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Persuasion (1995)

Original Title : Persuasion
Director : Roger Michell
Writer : Jane Austen
Nick Dear
Genre : Romance
Drama
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Rebecca Eaton , George Faber , George Faber , Fiona Finlay , Margot Hayhoe
Music : Jeremy Sams
Photography : John Daly
Distributor : Columbia TriStar Films de España S.A.
MPAA Rating : Rated PG for brief mild language.
IMDB ID : 0114117
Official site : http://www.spe.sony.com/classics/persuasion/persuasion.html
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Persuasion (1995) - Roger Michell
 

Starring

Amanda Root Anne Elliot
Ciarán Hinds Captain Frederick Wentworth
Susan Fleetwood Lady Russell
Corin Redgrave Sir Walter Elliot
Fiona Shaw Mrs. Croft
John Woodvine Admiral Croft
Phoebe Nicholls Elizabeth Elliot
Samuel West Mr. Elliot
Sophie Thompson Mary Musgrove
Judy Cornwell Mrs. Musgrove
Simon Russell Beale Charles Musgrove
Felicity Dean Mrs. Clay
Roger Hammond Mr. Musgrove
Emma Roberts Louisa Musgrove
Victoria Hamilton Henrietta Musgrove
Robert Glenister Captain Harvile
Richard McCabe Captain Benwick
Helen Schlesinger Mrs. Smith
Jane Wood Nurse Rooke
David Collings Mr. Shepherd
Darlene Johnson Lady Dalrymple
Cinnamon Faye Miss Carteret
Isaac Maxwell-Hunt Henry Hayter
Roger Llewellyn Sir Henry Willoughby
Sally George Mrs. Harville
David Acton Naval Officer
Justin Avoth Naval Officer
Lonnie James Jemima
Roger Watkins Landlord
David Plummer Apothecary
Richard Brenner Coachman
Bill McGuirk Tradesman
Niall Refoy Tradesman
Ken Shorter Lady Dalrymple's Butler
Dermot Kerrigan Footman
Tom Rigby Little Charles
Alex Wilman Little Walter
Rosa Mannion Concert Opera Singer
 

Plot

Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though promising, had poor family connections. When her father rents out the family estate to Admiral Croft, Anne is thrown into company with Frederick, because his sister is Mrs. Croft. Frederick is now a rich and successful Captain, and a highly eligible bachelor. Whom will he marry? One of Anne's sister's husband's sisters? Or will he and Anne rekindle the old flame?
 

Comments

Beautiful and understated, 3 September 2000 Author: stills-6 from california This is a very well put together, and yet very fragile movie that shows its budget constraints all too well. Beautifully acted and written, the direction unfortunately reveals the boxy nature of a TV screen. But despite the lack of impressive cinematography, the scenes are set up extremely well. The use of staging and visual metaphor are jaw-droppingly fantastic. Austen's relatively simple potboiler has been turned into a work of visual art that reveals the director's love for the material.The music is done perfectly - it doesn't overpower or ever impose interpretation, instead it is just enough to maintain focus on the story. And I love the understated nature of the characters. It is easy to spot the hypocrites, but you can see why they are the way they are. It would be very easy to make Mr. Eliot into a simpering, unctious idiot - instead, he is played as a gentleman. It makes Anne a better character, and it makes the movie a better experience.