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Jane Austen's 'Emma' (1996)

Jane Austen's 'Emma' (1996)





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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.

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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
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Blech! Kate Beckinsale is a passable Emma, but the man who plays Mr. Knightly is terrible!! How can Emma stand being constantly berated by him? "Badly done!"

Leah Pearce
Leah Pearce

I liked the Gwyneth Paltrow version better. The good thing about this version, however, is that it gives a little more explanation of the plot for those who haven't read the book. I also liked the actors better in the other version than this one. You could tell Kate Beckinsale wasn't very experienced at this point. Samantha Morton was pretty good, though! I never imagined her in period pieces.

Patricia Ferreras
Patricia Ferreras

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.

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