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Persuasion (1995)

Director: Roger Michell     Starring: Corin Redgrave
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40130099
UPC: 043396039520
UPC 14: 00043396039520
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"Two thumbs up!  Siskel & Ebert
"...charm and real punch...  Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Takes your breath away! A dazzling five-star feast.  Daphne Davis, Movies & Videos
"The best picture of the year.  Time Magazine

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/6/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1995
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 03952
Video UPC UPC: 00043396039520
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.66:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Amanda Root
Video Cast Info Ciaran Hinds
Video Cast Info Corin Redgrave
Video Cast Info Fiona Shaw
Video Cast Info Phoebe Nicholls
Video Cast Info Samuel West
Video Cast Info Susan Fleetwood
Video Cast Info Jane Austen - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Roger Michell - Director
Video Cast Info John Daly - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jeremy Sams - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Fiona Finlay - Producer
Video Cast Info Nick Dear - Screenplay
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

"...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

"...[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

USA Today 6 of 10
...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. - Mike Clark

ReelViews 8 of 10
...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. - James Berardinelli

Box Office Magazine 7 of 10
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... - Pat Kramer

Washington Post 8 of 10
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. - Desson Howe

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Root,Amanda
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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