Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Critic Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.
The recipient of seven Oscar (R) nominations, this film version of Jane Austen's classic 1811 novel stars Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood. With her mother and sisters, Elinor struggles financially after the death of her father, who bequeathed the Dashwood estate to his oafish son by an earlier marriage. While sorting out the family's affairs, the shy, self-sacrificing Elinor secretly falls for her stepbrother-in-law, Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant), a sensitive, well-educated bachelor who cannot court her because of his foolhardy youthful engagement to the greedy Lucy Steele (Imogen Stubbs). The grateful Dashwoods are offered a modest country home by family friends, which they accept. Once relocated, Elinor's brash, spirited sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) falls for a dashing local, John Willoughby (Greg Wise), a womanizer who nevertheless seems to share her affections. A prominent neighbor, Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman), also falls in love with Marianne, but she is oblivious to the older man's affections. Eventually, Willoughby fails Marianne, breaking her heart, until she realizes Brandon's feelings. When Edward's family disowns him, Lucy marries his brother instead, leaving him free to pursue an exultant Elinor. Thompson won the film's sole Oscar (R) for her screenplay adaptation of Austen's novel. … More
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as Marianne Dashwood
as Edward Ferrars
as Col. Brandon
as John Dashwood
as Fanny Dashwood
as Mrs. Dashwood
as Mrs. Jennings
as Margaret Dashwood
as John Willoughby
as Margaret Dashwood
as Lucy Steele
as Sir John Middleton
as Charlotte Palmer
as Mr. Palmer
as Robert Ferrars
as Mr. Dashwood
as Miss Grey
as Doctor Harris
as Mrs. Bunting
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Critic Reviews for Sense and Sensibility
Thompson's script manages the neat trick of preserving the necessary niceties and decorum of civilized behavior of the time while still cutting to the dramatic quick.
I can't say I remembered this 1995 feature too clearly a couple of days later; but I certainly had a good time as I watched it.
Thompson and Winslet give fine performances ably supported by the rest of the ensemble.
The sensibility may be a bit off, but there is more than enough sense involved in this mid-Atlantic Austen to make up the difference.
Audience Reviews for Sense and Sensibility
A faithful adaptation, especially in tone, of Austen's enjoyable novel. Even though not a remarkable story, it benefits mostly from great performances by Thompson and Winslet, in a visually enchanting period drama that combines well romance and humor.
This is a beautiful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, starring a bunch of beautiful and brilliant actors and actresses. Having read the book, I don't think this movie left much out. So, if you're a fan, don't worry, and see this movie.
Ang Lee made this? Talk about being a jack of all genres. I mean, it's certainly not every director who can make the jump from this to such a completely dissimiliar movie as Hulk, and yet maintain a good overall quality. Anyway, a certain friend of mine here on Flixter (you know who you are lol) will probably give me the evil eye for saying this, but I must admit that I've never read a single novel by Jane Austen, so this was all very new to me. Lee's directing is pretty solid and as were most other elements of the film, but unfortunately the story was way too chick-flickish for my taste. There wasn't a whole lot going on and I can't say I was much on all the uptight formalities in the dialogue and acting. Being a period piece though I suppose it comes with the territory. All in all, a fairly good movie with some nice performances by its radiant cast. I was just hoping it would be a bit more than an average drama.
Sense and Sensibility Quotes
|Marianne Dashwood:||Do you compare your conduct with his? No. I compare it with what it ought to have been; I compare it with yours.|
|Marianne Dashwood:||Fanny wishes to know where the key to the silver cabinet is kept.|
|Elinor Dashwood:||Betsy has it I think. What does Fanny want with the silver?|
|Marianne Dashwood:||One can only presume she wants to count it! What are you doing?|
|Marianne Dashwood:||Presents for the servants. Have you seen Margaret by the way? I'm worried about her, she's taking to hiding in the oddest places.|
|Marianne Dashwood:||Fortunate girl. At least she can escape Fanny, which is more than any of us is able.|
|Elinor Dashwood:||You do your best. You've not said a word to her for a week.|
|Marianne Dashwood:||I have. I've said, 'Yes' and 'No'.|
|Colonel Brandon:||Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad.|
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