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Anne was in love with Frederick, who was rejected by her snobby parents 8 years ago. They've now hit hard times and rent out their mansion to his brother-in-law. He returns a Royal Navy captain. Will he remember Anne?

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Adrian Shergold

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Jane Austen (novel), Simon Burke (screenplay)
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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 ... Mrs Musgrove
Sam Hazeldine ... Charles Musgrove
Louis Shergold Louis Shergold ... Little Charles
Nicholas Farrell ... Mr Musgrove
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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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The white windowpane-check gown worn by Rosamund Stephen (Henrietta Musgrove) during the long walk to Winthrop is the same gown previously worn by Honeysuckle Weeks (Alice Cottisloe) in Victoria Wood: With All the Trimmings (2000), in Sense and Sensibility (1995) by Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood), in The Regency House Party (2004) by Victoria Hopkins, by an extra at the London party where Annabella Milbanke meets Byron in Byron (2003), and in Mansfield Park (2007) by Billie Piper (Fanny Price). 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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Soundtracks

German Dance in D Major
By Franz Schubert
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Compels you slowly; before you realize it, you're caught up
18 June 2008 | by ivorybigsisSee all my reviews

This current adaptation of Austen's mature novel is very endearing. Rupert Penry-Jones'adept utilization of facial expressions reveal a man who is deeply wounded and angry with good reason, yet subconsciously conflicted. His Captain Wentworth doesn't know if, and how he should proceed. He deftly portrays a spurned lover that is compelled to look back in spite of himself. Sally Hawkins expertly portrays a gentle introvert who hides a long held affection in some compartment of herself. She functions well enough in life, but she does not ,and cannot flourish, and wonders if she ever will embrace abundant happiness......The staging is accurate and the costumes lovely. Kudos to Anthony Head; he flawlessly captures Sir Walter Elliot, the most conceited, clueless genteel idiot who was ever most ingeniously conceived in the mind of a true observer of human nature and character-Jane Austen. We, the viewing public, are both sobered and amused.....


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