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Sense and Sensibility

  • Drama
  • 1995
  • Ang Lee
  • 130 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Elinor DashwoodEmma Thompson
Marianne DashwoodKate Winslet
Colonel BrandonAlan Rickman
Edward FerrarsHugh Grant
John WilloughbyGreg Wise
Mrs DashwoodGemma Jones
Lucy SteeleImogen Stubbs
Mrs JenningsElizabeth Spriggs
Mr DashwoodTom Wilkinson
Fanny DashwoodHarriet Walter
John DashwoodJames Fleet
Margaret DashwoodEmilie François
Sir John MiddletonRobert Hardy
Charlotte PalmerImelda Staunton
Mr PalmerHugh Laurie
Robert FerrarsRichard Lumsden

Crew

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DirectorAng Lee

Details

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