Emma

Emma

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Director: Douglas McGrath

Cast: Douglas McGrath, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Toni Collette

     
 

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Based on the novel by Jane Austen (who in the '90s seemed to be in the running alongside William Shakespeare and Stephen King for the honors of most adapted author in Hollywood), this period romantic comedy stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who imagines herself an authority on matters of the heart. With the best of intentions, Emma plays… See more details below

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Based on the novel by Jane Austen (who in the '90s seemed to be in the running alongside William Shakespeare and Stephen King for the honors of most adapted author in Hollywood), this period romantic comedy stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who imagines herself an authority on matters of the heart. With the best of intentions, Emma plays matchmaker for her friends, most notably her friend Harriet (Toni Collette), who Emma links up with the Reverend Elton (Alan Cumming), and her governess, (Greta Scacchi), who she introduces to her future husband, Mr. Weston (James Cosmo). However, Emma is not nearly as good at playing Cupid as she likes to imagine, and she spends so much time trying to solve everyone else's romantic problems that it takes her quite some time to realize that she's fallen in love with Mr. Knightly (Jeremy Northam). A television miniseries based on Austen's book appeared a year later, while a year prior to Emma, the story appeared in modernized form in the popular teen comedy Clueless.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this 1996 adaptation of a Jane Austen novel of the same name, American actress Gwyneth Paltrow is ever so English, because she has nailed not only the upper-class British accent but also the upper-class British bearing and demeanor. As Emma Woodhouse, she thinks she is all-wise about everyone's romantic longings and plays puppeteer to manipulate eligible men and women into marriageable position. Ironically, the person she knows least about -- and the person with the most interesting matrimonial possibilities -- is herself. The audience suspects that Emma and the handsome George Knightley (Jeremy Northam) will eventually pair up, but then again there is always the dashing Frank Churchill (Ewan McGregor). Meanwhile, director and scriptwriter Douglas McGrath centers the action on other romantic intrigues, as well as gentle satire and drawing-room wit and repartee. Toni Collette shines as the naive and gullible Harriet Smith, the focus of matchmaking gone wrong, and Juliet Stevenson becomes vanity personified as Mrs. Elton.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/1998
UPC:
0786936025569
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gwyneth Paltrow Emma Woodhouse
Jeremy Northam Mr. Knightly
Toni Collette Harriet Smith
Greta Scacchi Mrs. Weston
Alan Cumming Rev. Elton
Juliet Stevenson Mrs. Elton
Kathleen Byron Mrs. Goddard
James Cosmo Mr. Weston
Angela Down Mrs. Martin
John Franklyn-Robbins Mr. Cole
Denys Hawthorne Mr. Woodhouse
Phyllida Law Mrs. Bates
Ewan McGregor Frank Churchill
Sophie Thompson Miss Bates
Polly Walker Jane Fairfax
Karen Westwood Isabella
Paul Williamson Footman

Technical Credits
Douglas McGrath Director,Screenwriter
Patrick Cassavetti Producer
Steven Haft Producer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Rachel Portman Score Composer,Songwriter
Lesley Walker Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Mary Selway Casting
Donna Grey Associate Producer
Michael Howells Production Designer
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Riley Art Director
Donna Gigliotti Executive Producer
Donna Gray Associate Producer
Joshua Meath-Baker Art Director
Davina Nicholson Asst. Director
Sarah Trevis Casting
Totty Whately Set Decoration/Design
Ian Wilson Cinematographer
Jane Austen Source Author

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