Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Video Cassette - 1996
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The Dashwood sisters, sensible Eleanor and passionate Marianne, find their chances at marriage seemingly doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1996
ISBN: 9780800179533
0800179536
Characteristics: 1 videocassette (136 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in

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LadySade
Nov 08, 2017

I did enjoy this movie even after reading the book. That's rare. Emma Thompson, although an excellent actress was clearly old in her role of Elinor Dashwood. Dashwood is a young woman between 19-21. Thompson was obviously in her mid thirties and could pass for beyond. Thankfully, her portrayal of the steady, practical Elinor helped to reconcile that. Miscasts were strewn all across this film but this was obviously the most glaring. I thought Kate Winslet performance early in her career embodied 'sensibility'. She gave a convincing performance as the blubbering, carefree, Marianne. I recommend this to fans of Austen who even after numerous disappointments, remain curious to see Hollywood's attempts at bringing classic Austen to the screen.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jul 05, 2017

Abysmal chick flick; "...take away reason and accountability."--Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets.

AL_KATI Jun 22, 2017

I have watched this movie more times than I care to admit and I still find it as fresh and delightful as ever. A bright Jane Austen adaptation with its Oscar-winning script penned by "Elinor" herself, Emma Thompson.

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swyckl
Jun 06, 2017

I enjoyed this very much. Well presented. Strong story. Well acted. If you love a non-fiction story using fiction names and places describing what it was like to live late 1800's you will love this story. That is what Jane Austin effectively preserves in her verbatim of the rules of love and the societal class system which existed. It represents what limited options females were allowed in society. Women were unable to follow a career, go to school. Women could only marry to secure their future. They had to try to marry the riches man possible to insure they did not starve or be homeless. The marriage they picked secured the future for their children too. There was no birth control then. If a female risked pregnancy out of wedlock, she was abandoned left to die and so was her child. Thank god, the present society in North American has advanced since then and women have more options.

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DUVIDL
May 25, 2017

This is the best version of this story. The casting is excellent, the script wonderful, the locations alone worth the viewing. Alan Rickman demonstrates what quiet, caring, truly romantic hero looks like. Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant are well-matched in their portrayals of people who very shy, understated exchanges only magnify their unspoken passions. The hardest parts to play in this story are by Kate Winslet and Patrick Doyle. Marianne is such a shallow, self-idolizing 'Drama Queen', she richly deserves her comeuppance by the self-centered, wealthy-aunt dominated 'Prince Pretty-Boy' played by Patrick Doyle (and - Oh Dear Moses Austin! - is Marianne ever slow on the uptake, still writing over-the-top billets-doux to him after the very public snubbing he gives her in front of everyone at the Great Gala!) Kate Winslet`s enactment of this overdramatic girl made me want to see Elinor haul off and slap her to the floor when Marianne says "Elinor! Have You No Heart(like over-dramatizing me)?" She made me despise Marianna so much that when Alan Rickman`s character proposes then marries her, all I could think was: "He MUST Be A Lapsed Catholic - `CUZ HE SURE IS DOING PENANCE FOR SOMETHING!"

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johnstonmk
Apr 15, 2017

Emma Thompson delivers an incredible performance, and her script adaptation perfectly matches the tone of the book. Possibly my favorite Jane Austen adaptation.

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sandyc99
Feb 12, 2017

Goodness gracious. While I absolutely knew what was going to happen, I couldn't help but cry at Emma Thompson's phenomenal performance. While Mary Ann was selfish and annoying, it is the way she is written and her personality stayed true to the book.

My introduction to Jane Austen, I was so engrossed in this movie that towards the end I remember I burst out crying because I couldn't stand it anymore and I didn't know what was going to happen. I've since gone on to read the books and watched the many versions of the movies. This is still one of my favorites.

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uugene
Dec 07, 2016

Stellar!

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sofa2001
Oct 11, 2016

Excellent film. Moves faster than the book. Emma Thompson was fabulous! Great contrast to Kate Winslet:
Calm older sister, not as pretty;
Vivacious younger sister, super beautiful.
And they even kept the little sister in the film!

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Marianne-"I did speak. I said 'yes' and 'no.'"

"How did you find the silver? Was it all genuine?"

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Monolith
Sep 22, 2013

Fanny: "...People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them."

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

John Willoughby: Brandon is the sort of man everyone speaks well of, but no one remembers to talk to.

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

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

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