy Cohu (Eliza De Feuillide) wears, was previously worn in Marie Antoinette (2006) by Mary Nighy (Princesse Lamballe). See more »

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When Jane is in London, writing in her night gown, she turns suddenly and you can see the outline of a thong (underwear) as she walks away from the camera. See more »

Quotes

Lady Gresham: My nephew, Miss Austen, condescends far indeed in offering to the daughter of an obscure and impecunious clergyman.
Jane Austen: Impecunious? Your Ladyship is mistaken.
Lady Gresham: I am never mistaken.
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By reading between the lines, "Becoming Jane" creates her perfect romance
30 January 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

In "Becoming Jane" a young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is told that she needs to find a husband. It's a common adage for women in the 18th century and for women now. But Jane is too independent and no man is "perfect" enough for her. Enter a very imperfect man like Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) and we get a love story for the ages. She's offended by his sleazy reputation and audaciousness and he reads Henry Fielding—how deplorable! But she's also intrigued by his outspoken ways and that he accepts her just as she is. The film takes the stereotypical romance from today's romantic comedies and dramas and places it in Jane Austen's 1790s England.

There is evidence to suggest that such a love affair occurred, but it's not necessarily historically accurate. However, the characterizations are more important than the facts. Hathaway may have given Austen an American accent but she got the essence of who Jane Austen really is. And James McAvoy as the nefarious Tom Lefroy is exactly the kind of man she would need to meet to inspire her novels.

The film is able to add an extra level of interest to both the stereotypical romance and the historical biopic by reading between the lines and creating her perfect leading man. I loved their romance and like to believe that it really did occur. I'm a fan of Jane Austen and think of her as a woman ahead of her time and "Becoming Jane" shows that. It's not a gushing, effusive story about how great she is, it's just a great story.


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