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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie with perfect casting. Jan. 21 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I really enjoyed this movie mostly because of the acting talent. Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet did an incredibly good job of bringing their characters to life. After reading Sense and Sensibility, I also realized that this version was very close to the actual text. For anyone who likes romance movies, try this one and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Ang Lee's superb movie based on an equally marvelous screenplay by Emma Thompson exudes the sort of timeless propriety, decorum, good sense...and yes, sensibility that Jane Austen herself might have desired from a movie - if only movies had been around in Austen's time.

The cast is extraordinary and Patrick Doyle's sublime score elevates the whole affair to an exemplar of the costume drama/comedy. This disc looks fairly good, albeit there are some crushed blacks in the darker scenes. Otherwise, colors are rich, fine detail pleasing and everything looks as it should in 1080p. Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 7 2014
Format:DVD
lovely movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of the classic June 14 2014
By Diana
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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. In fact all the actors give superior performances to other versions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 30 2014
By Poetkitty TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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 quickly go south for me. I love the scenes of wealth - even at Barton dining on the lawn there is a sumptuousness that is lacking in other versions! But I also love the homey feel - we see scenes of domestic, country life that are appealing. I think in other versions that the sisters are too dowdy - as though losing their father and their home would suddenly make them lose all accoutrements of wealth - no smart bonnets, no jewellery, no accessories. Elinor lamenting about the cost of sugar keeps this adaptation grounded, however. The romantic aspect is well done, and of course this is important. Marianne seems at first annoyed at the 'attentions' of Brandon, and rightly besotted with Willoughby...Brandon is perfect! The chemistry between Elinor and Edward is fine. Lucy is excellent, and I don't mind the omission of her sister. Making Sir John a widower is fine too - his wife and brood aren't necessary. I love Sir John and Mrs Jennings - they are a scream! Their coarseness isn't repulsive, but a nice off-set for the more quietly brought up sisters. Even Margaret is good - and when we see her interactions with Edward at Norland, we see how Elinor could fall for him. My favourite character was Alan Rickman as Brandon, with his steady worth and constancy....difficult at times to make this character sexy as well as solid. Rickman nails it. Willoughby was good, but I think he could have been played with an underlying edge of the rake. He seems too 'good'. Overall, I really liked this version!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story telling Feb. 26 2014
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Recommend this movie to anyone who likes the classics. Its got several parts that make you laugh and the actors do a great job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Plus Sept. 4 2013
By Marion
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This is typically Jane Austen. Very enjoyable with excellent actors. I have watched it more than once and have enjoyed it each time. I definitely recommend this movie for a great night's entertainment.
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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 2 days ago by Marko Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Cast in the Past.
This is a great period drama. It is on par with Pride and Prejudice. The characters all respond well to each other, and interact really well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Norman Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classic
This version of sense and sensibility is fantastic, Alan Rickman is fantastic in his role. This movie will pull at your heartstrings and make you smile endlessly.
Published 12 months ago by Olivia Walliser
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This is a classic! I love the book, and I love this movie. I own both this and the newer BBC version. I think I like this one just a little bit better... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lila
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellente adaptation
Il y a eu d'autres versions de cette adaptation du roman de Jane Austen mais celle-ci est ma préférée. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charlevx
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful story
Delightful story with plenty of ups and downs to keep you interested. Great acting. Definitely recommend for the hopelessly romantic.
Published 16 months ago by Andie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I liked this movie so much I have ordered copies to give away as gifts. The story, acting, scenery is outstanding and I've watched it often.
Published 16 months ago by Robert Maclean
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