Sense and Sensibility

Directed By: Ang Lee Starring: Emma Thompson Kate Winslet

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This is a wonderful British romantic comedy starring everyone's favorite HUGH GRANT. This film is moving and wonderful and has a totally happy ending. I highly recommend it!

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by Mike Bliss; on 8/1/1999

This is a wonderful British romantic comedy starring everyone's favorite HUGH GRANT. This film is moving and wonderful and has a totally happy ending. I highly recommend it!

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A New Classic

by Steve Giljum on 8/20/1999

An superb film based upon the Jane Austen novel. The screen play was written by Emma Thompson who also played the central character in the film. Also stared, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and Kate Winslet. This is a very good adaptation with a wonderful story line: a mother and her daughters make their way in the world after their father dies. Emma Thompson is wonderful in this roll; Hugh Grant portrays his usual fumbling Brit to a tee; Kate Winslet, a very emotional passionate young woman in a very stodgy unemotional country. Pay very close attention to Alan Rickman, this is without a doubt one of his best performances. His portrayal of the Colonel Brandon is such a noble and endearing character that he makes some of the other characters look wooden by comparison. If you like a British romantic drama, it does not get much better.

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Oscar-winning adaptation of jane austen's captivating and spirited romance. Special features: widescreen version, deleted scenes, subtitles: english, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean, thai, theatrical trailer, emma thompson and producer commentary, ang lee and co-producer commentary and much more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40115078
UPC 043396115996
UPC 14 00043396115996
Format DVD
Release Date 11/1/2005
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Family Interaction
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Actress Emma Thompson both wrote and stars in this adaptation of Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY--a novel that perceptively examines the social manners and laws of early-19th-century Britain. Set in the English countryside, the film follows the loves and heartaches of sisters Elinor (Thompson) and Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet). The two have extremely divergent approaches to life: Elinor represents "sense" and believes in behaving with propriety and thoughtfulness, while Marianne represents "sensibility" and basks in her own emotions. Both women, however, experience confusion when their lovers, seemingly on the verge of proposing marriage, spurn them. ^For director Ang Lee, the film marks a break from his Father Knows Best trilogy, which examined the problems of the contemporary Taiwanese family. Many people questioned whether an Asian director could handle an English period film. Lee answered those questions with a gorgeous film that both captures the nuances of Austen's novel and proves that Lee is a first-rate director capable of tackling any material. Featuring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, among others, the stellar cast inspired Lee to flatteringly exclaim, "Can everyone in England act?"
Plot Summary
Summary Director Ang Lee and screenwriter-actress Emma Thompson bring Jane Austen's 1811 novel about the romantic dalliances of two sisters in rural England to the screen in this acclaimed film.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds/ Or bends with the remover to remove:/ O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark/ That looks on tempests and is never shaken."--Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet) quoting Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116"
Quote "Piracy is our only option."--Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) to Elinor Dashwood (Emma Thompson)
Quote "Is love a fancy or a feeling? Or a Ferrars?"--Marianne to Elinor
Premiere "...Inspired....Wickedly irreverent sense of visual comedy..." 12/01/1995 pp.35-6
Rolling Stone "...A terrifically entertaining and incisively acted film of Jane Austen's first novel....Thompson gives a marvelous performance to match the elegant fire of her writing..." 12/28/1995 p.139
Sight and Sound "...Enjoyable..." 03/01/1996 p.50-1
Entertainment Weekly "...Lushly engaging....Luminously brings to life Austen's vision..." -- Rating: B 01/19/1996 p.40
Variety "...Witty and rollicking....Rickman is unexpectedly moving....Jones quietly impresses....Francois is utterly winning..." 12/04/1995
Los Angeles Times "...Proof to any doubters of the resilience and continuing emotional power of an author who began writing 200 years ago..." 12/13/1995 p.F1
Ang Lee
Emma Thompson
Kate Winslet
Cast & Crew
Alan Rickman - Actor
Emma Thompson - Actor
Gemma Jones - Actor
Hugh Grant - Actor
Kate Winslet - Actor
Tom Wilkinson - Actor
Jane Austen - Based on Novel By
Ang Lee - Director
Michael Coulter - Director of Photography
Sydney Pollack - Executive Producer
Patrick Doyle - Musical Score
Lindsay Doran - Producer
James Schamus - Producer
Emma Thompson - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 11599
UPC 00043396115996
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 137 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese, Mandarin
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1996) Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress,Kate Winslet, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Emma Thompson, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium,Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Kate Winslet, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Lindsay Doran, Nominee, Best Picture,Michael Coulter, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Patrick Doyle, Nominee, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Golden Globe (1996) Emma Thompson, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Sense and Sensibility, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama
British Academy Awards (1996) Emma Thompson, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Kate Winslet, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Lindsay Doran, Ang Lee, Winner, Best Film
Screen Actors Guild (1996) Kate Winslet, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource Sneak Previews
Review 4 stars. A gorgeous and glorious triumph. Wonderfully witty, stunningly beautiful, and richly satisfying...anyone with either sense or sensibility will recognize that this is one of the finest films of the year!
Reviewer Michael Medved
ReviewRating 0
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review One of the 10 best pictures of the year. Georgous filmmaking. A terrifically entertaining and incisively acted film... Thompson gives a marvelous performance to match the elegant fire of her writing. Kate Winslet is stunningly good.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 0
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's a curious thing that the best 1995 adaptation of a Jane Austen book happens to be of her worst novel. Sense and Sensibility was the author's first published work and, as is often the case with early writing efforts, displays an undeniable shallowness: themes are half-developed, characterization is uneven, and plotting follows a predictable straight-forwardness. Austen's later books, including Persuasion, which was developed into a wonderfully sumptuous film earlier this year, and Emma, which received unusual treatment in Clueless, plumb the human soul far more deeply, creating characters and situations of greater versatility and vitality...The novel's flaws guarantee that Sense and Sensibility cannot be a perfect motion picture, but it would be difficult, I think, to do much better with the material than Emma Thompson and director Ang Lee (Eat Drink Man Woman) have here. With more Jane Austen on the way (versions of Pride and Prejudice and Emma), it's still too early to say which adaptation will stand out as the best, but Sense and Sensibility makes a strong case.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Sense and Sensibility" is an enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied. I liked the wit, I liked the charm of the actors, I enjoyed the way that Rickman chewed his role as if he wanted to make it last, and the tension when Grant's Edward is made to suffer - particularly since he appears to be a cad only because he has tried to do the right thing. And I appreciated the way Thompson's Elinor kept her character's face carefully expressionless as she negotiated scenes in which some knew her secrets and others did not...Yet the film is not told as tightly or as well as "Persuasion," the wonderful Austen adaptation released earlier in 1995. Austen was not yet a great novelist when she wrote this story, and there is too much contrivance in the way she dispatches her men to London when she is done with them. Edward is offscreen so long that instead of growing concerned about his absence, we forget him...The production suffers from comparison with "Persuasion" because the earlier film looked simpler and more authentic, and this one seems a little too idealized; we want note paper, not picture postcards. "Sense and Sensibility" is entertaining and amusing, but "Persuasion" is the one true Jane Austen lovers will prefer.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Thompson,Emma
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Elaine Blythe, Film Advisory Board A definite must-see...
Jack Kroll, Newsday Brilliant.
Bruce Reed, Funny, expansive, and a delight to spend company with.
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor ...fetchingly photographed and capably acted by Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant...
Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter...
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle absorbing, delightful, and nuanced movie.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle exuberant, well-crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over.
Richard Schickel, Time ...a vast range of richly developed, gorgeously played characters...

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