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Jane Austen's 'Emma' (1996)

Jane Austen's 'Emma' (1996)

Jane Austen's 'Emma'





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Emma Wodehouse, a precocious young woman living the aristocratic lifestyle in a British village circa 1850, is notorious for her obstinate opinions, social charm, and general agreeableness. Emma's well-meaning attempts to control every facet of her social circle begin to cause as much heartache as joy, especially when it involves matters of her own heart.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 1999
A&E Television Networks


Kate Beckinsale
as Emma Woodhouse
Mark Strong (II)
as Mr. Knightley
Bernard Hepton
as Mr. Woodhouse
Samantha Morton
as Harriet Smith
Samantha Bond
as Mrs. Weston
James Hazeldine
as Mr. Weston
Dominic Rowan
as Mr. Elton
Prunella Scales
as Miss Bates
Olivia Williams
as Miss Jane Fairfax
Raymond Coulthard
as Frank Churchill
Lucy Robinson
as Mrs. Elton
Sylvia Barter
as Mrs. Bates
Dido Miles
as Isabella Knightly
Alistair Petrie
as Robert Martin
Mark Strong
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

Super Reviewer


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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