Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

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Director: Ang Lee, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet

Cast: Ang Lee, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet


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The recipient of seven Academy Award nominations, this film version of Jane Austen's classic 1811 novel stars Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood. With her mother and sisters, Elinor struggles financially after the death of her father, who bequeathed the Dashwood estate to his oafish son by an earlier marriage. While sorting out the


The recipient of seven Academy Award nominations, this film version of Jane Austen's classic 1811 novel stars Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood. With her mother and sisters, Elinor struggles financially after the death of her father, who bequeathed the Dashwood estate to his oafish son by an earlier marriage. While sorting out the family's affairs, the shy, self-sacrificing Elinor secretly falls for her stepbrother-in-law, Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant), a sensitive, well-educated bachelor who cannot court her because of his foolhardy youthful engagement to the greedy Lucy Steele (Imogen Stubbs). The grateful Dashwoods are offered a modest country home by family friends, which they accept. Once relocated, Elinor's brash, spirited sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) falls for a dashing local, John Willoughby (Greg Wise), a womanizer who nevertheless seems to share her affections. A prominent neighbor, Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman), also falls in love with Marianne, but she is oblivious to the older man's affections. Eventually, Willoughby fails Marianne, breaking her heart, until she realizes Brandon's feelings. When Edward's family disowns him, Lucy marries his brother instead, leaving him free to pursue an exultant Elinor. Thompson won the film's sole Oscar® for her screenplay adaptation of Austen's novel.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An exquisitely detailed rendering of the acclaimed Jane Austen novel, and superbly adapted by Oscar-winning actress and star Emma Thompson (who scored an Oscar on her first try as a screenwriter), this look at social mores in 19th-century England actually seems more contemporary than many films of its ilk. Perfectly cast right down the line, the film benefits from clear, straightforward storytelling and the keen eye of director Ang Lee, whose past efforts, while set in different eras, show him to be immediately worthy of creating such a rich piece of work. Of all the faithful adaptations of Austen's sometimes fanciful books, this one seems to be the most accessible, especially on an emotional level, as it deals with humor and heartbreak with assurance and understanding. Best of all, the film breaks free of the stagnant characteristics that so many associate with period films. Sense and Sensibility enjoyed great success in its release, mostly because of its timeless ability to tap into the sympathies of modern audiences without insulting their intelligence or cheapening a great story for mass consumption.

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Performance Credits
Emma Thompson Elinor Dashwood
Alan Rickman Col. Brandon
Kate Winslet Marianne Dashwood
Hugh Grant Edward Ferrars
James Fleet John Dashwood
Harriet Walter Fanny Dashwood
Oliver Ford Davies Doctor Harris
Emile Francois Margaret Dashwood
Robert Hardy Sir John Middleton
Alexander John Curate
Gemma Jones Mrs. Dashwood
Hugh Laurie Mr. Palmer
Richard Lumsden Robert Ferrars
Elizabeth Spriggs Mrs. Jennings
Imelda Staunton Charlotte Palmer
Imogen Stubbs Lucy Steele
Tom Wilkinson Mr. Dashwood
Greg Wise John Willoughby

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director
Emma Thompson Screenwriter
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Lindsay Doran Producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Philip Elton Art Director
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
Morag Ross Makeup
Andrew Sanders Art Director
James Schamus Co-producer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Chris Newman Asst. Director
Michelle Guish Casting
Laurie Borg Co-producer
Tim Squyres Editor
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Geoff Stier Associate Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Austen Source Author


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Sense and Sensibility 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
JoannaTX More than 1 year ago
I think my 5-star rating makes my answer obvious - this one! You can tell by watching this movie, that the director obviously read and understood Sense and Sensibility. There are important family dynamics that the other two versions don't cover as well. This movie has a great cast - Emma Thompson, Kate Winsley, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman. It's also true to the spirit of teh novel. What I like best, perhaps, is that while remaining very faithful to the book, it managed a good time and is easily enjoyed by non-JaneAusten fans. My parents loved it.

