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Miss Austen Regrets (2008)

In the later years of her life, as she's approaching the age of forty, the novelist Jane Austen helps her niece find a husband.

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Jeremy Lovering

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Gwyneth Hughes
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Samuel Roukin ... Harris Bigg
Olivia Williams ... Jane Austen
Greta Scacchi ... Cassandra Austen
Imogen Poots ... Fanny Knight
Phyllida Law ... Mrs. Austen
Pip Torrens ... Edward Austen Knight
Harry Gostelow Harry Gostelow ... Rev. Charles Papillon
Tom Hiddleston ... Mr. John Plumptre
Hugh Bonneville ... Rev. Brook Bridges
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Mr. Lushington MP
Adrian Edmondson ... Henry Austen
Sylvie Herbert Sylvie Herbert ... Mme. Bigeon
Jack Huston ... Doctor Charles Haden
Jason Watkins ... Rev. Clarke
Sally Tatum Sally Tatum ... Anna Lefroy
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In the later years of her life, as she's approaching the age of forty, the novelist Jane Austen helps her niece find a husband.

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Io, Jane Austen See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The teal pelisse worn by a guest at the christening is the same costume worn by Natasha Little (Becky Sharp) at Mr. Raggles' flat in Vanity Fair (1998), a guest at the London party in Byron (2003), Rosie Hammond when she arrives at Kentchurch Court in The Regency House Party (2004), and an extra in the Assembly Rooms in Persuasion (2007). See more »

Quotes

Jane Austen: What if you do meet him
[the right man]
Jane Austen: and he doesn't have any money?
Fanny Austen-Knight: But if I love him then nothing else matters!
Jane Austen: What in heavens name gave you that idea?
Fanny Austen-Knight: It says so in all your books.
Edward Austen Knight: [gravely] If that's what you think they say, my dear, perhaps, you should read them again.
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Edited from The Real Jane Austen (2002) See more »

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Less Austen than life story
27 March 2010 | by barbara-czarniawskaSee all my reviews

I have watched this movie because I love Jane Austen's books, and because I have seen "Becoming Jane", and because I have read a TLS review of it. But, somewhat to my surprise, it is not Austen's biographical details – true or false – that were my main attraction. The point is, the movie tells an important truth (apart from delivering a series of trite statements on men-women relationships, which are all trite because they are so true…) about life stories, or the ways people think – and talk – about their lives. They oscillate – at least Jane did, as many of us do – between regrets (in spite of the title, the movie is NOT about regrets) and the idea that one could have made a "better" decision, and the feeling that the decision was absolutely right ("I have won my freedom"), and yet another feeling, that there was no decision at all, just a coincidence, which (Freud would have said) expressed the true longings and desires, or (some other people would have said), ended up as it did ("things turn out for the best", the movie says). I would hate to think that people see that movie as "just about Jane Austen" – much as I admire her, it is about all of us, and importantly so...


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