Sense and Sensibility

December 13th, 1995


Sense and Sensibility

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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.7/10 (39,837 voted)

Critic's Score: 84/100

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet

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.

Writers: Jane Austen, Emma Thompson

James Fleet - John Dashwood
Tom Wilkinson - Mr. Dashwood
Harriet Walter - Fanny Ferrars 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 - Col. Christopher Brandon
Greg Wise - John Willoughby
Alexander John - Curate

Taglines: Lose your heart and come to your senses.

Release Date: 13 December 1995

Filming Locations: Berry Pomeroy Church, Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,500,000 (estimated)

Gross: $135,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the DVD extras, Emma Thompson relates how Patrick Doyle was challenged to set Ben Jonson's 'The Dreame' to music. The result is the piece Col. Brandon requests Marianne to play on the pianoforte and the end title music.

Continuity: When Marianne wanders off from the Palmers' house, and Elinor is staring out the window, Mr. Palmer speaks to her and hands her a cup of tea. Immediately following that, Charlotte pours a cup of tea and gives it to Elinor, who thanks her and receives it with both hands.

Edward Ferrars: My heart is, and always will be, yours.

User Review

A subtle masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

I saw this movie in a cinema back in 1996 and since that June I have seen it about a dozen times. It is true, that being an ardent lover of the so-called Romantic (as if the 13th century couldn't be Romantic or 17th, but these things are academic nonsense) period I can enjoy even minor pieces of period cinema, however this is most probably the best film set in the early 19th century. Although it centers on the relationship of the two sisters and their respective romantic relationships, it also seems to be a salute to the period itself in its precise description of the English country society. It is truthful to Jane Austen's novel, but Emma Thompson's script is fine in its own right, with many omissions and additions to the novel. The acting is superb, Kate Winslet as the typical Romantic dreamer (sensibility) is breathtaking (try not to be moved when her character wanders in the rain to see the house of her beloved and when she whispers half-deranged: 'Willoughby, Willoughby, Willoughby.') is perfect as is Emma Thompson as the rational but equally tormented older sister(sense). Greg Wise is perfect as the dashing semi-Byronic hero Willoughby and Allan Rickman as the mellow Brandon. To say nothing of the art direction, the music or the fantastic image composition. I would recommend everyone with some sort of emotional subtlety to see this film, for the story, the wit, the period and the imagery.


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