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Well-acted and absorbing, Persuasion offers a loose Jane Austen adaptation that captures the essence of the author's timeless appeal. Read critic reviews

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As one of three daughters of the wealthy Sir Walter (Corin Redgrave), Anne (Amanda Root) is a privileged but lonely member of the English aristocracy. When her father leaves on a trip, he rents out part of his estate to relatives of Anne's ex-fiancé, Capt. Frederick Wentworth (Ciarán Hinds). Though Anne demurred over the marriage because of Wentworth's poor social standing and connections, he has since become very successful, and when he visits, Anne must confront the life she left behind.

Cast & Crew

Amanda Root
Anne Elliot
Ciarán Hinds
Captain Frederick Wentworth
Susan Fleetwood
Lady Russell
Corin Redgrave
Sir Walter Elliot
Fiona Shaw
Mrs. Croft
John Woodvine
Admiral Croft
Phoebe Nicholls
Elizabeth Elliot
Samuel West
Mr. Elliot
Sophie Thompson
Mary Musgrove
Judy Cornwell
Mrs. Musgrove
Rebecca Eaton
Executive Producer
George Faber
Executive Producer
Jeremy Sams
Original Music
John Daly
Cinematographer
Kate Evans
Film Editor
William Dudley
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Critic Reviews for Persuasion

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  • Sep 08, 2009
    Despite all of the positive reviews, I found this really slow moving and not as enjoyable as most of the other Jane Austen adaptations.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2008
    File this under films-that-deserve-better-reviews-than-I'm-giving them. I liked it, but I just couldn't get behind it. Persuasion is a mature Jane Austen film, more subdued and grown-up than Pride and Prejudice. The camera work is decidedly unstuffy at certain points. Also refreashing: Amanda Root in the main role. Unlike the conventionally pretty Gwenyth Paltrow and Keira Knightly, she a woman of modest looks (which is actually better for the source material). Austen heroines are never knockouts; they're clever feminists who don't quite belong in their surroundings. But more to the point, Amanda Root carries the film with the sorrow of her eyes, alone. She's perfection.
    Joey N Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2007
    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 X Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2007
    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

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