Directed By: Roger Michell Starring: Corin Redgrave

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by Shirley Wisenburg on 3/6/2008

Liked the characters and plot.

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Seven years after their breakup, a spinster and an impoverished sailor attempt to rekindle their aborted romance. Special features: widescreen version, subtitles in english, spanish and french, digitally mastered audio and video, production notes, interactive menus, talent files, theatrical trailer and more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40130099
UPC 043396039520
UPC 14 00043396039520
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
Rating Rating
Love Story
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A lavish BBC production of Jane Austen's 1818 love story of an English officer pursuing the woman he loves through youthful rejection, long estrangement, and eventual, glorious reconciliation.
Plot Summary
Summary A prodigal baronet, the widowed Sir Walter Elliot lives with his daughters Anne and Elizabeth at Kellynch Hall. Anne, the younger of Elliot's unmarried offspring, is a comely, dutiful woman but a deeply melancholy soul. She's been heartbroken ever since Lady Russell, a trusted family friend, persuaded Anne to refuse the marriage proposal of naval officer Frederick Wentworth on account of his lack of fortune. | Finding himself on the brink of financial ruin, Sir Walter Elliot rents out Kellynch Hall while he and the girls vacation at Bath. An ironic twist of fate brings the now wealthy Captain Wentworth and his relatives to the Elliot estate as seasonal tenants. So, Anne's beloved Frederick Wentworth enters her world once more. But there's no certainty love will bloom again.
Premiere "...An engaging adaptation..." 04/01/1996 p.130
Rolling Stone "...Gorgeously directed, written and acted....A sharply witty, touching and vital romance..." 10/19/1995 p.158
Entertainment Weekly "...Witty and suspenseful, this PERSUASION is enthralling." -- Rating: A- 10/20/1995 pp.48-9
Variety "...[The film] carries a genuinely heady adrenaline rush....Root is terrific..." 05/29/1995
Los Angeles Times "...Literate, sophisticated, bitingly funny, it's a Cinderella romance so delicious you want it never to end..." 10/06/1995 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Michell's direction is] like a matter-of-fact record of the events under study. In that he reflects Austen's tone. The details are right..." 10/27/1995 p.34
Roger Michell
Corin Redgrave
Cast & Crew
Amanda Root - Actor
Ciaran Hinds - Actor
Corin Redgrave - Actor
Fiona Shaw - Actor
Phoebe Nicholls - Actor
Samuel West - Actor
Susan Fleetwood - Actor
Jane Austen - Based on Novel By
Roger Michell - Director
John Daly - Director of Photography
Jeremy Sams - Musical Score
Fiona Finlay - Producer
Nick Dear - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 03952
UPC 00043396039520
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource USA Today
Review ...the unknown cast combines with naturally lit interiors and overall lack of cosmetic prettification to convince us that we really are snooping on the early 19th century.
Reviewer Mike Clark
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review ...cinematic faithfulness to classic novels is not a dead art. Not only does Persuasion remain true to Austen's story, but Nick Dear's script, as brought to the screen by director Roger Michell, conveys a sense of atmosphere and "feeling" that a less-adept adaptation might lose... Persuasion has far greater depth than any dime store soap opera. The movie offers not only keen insights on the lasting, and agonizing, effects of love, but explores the theme of consequences... Its faithfulness to the source material results in a few slow spots, but Persuasion is nevertheless fine entertainment. And, at a time when most love stories involve copious displays of skin, it's a rare pleasure to see so much emotion brought to the screen by a single kiss.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Box Office Magazine
Review Royal Shakespearean actress Root gives a commanding performance in her debut film role as the timid Anne. Likewise, Corin Redgrave is scorchingly snide as her widowed father, and Kevin Costner lookalike Hinds soulfully portrays a man spurned by love. This is a movie that should be seen more than once, due to the richness of the film and colorful historical period. The use of operatic and classical scoring, gorgeous visuals of the English countryside, elaborate costumes and vivid portrayal of the English aristocracy, with all its pretensions and biases, lend authenticity to the film... Persuasion is a truly enjoyable film that captures the time period in an amusing, revealing manner...
Reviewer Pat Kramer
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review There's a wonderful, unhurried delicacy about Persuasion, Roger Michell's adaptation of Jane Austen's final novel. It's as if everyone concerned with the production knows that, if given time and patience, Austen's genius will emerge. Thanks to assured performances, exacting direction and, of course, inspired writing, it does, in subtle, glorious ways... What's great about Persuasion is that the central love affair is not the only course. There's a bevy of side dishes to savor, which would take at least two viewings to completely savor.
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Root,Amanda
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up!
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle ...charm and real punch...
Daphne Davis, Movies & Videos Takes your breath away! A dazzling five-star feast.
Time Magazine The best picture of the year.

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