Emma (1996)






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In this made-for-TV adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Emma Woodhouse (Kate Beckinsale) is a clever young woman from a wealthy family who fancies herself a matchmaker and tries to find a husband for her shy friend Harriet (Samantha Morton). However, Emma's skills in bringing romances together are not all she imagines them to be, which causes no small annoyance for Harriet. What's more, Emma's interest in the affairs of others nearly causes her to miss out on the love of her life. This … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 1999



as Emma Woodhouse

as Mr. Knightley

as Mr. Woodhouse

as Harriet Smith

as Mrs. Weston

as Mr. Weston

as Mr. Elton

as Miss Bates

as Miss Jane Fairfax

as Frank Churchill

as Mrs. Elton

as Mr. Knightley
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A mere patch on the Gwyneth Paltrow version of the story, where that take on the story got everything right this one gets it all pretty much wrong. This Emma is more of a blank slate and churlish, none of the other characters are as vivid either although Mark Strong is an interesting Mr. Knightly but not enough to make up for the other shortcomings. Regrettably flat.

jay nixon

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This one is the Kate Beckinsale version which was released the same year in the one Paltrow starred in. I must say that this is a much better version of the story though clearly with a lower-budget. The other version has a more modern-ish look to it that would've made this one the perfect adaptation of the novel.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I chose to watch this version first because for some reason I'm not drawn to watch Gwenyth Paltrow's Emma. Kate's portrayal was good. She seemed to play the immaturity card very well and her character was quite annoying at times but mostly I wanted to see Mark Strong's performance and I believe he delivered nicely. The supporting cast was a good fit also.

sloopy chicken lips (aka Cynthia)

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