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Persuasion (2007)

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside ... See full summary »

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Adrian Shergold

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Simon Burke (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Hawkins ... Anne Elliot
Alice Krige ... Lady Russell
Anthony Head ... Sir Walter Elliot
Julia Davis ... Elizabeth Elliot
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ... Mr Shepherd (as Michael Fenton-Stevens)
Mary Stockley ... Mrs Clay
Peter Wight ... Admiral Croft
Marion Bailey ... Mrs Croft
Amanda Hale ... Mary Musgrove
Jennifer Higham ... Louisa Musgrove
Rosamund Stephen Rosamund Stephen ... Henrietta Musgrove
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Mrs Musgrove
Sam Hazeldine ... Charles Musgrove
Louis Shergold Louis Shergold ... Little Charles
Nicholas Farrell ... Mr Musgrove
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Storyline

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside country estate, rented by his brother-in-law, admiral Croft, so the financially stressed baronet can afford a fashionable, cheaper residence in trendy Bath. First the former lovers meet again on the estate, where they feel vibes again, but neither dares admit them until it seems too late. Yet the truth becomes clear, both have moved, but meet again in Bath. Written by KGF Vissers

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A new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Persuasion See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clerkenwell Films, WGBH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The red, long-sleeved gown with accordion-pleat trim on the over-sleeves worn by an extra in the Pump Room when Anne talks with Mr. Elliot is the same costume worn by Lady Willoughby when she meets Lady Russell in the Pump Room in Screen Two: Persuasion (1995), by an extra in the square at the end of Goya's Ghosts (2006), and by the dance teacher during the fan-language lesson in The Regency House Party (2004). See more »

Goofs

Captain Wensworth, Anne and Henriette all arrive in a carriage from Lymne to the house. The carriage drives off, Anne and the captain talk in front of the house. Then the captain mounts a horse that miraculously has appeared. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Anne has been upset and flustered as she hurries through Kellynch Hall, marking an inventory of items throughout the mansion. She spies Lady Russell's carriage approaching and goes outside to meet her. They talk while returning inside]
Anne Elliot: My dear Russell!
Lady Russell: My dear Anne. You look quite done for. I came back as soon as I received your letter. I had no idea the position was so worse.
Anne Elliot: Unfortunately, a person who has contracted debts must pay them, even if he is a gentleman.
Lady Russell: Was there no ...
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Connections

Version of Persuasion (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony 25 in G Minor
(uncredited)
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(concert at Bath Assembly)
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Let me persuade you that this new version of the classic is very nice, mostly due to a terrific cast
14 January 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Anne Eliot (Sally Hawkins) is the daughter of a once-wealthy but spendthrift father in the early 1800's. Unmarried at 27, she convinces her papa to lease their opulent house to others and move to Bath, keeping the family afloat with the rental income. As there are few alternatives, her father agrees. Anne, a winsome and extremely intelligent girl, tries to make the best of the situation. In truth, she still regrets that she once turned down a marriage proposal, on the advice of others, from a handsome but relatively poor naval officer. Now the officer, newly-rich Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penny-Jones) returns to the area when his very sister and her admiral husband move into Anne's old residence. Whew! A reunion between the parties is inevitable. Anne, visiting a sister who lives nearby, meets the Captain through her brother-in-law Charles' family. But, Wentworth pays little attention to Anne, making it clear that he does not welcome the renewed acquaintance. Instead, Wentworth declares he is ready to marry and he turns his attentions to the two sprightly younger sisters of Charles. Anne, however, discovers that her heart still belongs to the Captain. What's a poor girl to do? This new version of Austen's classic succeeds admirably, mostly due to the wonderful cast. Hawkins and Penny-Jones are terrific as the main players and all of the other cast members are well-chosen, too. It is their reading of Austen's words that breathes new life into the old story. I say this because, while the costumes and sets are nice, they are definitely not on the grand scale of an all-out cinema production. But, does this truly matter? No. Austen's tale of love, once lost, finding, perhaps, a new beginning is timelessly beautiful. In short, let me persuade you, the viewer, to watch this latest version. Any fan of Austen's, or of a great love story, will be happily content at film's end.


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