Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Ang Lee (1995)

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Our Score
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.


An impoverished family is taken in by a relative - and while sensible elder daughter Elinor's love for the sensitive Edward Ferrars meets with disapproval from his family, her more passionate younger sister Marianne engages in a disastrous romance with an infamous womaniser. Period drama based on Jane Austen's novel, directed by Ang Lee and starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant.

Cast & 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
Director Ang Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray