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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Lose your heart and come to your senses.

Original Title : Sense and Sensibility
Director : Ang Lee
Writer : Jane Austen
Emma Thompson
Genre : Drama
Comedy/Romance
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Laurie Borg , Lindsay Doran , Sydney Pollack , James Schamus , Geoff Stier
Music : Patrick Doyle
Photography : Michael Coulter
Distributor : Columbia Pictures
MPAA Rating : Rated PG for mild thematic elements.
IMDB ID : 0114388
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Sense and Sensibility (1995) - Ang Lee
 

Starring

James Fleet John Dashwood
Tom Wilkinson Mr. Dashwood
Harriet Walter Fanny Dashwood
Kate Winslet Marianne Dashwood
Emma Thompson Elinor Dashwood
Gemma Jones Mrs. Dashwood
Hugh Grant Edward Ferrars
Emilie François Margaret Dashwood
Elizabeth Spriggs Mrs. Jennings
Robert Hardy Sir John Middleton
Ian Brimble Thomas
Isabelle Amyes Betsy
Alan Rickman Colonel Brandon
Greg Wise John Willoughby
Alexander John Curate
Imelda Staunton Charlotte Palmer
Imogen Stubbs Lucy Steele
Hugh Laurie Mr. Palmer
Allan Mitchell Pigeon
Josephine Gradwell Maid to Mrs. Jennings
Richard Lumsden Robert Ferrars
Lone Vidahl Miss Grey
Oliver Ford Davies Doctor Harris
Eleanor McCready Mrs. Bunting
 

Plot

When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. But this is a romance, and through the hardships and heartbreak, true love and a happy ending will find their way for both the sister who is all sense and the one who is all sensibility.
 

Comments

Movies don't get much better than this one., 16 January 1999 Author: Todd Victor Leone (todd1952@pacbell.net) from San Francisco, California Emma Thompson's screenplay is a work of genius, taking the story of people from a very different time and place and society and making them understandable to moviegoers of the 1990's. Ang Lee's direction is flawless, and the rich location filming is music for the eyes! You won't see anything that suggests the 20th century here. The cast is excellent, including Thompson herself, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, and even the supporting players. Mark Twain said that he couldn't read Jane Austen even on salary, an observation I well understand, yet Emma Thompson has made the story entertaining, touching and ultimately most enjoyable. As she said herself, this is no "Eat your spinach, it's good for you" approach to the classics. I saw this movie twice, the second time to pay attention to all of the rich detail which adds up to such a visual feast. The earliest 19th century isn't a place I'd ever want to live, but Emma Thompson, Ang Lee and Company make it a wonderful place to visit!