Sense and Sensibility

  • U
  • Ang Lee (1995)
  • US
  • 130 min
Sense and Sensibility
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Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

The decision to hire Taiwan's Ang Lee to direct this adaptation of Jane Austen's first novel was truly inspired. Avoiding the chocolate-box visuals that cheapen so many British costume dramas, Lee brings a refreshing period realism to the tale of two sisters that allows Emma Thompson's respectful Oscar-winning script to flourish. Kate Winslet's spirited Marianne is the stand-out performance in a solid display of ensemble acting, but the mystery remains why Lee, who is the first director to win Berlin's Golden Bear twice, was not among the film's seven Oscar nominations.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning period romantic drama, based on the novel by Jane Austen. Emma Thompson writes and stars with Kate Winslet in the story of the Dashwood sisters, who are disinherited following the death of their father and find that their reduced circumstances have an adverse effect on their romantic aspirations.

Cast and crew


Elinor Dashwood
Emma Thompson
Marianne Dashwood
Kate Winslet
Colonel Brandon
Alan Rickman
Edward Ferrars
Hugh Grant
John Willoughby
Greg Wise
Mrs Dashwood
Gemma Jones
Lucy Steele
Imogen Stubbs
Mrs Jennings
Elizabeth Spriggs
Mr Dashwood
Tom Wilkinson
Fanny Dashwood
Harriet Walter
John Dashwood
James Fleet
Margaret Dashwood
Emilie François
Sir John Middleton
Robert Hardy
Charlotte Palmer
Imelda Staunton
Mr Palmer
Hugh Laurie
Robert Ferrars
Richard Lumsden


Ang Lee

Other Information

Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U