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Release Date: 1995

DVD Release Date: August 24th, 1999

PG|2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary
When Elinor Dashwood's (Emma Thompson) father dies, her family's finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor's sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) is torn between the handsome John Willoughby (Greg Wise) and the older Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). Meanwhile, Elinor's romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change.

Cast: Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Harriet Walter, Gemma Jones, Elizabeth Spriggs

Director: Ang Lee

Genres: Romance, Comedy drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Witty, Love, Sister, London, Relationships, Charming, Heartwarming, England

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Unlike so many other movies of literary provenance, it is clear from the start that this one is going to be entertainment, not homework. Lee serves up this sweetmeat without fuss, without the super-seriousness of filmmakers awed by their literary material. show more

  • It's an exuberant, well- crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over. show more

  • Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity. show more

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Awards

Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)