Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

DVD - 1999
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Tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1999].
Edition: Widescreen Special ed.
ISBN: 9780800141660
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA SENS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (136 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 29, 2018

Actress Emma Thompson spent five years writing the script for this film adaptation of a Jane Austin novel. Emma Thompson then stars in this tale of a young woman thinking she has found a suitable mate, who for some unknown reason disappears from her life. Thomson's character is quite stoic about her loss, yet we see signs of crushing sadness. This seeming act of betrayal and loss seems to occur with other young women. This is often a pattern for young British women of her class and her century.

SPPL_Violet Mar 21, 2018

This adaptation has a special place in my heart. Emma Thompson is a kween.

Mar 14, 2018

What a beautiful adaptation! Emma Thompson wrote a lovely script and the acting is wonderful. And anything that let Alan Rickman be heroic is good in my book. This is also the one movie where I find Hugh Grant truly tolerable.

Feb 27, 2018

I love this movie, so relaxing and romantic. The only negative was Hugh Grant, he seems to play so many characters the same; stammering and fluttering his eyes with a perpetually innocent look on his face. That probably works for him in real life but not in every single role he plays.

Nov 08, 2017

I did enjoy this movie even after reading the book. That's rare. Emma Thompson, although an excellent actress was clearly old in her role of Elinor Dashwood. Dashwood is a young woman between 19-21. Thompson was obviously in her mid thirties and could pass for beyond. Thankfully, her portrayal of the steady, practical Elinor helped to reconcile that. Miscasts were strewn all across this film but this was obviously the most glaring. I thought Kate Winslet performance early in her career embodied 'sensibility'. She gave a convincing performance as the blubbering, carefree, Marianne. I recommend this to fans of Austen who even after numerous disappointments, remain curious to see Hollywood's attempts at bringing classic Austen to the screen.

Jul 05, 2017

Abysmal chick flick; "...take away reason and accountability."--Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets.

ArapahoeKati Jun 22, 2017

I have watched this movie more times than I care to admit and I still find it as fresh and delightful as ever. A bright Jane Austen adaptation with its Oscar-winning script penned by "Elinor" herself, Emma Thompson.

Jun 06, 2017

I enjoyed this very much. Well presented. Strong story. Well acted. If you love a non-fiction story using fiction names and places describing what it was like to live late 1800's you will love this story. That is what Jane Austin effectively preserves in her verbatim of the rules of love and the societal class system which existed. It represents what limited options females were allowed in society. Women were unable to follow a career, go to school. Women could only marry to secure their future. They had to try to marry the riches man possible to insure they did not starve or be homeless. The marriage they picked secured the future for their children too. There was no birth control then. If a female risked pregnancy out of wedlock, she was abandoned left to die and so was her child. Thank god, the present society in North American has advanced since then and women have more options.

May 25, 2017

This is the best version of this story. The casting is excellent, the script wonderful, the locations alone worth the viewing. Alan Rickman demonstrates what quiet, caring, truly romantic hero looks like. Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant are well-matched in their portrayals of people who very shy, understated exchanges only magnify their unspoken passions. The hardest parts to play in this story are by Kate Winslet and Patrick Doyle. Marianne is such a shallow, self-idolizing 'Drama Queen', she richly deserves her comeuppance by the self-centered, wealthy-aunt dominated 'Prince Pretty-Boy' played by Patrick Doyle (and - Oh Dear Moses Austin! - is Marianne ever slow on the uptake, still writing over-the-top billets-doux to him after the very public snubbing he gives her in front of everyone at the Great Gala!) Kate Winslet`s enactment of this overdramatic girl made me want to see Elinor haul off and slap her to the floor when Marianne says "Elinor! Have You No Heart(like over-dramatizing me)?" She made me despise Marianna so much that when Alan Rickman`s character proposes then marries her, all I could think was: "He MUST Be A Lapsed Catholic - `CUZ HE SURE IS DOING PENANCE FOR SOMETHING!"

Apr 15, 2017

Emma Thompson delivers an incredible performance, and her script adaptation perfectly matches the tone of the book. Possibly my favorite Jane Austen adaptation.

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Marianne-"I did speak. I said 'yes' and 'no.'"

"How did you find the silver? Was it all genuine?"

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Fanny: "...People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them."

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Mar 28, 2011

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.


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