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Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson , Kate Winslet , Ang Lee    DVD
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Emma Thompson scores a double bull's-eye with this marvelous adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Not only does Thompson turn in a strong (and gently humorous) performance as one of the Dashwood sisters--the one with "sense"--she also wrote the witty, wise screenplay. Austen's tale of 19th-century manners and morals provides a large cast with a feast of possibilities, notably Kate Winslet, in her pre-Titanic flowering, as Thompson's deeply romantic sister. Winslet attracts the wooing of shy Alan Rickman (a nice change of pace from his bad-guy roles) and dashing Greg Wise, while Thompson must endure an incredibly roundabout courtship with Hugh Grant, here in fine and funny form. All of this is doled out with the usual eye-filling English countryside and handsome costumes, yet the film always seems to be about the careful interior lives of its characters. The director, an inspired choice, is Taiwan-born Ang Lee, who brings the same exquisite taste and discreet touch he displayed in his previous Asian films (such as Eat Drink Man Woman). Thompson's script won an Oscar, and 1995 was a fine year for Jane Austen all around: Persuasion was made into an excellent picture, and Emma became the spritzy high school comedy Clueless. --Robert Horton

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Thompson/Rickman/Winslet/Grant ~ Sense & Sensibility (1995)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely wonderful May 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This movie is one of my all-time favorites. I watch it because I find it warm and comforting. The drama and acting was superb.
I think Alan Rickman just about stole the show. He's wonderful in everything. This is the only movie that I've seen him play a good guy, and he's absolutely wonderful. You can't help but to fall in love with him. Where are the Colonel Brandons of this world!
I was highly impressed with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson. They were so convincing as the Dashwood sisters that I'll never be able to separate them from the roles.
On top of the fine acting, magnificent scenery, and lovely costumes, you have thoughtful cinematography. Pay close attention to the framing of the scenes. I particularly like the scene where the atlas is delivered to the cottage but not by Edward. While Elinor and her mother are talking about Edward you notice that the camera zooms away. The door frame becomes a picture frame for the scene. You feel like you're in the house, almost eavesdropping. Then Elinor closes the atlas as if to say the conversation is over. There are subtle moves like that throughout the entire movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic based on a classic July 15 2004
By Megan
Format:DVD
It seems that for a few years, Hollywood couldn't turn out Austen movies fast enough. This is the only English production of the bunch, and it is wonderful.
The casting is perfect. I thought it very silly that Emma Thompson was going to be the 19 year old Eleanor, and since she produced the movie I thought that was just silly vanity. But she is actually perfect as the too-sensible-for-her-own-good Eleanor. Kate Winslet is great as flaky Marianne. Even little Margaret (Austen's only fully-realized child character) is great as the spunky pre-teen. I remember when the movie came out one reviewer said that Hugh Grant's character "looks like he's forgotten to take the coat hanger out of his clothing" and that is so true... but he's so good as the clueless cad.
The film is beautifully shot, with great sets and scenery. It's a little hard for a modern person to understand why the Dashwoods were so upset to have to move to such a charming cottage! Historical perspective is maintained in the movie, though.
It is also very well written, with my very favourite line in any movie appearing (though I've read the book twice looking for it). Truly words to live by, Mrs. Dashwood tells blabbermouth Margaret that if she can't think of anything appropriate to say, "please keep your conversation to the roads and the weather!" Advice that has never failed me yet :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed! July 5 2004
By Mia Mia
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful movie with a wonderful cast and beautiful script. I don't really know what else to say except that I absolutely adore this film. Alan Rickman is superb as Colonel Brandon, I fall in love with him over and over again each time I watch this movie. He's wonderful, as is Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars. Both characters are so likeable and real, they fit perfectly with their characters and make each viewing as enjoyable as the last. Kate Winslet, as well, is one of my favorite actresses. She fits so well in period pieces like this one.
This film is great whether or not you've read the book. It's good all on it's own. My only complaint is that I cannot picture Eleanor as only 19. While I've always pictured her well above her years, I have a difficult time accepting her age in the film. This is overlooked by Emma Thompson's brilliant portrayal of her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fancy or a feeling May 16 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
One of the Dashwood daughters is smart, down-to-earth and sensible. The other is wildly romantic and sensitive.

When those daughters are from Jane Austen novel, you can guess that there are going to be romantic problems aplenty for both of them -- along with the usual entailment issues, love triangles, sexy bad boys and societal scandals. Ang Lee deftly adapted Ausen's "Sense and Sensibility" into the sort of movie it should be -- a lushly beautiful, quietly passionate period drama.

When Mr. Dashwood dies, his entire estate is entailed to his weak son John and snotty daughter-in-law Fanny. His widow (Gemma Jones) and her three daughters are left with little money and no home.

Over the next few weeks, the eldest daughter Elinor (Emma Thompson) begins to fall for Fanny's studious, quiet brother Edward (Hugh Grant)... but being the down-to-earth one, she knows she hasn't got a chance. Her impoverished family soon relocates to Devonshire, where a tiny cottage is being rented to them by one of Mrs. Dashwood's relatives -- and Marianne (Kate Winslet) soon attracts the attention of two men. One is the quiet, much older Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman), and the other is the dashing and romantic Willoughby (Greg Wise).

But things begin to spiral out of control when Willoughby seems about to propose to Marianne... only to abruptly break off his relationship with her. And during a trip to London, both Elinor and Marianne discover devastating facts about the men they are in love with -- both of them are engaged to other women. And after disaster strikes the Dashwood family, both the sisters will discover what real love is about...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by John B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!
Published 3 days ago by Inkysmiles
5.0 out of 5 stars No other comes close.
I forgot that this is the Cream of the Crop! Emma Thompson wrote the script and the great Director Ang Lee
took it from there. None of the BBC series of this era come close. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Gary Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie helps to take me back to a time ...
This movie helps to take me back to a time when things were a lot less complicated.
Oh if we could live when this were not so complicated.
Published 20 days ago by parrots
3.0 out of 5 stars That's nice version. Hugh Grant is simply fantastic
That's nice version. Hugh Grant is simply fantastic. Emma Thompson is ok. the other are nice. I really like Harriet Walker. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Marko Hubert
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
lovely movie
Published 1 month ago by patty feltham
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of the classic
I own other versions of this classic and this is by far the best version. Emma Thompson is at her best and Hugh Grant was great in this role. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diana
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I think the slickness and beauty of this adaptation carry it far. To me, if characters don't look as I imagine them to, if the setting and costumes and music aren't 'right', things... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Poetkitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story telling
Recommend this movie to anyone who likes the classics. Its got several parts that make you laugh and the actors do a great job.
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Noseworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars PLUPERFECT ADAPTATION OF AUSTEN'S TIMELESS CLASSIC
Ang Lee's superb movie based on an equally marvelous screenplay by Emma Thompson exudes the sort of timeless propriety, decorum, good sense... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nick Zegarac
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