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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jane Austen
... Tom Lefroy
... Mrs. Austen
... Reverend Austen
... Lady Gresham
... Cassandra Austen
... Eliza De Feuillide
... Mr. Wisley
... Judge Langlois
... Henry Austen
... John Warren
... Lucy Lefroy
Eleanor Methven ... Mrs. Lefroy
Michael James Ford ... Mr. Lefroy
... 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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"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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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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Dame Maggie Smith and Julie Walter's sixth movie together. They both starred in five Harry Potter movies. See more »

Goofs

When Jane and Tom are walking toward the boxing match, a blond soldier dressed in a red uniform walks in front of them smiling then passes towards the fight. A couple of seconds later, Jane and Tom have barely taken a few steps and the same character is repeated but they are not saying the same things. See more »

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Tom Lefroy: You dance with passion.
Jane Austen: No sensible woman would demonstrate passion, if the purpose were to attract a husband.
Tom Lefroy: As opposed to a lover?
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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 See 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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