This is my absolute favorite Jane Austen adaptation! Not only does it has a script incredibly faithful to the novel but the characters and scenes move and play out exactly like Regency England.
Summary: In 1814 England, 27-year old Anne Elliot lives an oppressive life with her father, Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall, and her elder sister Elizabeth, both of whom are incurable snobs. Eight and a half years ago, Anne been persuaded to refuse an offer of marriage from the man she loved, a young naval officer of no position or fortune. Now, after the Napoleonic wars, Captain Wentworth has gained both rank and money, and chance has thrown them together again. Anne finds herself confronted with thoughts of might-have-been as she watches Wentworth court her brother-in-law's sister, Louisa. But an accident causes Wentworth to realize whom he truly cares for, and he follows Anne to Bath. But her cousin William (the heir to Kellynch Hall) is also pursuing her and is rumored to be engaged to Anne. And she must overcome this last obstacle before she can persuade Captain Wentworth as to the true nature of her affections.
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Script: Nick Dear
Directed by: Roger Michell
Produced by: Rebecca Eaton
Length: Approximately 107 minutes
Release Date: 27 September 1995
Costume Designers: Alexandra Byrne
Soundtrack Composer: Jeremy Sams
Amanda Root as Anne Elliot
Ciarán Hinds as Captain Frederick Wentworth
Susan Fleetwood as Lady Russell
Corin Redgrave as Sir Walter Elliot
Phoebe Nicholls as Elizabeth Elliot
Felicity Dean as Mrs. Clay
Samuel West as Mr. Elliot
Sophie Thompson as Mary Musgrove
Simon Russell Beale as Charles Musgrove
Judy Cornwell as Mrs. Musgrove
Roger Hammond as Mr. Musgrove
Emma Roberts as Louisa Musgrove
Victoria Hamilton as Henrietta Musgrove
Isaac Maxwell-Hunt as Henry Hayter
Fiona Shaw as Mrs. Croft
John Woodvine as Admiral Croft
Robert Glenister as Captain Harvile
Sally George as Mrs. Harville
Richard McCabe as Captain Benwick
Helen Schlesinger as Mrs. Smith
Jane Wood as Nurse Rooke
David Collings as Mr. Shepherd
Darlene Johnson as Lady Dalrymple
Cinnamon Faye as Miss Carteret
David Plummer as Apothecary
Tom Rigby as Little Charles
Alex Wilman as Little Walter
Rosa Mannion as Concert Opera Singer
- Mr. Shepherd: Women without children are the very best preservers of furniture.
- Lady Russell: He had no fortune, no connections. It was entirely prudent of you to reject him.
- Sir Walter Elliot: I strongly object to the Navy. It brings people of obscure birth into undue distinction and it cuts up a man's youth and vigor most horribly!
- Anne Elliot: You presume to know me very well, Mr Elliot.
Mr. Elliot: In my heart I know you intimately.
- Mr Elliot: Have you thought any more about my offer?
Anne: What offer was that?
Mr Elliot: My offer to flatter and adore you all the days of your life.
Anne: I haven't had a moment, Mr Elliot, to turn my mind to it.
- Henrietta Musgrove: Louisa is grown so severe, Mama, I wonder she shall want a ribbon in her hair at all. Give her a book of verse to hold instead!
- Mary Musgrove: It is so uncomfortable not having a carriage of one's own.
- Anne Elliot: Are you here for the concert?
Captain Wentworth: No, I am here for a lecture on navigation. Am I in the wrong place?
- Sir Walter Elliot: Anne? You want to marry Anne? Whatever for?
- Sir Walter Elliot: I am happy to have you with us, Anne. You will make a fourth at dinner and that must be deemed an advantage.
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Trailers & Clips:
Masterpiece Theatre Promo
My Music Videos:
Playlist (videos will play in order):
Persuasion Themes - At Kellynch & Uppercross
Persuasion Themes - At Lyme
Persuasion Themes - In Bath
Persuasion Themes - Pianoforte & Harp
Persuasion Themes - Opera
Persuasion - Marry Anne Clip