August 2nd, 1996



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In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.8/10 (16,275 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Douglas McGrath

Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi

Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr. Knightly.

Writers: Jane Austen, Douglas McGrath

Gwyneth Paltrow - Emma Woodhouse
James Cosmo - Mr. Weston
Greta Scacchi - Mrs. Weston
Alan Cumming - Mr. Elton
Denys Hawthorne - Mr. Woodhouse
Sophie Thompson - Miss Bates
Jeremy Northam - Mr. Knightley
Toni Collette - Harriet Smith
Kathleen Byron - Mrs. Goddard
Phyllida Law - Mrs. Bates
Edward Woodall - Mr. Robert Martin
Brett Miley - Little Boy
Brian Capron - John Knightley
Karen Westwood - Isabella Knightley
Paul Williamson - Footman

Taglines: Cupid is armed and dangerous!

Release Date: 2 August 1996

Filming Locations: Breakspear House, Harefield, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $240,649 (USA) (4 August 1996) (9 Screens)

Gross: $22,201,883 (USA) (24 November 1996)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Ontario)

Did You Know?

The tan striped gown with teal scallop trim at the hem Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston) wears in the final scene is the same costume worn by a guest at the Easter Ball in Wives and Daughters, and by Emma Pierson (Fanny Dorrit) to visit Mrs. Merdles in Little Dorrit.

Continuity: Frank Churchill's hair changes length in the scenes when he says goodbye to Emma - shorter when he arrives and longer when he leaves.

Mr. Knightley: Emma, how could you be so unfeeling to Miss Bates? How can you be so insolent to a woman of her age and situation? I had not thought it possible?
Emma: How could I help saying it? I daresay she did not understand me.
Mr. Knightley: Oh, I assure you, she felt your full meaning. She cannot stop mentioning it! I wish you could have heard her honor your forbearance in putting up with her when her society is so irksome.
Emma: I know there is no better creature in all the world, but you must allow that blended along side of the good there is an equal among of ridiculous in her.

User Review

Matchmaker, match thyself...

Rating: 10/10

What a delightful film...

Accompanied by Oscar-winning Composer RACHEL PORTMAN's lush, emotional and dreamy music, this film remains a pure delight worthy of viewing more than once a year.

Incredible casting...

Gwyneth Paltrow was perfect for the role of Emma. Toni Collette was great as Harriett Smith.

The character who stole the film was MISS BATES!!! She was mesmerizing to watch, one finds oneself on the edge of ones' seat just hanging on her every word and laughing hysterically WITH her. One of the most endearing characters I have come across in ages. From one of the opening scenes when she is thanking Mr. Woodhouse for sending "that lovely quarter-hind of pork... PORK, MOTHER!!!" she shouts into her daffy and clearly hearing impaired Mother, Mrs. Bates (played by Emma Thompson's mother, Phyllida Law) who looks forlorn and lost.

The comical ways that Emma would avoid the grating Miss Bates builds itself up for one truly gut-wrenching scene at the picnic when Emma insults Miss Bates who takes her cruel dig to her heart. We then see poor Miss Bates stammering and on the verge of tears and just so crushed one can not help but feel one's heart ripped out to her on her behalf. It is a classic scene, one to be rewound and played over & over...

The ending is right up there with "Sense & Sensibility" and provides one of life's greatest lessons about how one should marry one's best friend...

I hope that this film delights you all as much as it has myself.



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