My favorite scene: The proposal! It was beautiful - I cried a whole lot. LOL. A definate recommend, so don't waste any more time. Go watch it!
police1510 More than 1 year ago
I can appreciate that it took Emma Thompson so long to get this movie ready. I enjoyed everything about it - especially the scenery - but the actors were "just right" for each character - the dialog - the costumes - everything !!- I have seen it several times before but just had to have this edition.
BookWorm8 More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie, especially for Jane Austen fans since the performances really bring out the nuances of feeling for each character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen. It kept the movie length time instead of the 6-hour Pride and Prejudice dished out, was on the nose about all of the characters and plot. It was as if Jane Austen herself had written the script! Absolutely marvelous!
CatL More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy watching this for the umpteenth time now that I own it. Love the cast of characters, especially Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. Alan really puts himself into the part of Colonel Brandon, and Emma really makes Elinor come alive. The other cast members are also quite talented, and do well in their roles. Dialog was good, in keeping with the time frame of the original book. Jane Austen really put out some good books that have been made into some great movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Outstanding'' is the word that comes to mind when I think of Emma Thompson's adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel. Thompson's faithful rendering of the characters and the period reflect her great love for this timeless story. She has wonderfully captured the wit and poignancy that make Austen's work both enduring and endearing to its readers. The parlor scene, when an unsuspecting and ardent Edward interrupts Elinor and Lucy's earnest conversation about him, always makes me chuckle; the awkwardness felt by all is so palpable, and so wonderfully portrayed. And then, when clueless Marianne happens upon the scene! What wonderfully understated comedy! This movie is well worth adding to any Austen fan's video library.
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baseballmommy More than 1 year ago
Smart movie, smart script and a lovely performance by Emma Thompson. I also loved Alan Rickman-- but when is he ever NOT great?
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I did not like this movie........I LOVED it!!!!!!!!! Wonderfull acting, funny, romantic, emotional, what else could you want? I never get tired of watching it, you have got to see this!
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
You know how it's a cliche to say "the book was better?" And Austen's Sense and Sensibility is a classic and one beloved by me, but I was never less than satisfied with this adaptation. Knowing the novel as I do, I could detect where Thompson's script added or diverted, but it never felt anything less than seemless. What is so winning to me about the Austen novel that is this film's source is the blend of humor and drama, and this film captures that beautifully in its script and performances. It features perfect comic timing that provokes laughter but this is also a moving film--one of the few that has made me cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i may be young and still a teenager but i love all things jane austen. I believe that this movie was close enough to the book not to upset those who have read it and i believe all the cast did a magnificent job playing thier role.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love watching this Jane Austen adaptation. I thought that the script stayed as true to the book as possible while keeping the movie at a good length time-wise. You really feel the characters' emotions and circumstances--mainly Elinor's. This is one of the"if not the"best Jane Austen movie adaptations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Austen fan, and see every adaptation that comes along. This one was an inaccurate adaptation that wasn't at all true to the spirit of the book. All the little "charming" interactions with the youngest sister were totally out of place for the time, and Emma Thompson was a more appropriate choice for Mrs. Dashwood than Elinor. One of the essential tensions of the book was how someone as young as Elinor could act with such self restraint, and Emma Tompson was in her mid to late thirties when this film was made. I think Thompson looks fabulous, but she didn't look 21. Kate Winslet was perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! Terrific acting, beautiful scenery, altogether great period piece! My only problem with it is... not NEARLY enough Colonel Brandon! Alan Rickman steals yet another movie! What a man!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch many of the Austen films, and I can honestly say that it's very difficult to find one that is not only sufficiently accurate - a movie can't be EXACTLY accurate - but also true to the characters and the theme. This one was fabulous! Emma Thompson made a brilliant Elinor - no one has done it better! Just like in the books, we see her show the most emotional maturity - even more than her mother. She is essential to the family dynamic as this movie shows. Her performance in the last main scene was beautifully done - it shows her FINALLY letting go of her emotions. She'd held back for so long that she couldn't any longer. Kate Winslet was perfect as well. Hugh Grant did good too. I also like how Willoughby wasn't portrayed as evil, but more of an irresponsible and philandering rake. I loved it and so will you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great romantic movie with a good ending. At times it as sad and at times it is funny. It is a well done movie and the actors all fit the parts!!! You will definately enjoy this!
je47 More than 1 year ago
Everything about the experience was wonderful. The acting is first rate, the screen play is exceptional, loved the music. Also, this is one of my all-time favorite books.