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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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Jane Austen (letters), Kevin Hood | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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The year is 1795 and young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is a feisty twenty-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 (Laurence Fox), nephew to the very formidable, not to mention very rich, local aristocrat Lady Gresham (Dame Maggie Smith), as a prospective match. But when Jane meets the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), 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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"A woman especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can." -Jane Austen See more »


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

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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 »

Goofs

Early on, Tom Lefroy encounters Jane Austen in the woods. In the ensuing conversation the shots from behind Jane looking at Tom are in sunshine (sharp shadows of trees on the ground, etc), while during those from behind Tom looking at Jane it is grey and cloudy and there is even rain spotting Tom's fashionable hat and coat. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Austen: Hurry along, Jane! We'll be late!
Jane Austen: When Her Ladyship calls, we must obey.
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Referenced in Fortunes (2008) See more »

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A Trip to Paris
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From Walsh's 'New Country Dancing Master, 2d Book' (1711)
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Great Supporting Cast but disappointing rendition and miscast of Jane
1 December 2007 | by shirleyhannaSee all my reviews

Big disappointment. I guess I'll have to watch Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility again to remind myself how great Jane Austen REALLY was. This version is so loosely based on Jane Austen's life - full of undocumented speculation that it seems unfair to capitalize on Jane Austen's name. If you want to know what really happened, look up her bio, don't rely on this movie. The supporting cast is terrific, especially James McAvoy and Julie Waters (as always). In my opinion however, Anne Hathaway lacked the charisma for this role. She was not interesting enough to make me care about her character or believe she had imagination enough to write a letter, let alone the works of Jane Austen! I guess I am in the minority but I found her to be without depth, wimpy and boring. I think Jane was such an important historical and literary contributor, poor casting of her pivotal role and a script based on speculation, ruined the movie for me.


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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Becoming Jane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$972,066, 5 August 2007

Gross USA:

$18,670,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,407,812
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2.35 : 1
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