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Sense and Sensibility

7.72 h 16 min1996X-RayU
Devoted sisters Elinor and Marianne are forced by tragic circumstances to set about the delicate task of finding suitable husbands. Marianne, with her passionate hunger for emotional experience, falls for the handsome, dashing but heartless John Willoughby. The outwardly collected Elinor is in love with Edward Ferrars, who is himself entangled with the sly and avaricious Lucy Steele. Amidst dis..
Ang Lee
Emma ThompsonAlan RickmanKate Winslet
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Hugh GrantJames FleetTom WilkinsonGemma JonesEmilie FrancoisElizabeth Spriggs
Lindsay Doran
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4.7 out of 5 stars

4004 global ratings

  1. 80% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
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L. TaitReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Tale Of Two Sisters!
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I remember this film when it was originally released, because I went to see it with my family. Something of a rare experience considering the advances in technology, what with streaming and all. It follows the fortunes of the Dashwood family,(three daughters and their mother), who find their lives turned upside down when their father passes away, and their home is inherited by his son from a previous marriage, by law. Before they move to a cottage in Devonshire, owned by a relative, Eleanor Dashwood (Emma Thompson) meets Edward, and it is clear that they are getting along like a house on fire, but Fanny (Edward's sister) disapproves of the match. The younger Dashwood sister, Marianne (Kate Winslet) meets the dashing Willoughby (Greg Wise), and immediately falls head over heels in love with him, but she also catches the eye of Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). Through a series of trials, tribulations, and crossed wires, in the old Jane Austen tradition, the two sisters eventually find their happy ever after. I agree with another reviewer that I think some of the cast were indeed too old for the parts they were playing, but it's a very good film in spite of that. At the end of the film, when we were in the cinema, the audience booed the 'bad guy.' Like we were at a pantomime! I won't say who! But it's definitely worth a look!
7 people found this helpful
hamptoncherryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad, not quite four stars though.
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A while ago I thought this was a wonderful screen version of Austen's story. Until I saw BBC's three part drama of the same name. Fair enough, it is more difficult to put everything important in a single film, a three part version allows more time to develop the tale. I just feel the cast in BBC version was better and it was more authentic, plus music was superb. BBC's Eleanor comes across as more complex and deep down more feeling. BBC's Edward is also more lively. BBC's Colonel Brandon is simply unbeatable, however Alan Rickman was great in this role too. Marianne is superb in both versions, Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Dashwood are better in BBC's. In the end I found I can watch BBC S&S endlessly, while I can't say the same about Emma Thomson's story. Having said this the movie is a pretty decent chance to acquaint oneself with Jane Austen's classic.
3 people found this helpful
Village IdiotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful film
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This is a great adaptation of Jane Austen's book. Everything about it is excellent. The actors and locations, and the direction are of the best. If Jane Austen had not written books, she would have been quite poor. Her legacy to us is a treasure trove of great wit and observation of the life around her. She wrote about what she knew and the life she lived and painted characters so finely - family relationships, prosperity, genteel poverty, honourable love and what happens if you step outside the accepted norms of Society. This film is part of that treasure trove.
tinkerbellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect for Jane Austen fans
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I am a huge Jane Austen fan and loved this production. Emma Thompson was excellent but, as loads of people have pointed out, she was too old for the role. Alan Rickman was, naturally, divine! Definitely worth buying, I have watched it loads of times.

I love this version equally with the later longer tv production.
2 people found this helpful
J. Scott-mandevilleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A winning story with a wonderful cast
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Charm, sensibility, peppered with sense and marvellous acting, a starry cast topped by Emma Thompson simply wonderful as Eleanor, so well supported by a pretty, light-hearted Kate Winslet as Marianne and a lovely turn as their mother from Gemma Jones. Hugh Grant is suitably clever and witty beneath a shy demeanour - a turn out of his usual romantic style! - and Alan Rickman is also clever and shy but totally different, as Marianne's suitor, competing with Greg Wise who captures and breaks Marianne's heart.

This is the best version of Austen's novel and a simply super film. Every scene captivates whether it is waspish Harriet Walter, married to the girls' stepbrother (James Fleet) pontificating, or Robert Hardy and Elizabeth Spriggs as the jovial cousin and his stepmother, who offer the almost destitute Dashwoods a home in Devon, who bring fun and games and humour to the playing out of the story.

I love this film and Emma Thompson's witty, lively script well won its Oscar. Recommended highly.
9 people found this helpful
jennifer howellsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Brilliant adaption if sense and sensibility in fact the best. Not a great fan of Hugh Grant I could have picked someone a little more dashing but all the actors were brill especially Alan Rickman as col Brandon wonderful film
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smileyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Modern take on this classic
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If you like Jane Austen but are happy to see her work modernised, then this would be for you, If you are a bit of a 'stickler' for authenticity then perhaps go for the slightly older version by the BBC. The actors are all on top form and it is especially nice to see Alan Rickman at close to his best. Packaging was in ?Polish but no problem with disc which was set in English.
K. BywaterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 April 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Emma Thompson's Finest Hour
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It's got romance, heartbreak and top class acting from a top class cast of British actors. Emma Thompson deserves every praise for bringing this adaptation of Jane Austen's novel alive. Having read the book, it's not that different, it just misses out a lot of fancy words and simplifies it somewhat. Emma plays Eleanor Dashwood, who along with her mother (Gemma Jones) and two other sisters, Marianne and Margaret are somewhat forced to leave the family home following the death of their father and the home passing from their father to his eldest son, John (James Fleet) from a previous marriage. To cut a long story short...Both Eleanor and Marianne fall in love and deal with it in very separate ways, Eleanor being the 'sense' whilst Marianne is the 'sensibility'! Both sisters finally emerge triumphant but not before they endure their own personal heartaches.
Beautifully filmed with fantastic locations and a gorgeous soundtrack. If you like Pride and Predjudice and the Catherine Cookson adaptations, you will love this film. And if you haven't snivelled even a little by the end of it, you must have a heart made of stone!!
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