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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 »

Director:

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:

Jane Austen's 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 green striped gown with velvet Spencer jacket Julia Davis (Elizabeth Elliot) wears at Kellynch Hall is the same costume Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley) wears at Netherfield Hall in Pride and Prejudice (1995). However, the bottom portion of the gown, cut on the bias, has been removed for the later film. This gown also appears in Vanity Fair (1998) worn by Vicki Pepperdine (Ann Dobbin) in the park scenes, and by an extra at the London party where Annabella Milbanke meets Byron in Byron (2003). The Spencer also appears, without the striped gown, in Little Dorrit (2008), worn by Emma Pierson as Fanny Dorrit. See more »

Goofs

When Anne is running through the streets of Bath, right before she bumps into Charles and Captain Wentworth, a hydro pole and a radio tower can be seen in the background. 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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Version of Persuasion (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony 25 in G Minor
(uncredited)
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(concert at Bath Assembly)
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A very enjoyable adaptation.
22 April 2007 | by Alex ThomasSee all my reviews

Having read some of the earlier comments I felt I had to jump to the defence of this highly enjoyable production of Persuasion. Having seen the 1995 BBC adaptation I cannot deny that this adaptation was done in a somewhat different style, however that does not take away from the pleasure gained by watching this ITV production.

I have read all 6 of Austen's novels and have read much literary criticism where her work is concerned, so like many other people who have commented on this film, I no longer compare adaptations of Austen's novels to her actual novels. Therefore I can have no quarrel with this latest film.

It has been addressed that Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins lacked on screen chemistry, this is in a way quite true, but only because their chemistry is more understated, which is, in my opinion more in keeping to the period in which Jane Austen was writing. I do not agree with the many comments insulting the acting of almost all of the cast. In my opinion, the ITV has come up trumps with this cast and each actor and actress portrayed their character in a way which suited the overall character of the film.

Unfortunately I do have to agree with many comments on the camera work of this production which was certainly below par, however this is my only complaint.

So, overall the film was most enjoyable, the story itself being told in such a way that I almost cried at the end! I am sure that this adaptation has helped only to uphold the respect for Austen's Persuasion and her other great novels. For that any true Austen-fan can be grateful.


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