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Persuasion (1995)



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This theatrically released BBC television movie is loosely based on the final novel of Jane Austen. It is set in 1814 when the British navy fleet is returned from fighting the Napoleonic wars. A deeply indebted nobleman, Sir Walter Elliot is forced to lease his estate to Admiral Croft. Among Croft's many friends is the dashing Captain Wentworth who happens to be looking for a suitable wife. Seven years earlier he had been engaged to Elliot's daughter, but on the advice of Lady Russell, he broke it off. Despite that, when he again meets the daughter, it is obvious that she still loves him and the romance gradually picks up where it left off, and the wounds between the two are slowly healed.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Dear
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Amanda Root
as Anne Elliot
Ciarán Hinds
as Capt. Wentworth
Sophie Thompson
as Mary Musgrove
Corin Redgrave
as Sir Walter Elliot
Felicity Dean
as Mrs. Clay
Susan Fleetwood
as Lady Russell
Samuel West
as Mr. Elliot
Phoebe Nicholls
as Elizabeth Elliot
Fiona Shaw
as Mrs. Croft
Emma Roberts
as Louisa Musgrove
John Woodvine
as Admiral Croft
Judy Cornwell
as Mrs. Musgrove
Simon Russell Beale
as Charles Musgrove
Roger Hammond
as Mr. Musgrove
Victoria Hamilton
as Henrietta Musgrove
Robert Glenister
as Captain Harville
Richard McCabe
as Captain Benwick
Jane Wood
as Nurse Rooke
David Collings
as Mr. Shepherd
Darlene Johnson
as Lady Dalrymple
Cinnamon Faye
as Miss Carteret
Isaac Maxwell-Hunt
as Henry Havter
Roger Llewellyn
as Sir Henry Willoughby
Sally George
as Mrs. Harville
David Acton
as Naval Officer
Justin Avoth
as Naval Officer
Roger Watkins
as Landlord
David Plummer
as Apothecary
Bill McGuirk
as Tradesman
Niall Refoy
as Tradesman
Ken Shorter
as Lady Dalrymple's But...
Tom Rigby
as Little Charles
Alex Wilman
as Little Walter
Rosa Mannion
as Concert Opera Singer
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Critic Reviews for Persuasion

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

The film offers the same pleasures as an Austen novel, as the audience sinks into a comforting, orderly world where life-shattering disruptions are handled with elegant ease.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Austen fans: Prepare to be swept away.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Much of the movie's emotional work has to be done by...faces and eyes, while other people speak of other things, and to see that happening is frustrating, because it happens so slowly, and romantic, because it happens at all.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Persuasion is Jane without pain, E-Z Austen. It's a delight.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Vanessa Redgrave has never been more likable on screen than in her buoyantly athletic turn here.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

There's a wonderful, unhurried delicacy about Persuasion, Roger Mitchell's adaptation of Jane Austen's final novel.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Persuasion

this movie affirms why i love jane austen so much. every little piece of information is an exceptionally juicy piece of gossip. marriage proposals are quickly offered and accepted/rejected. one can dwell on a rejection for many years and never get over it. because the time periods restricts and frowns upon blatant displays of affection, feelings of love must be identified with subtle nuances, such as a look, a word, or a letter. this movie is exceedingly romantic and i lived vicariously through anne. i felt the little heartaches she went through as wentworth callously ignored her. i felt the little jolt of shock as she discovered mr. elliot's true intentions. and my heart caught in my throat as she read the all-revealing letter from wentworth. this movie is a beautiful work of art that both pokes fun at the pretensions of nobility and also contains one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful love stories of all time. (my one complaint: all the characters are not very attractive. i thought mr. elliot was the only decently goodlooking person in the entire movie. anne's sisters were also quite pretty, but i quite disliked them so they don't matter.)

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

The romance in this film could never be equaled. Anne and Wentworth are characters that are not to be forgotten in this amazing adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"Persuasion" starts just after Napoleon's defeat in 1814. Naval officers are returning after years at sea. One of those naval officers is Captain Frederick Wentworth(Ciaran Hinds) who eight years before had been rejected by Anne Elliott(Amanda Root) a kind young woman who acted on advice from Lady Russell. At the time he was a young naval officer with little prospects but he has returned a captain and is now quite wealthy.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]"Persuasion" is about listening to one's own heart and seizing the opportunity when it presents itself. It is also a subtle satire on the class structure of England in the early 19th century. For example, Sir Walter Elliott is snobbish towards the returning naval officers who are actually much more wealthy than he is and are also much more noble. What happens may be considered, as most things written by Jane Austen, quite predictable but the performances by the two leads are quite excellent and make the movie worthwhile. [/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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