Saturday, July 9, 2011

Persuasion (1995)

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

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Amanda Root as Anne Elliot

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CiarĂ¡n Hinds as Captain Frederick Wentworth

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Susan Fleetwood as Lady Russell

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Corin Redgrave as Sir Walter Elliot

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Phoebe Nicholls as Elizabeth Elliot

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Felicity Dean as Mrs. Clay

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Samuel West as Mr. Elliot

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Sophie Thompson as Mary Musgrove

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Simon Russell Beale as Charles Musgrove

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Judy Cornwell as Mrs. Musgrove

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Roger Hammond as Mr. Musgrove

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Emma Roberts as Louisa Musgrove

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Victoria Hamilton as Henrietta Musgrove

Isaac Maxwell-Hunt as Henry Hayter

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Fiona Shaw as Mrs. Croft

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John Woodvine as Admiral Croft

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Robert Glenister as Captain Harvile

Sally George as Mrs. Harville

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Richard McCabe as Captain Benwick

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Helen Schlesinger as Mrs. Smith

Jane Wood as Nurse Rooke

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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

1 comment:

  1. I liked the movie a lot, as well. But it is no more faithful than the other adaptations of "Persuasion". I never understood why screenwriter Nick Dear allowed William Elliot to be penniless again. This doesn't make sense. Even if Mr. Elliot had succeeded in marrying Anne and ensuring that Sir Walter does not remarry, he would still be stuck with no fortune, a penniless wife and an estate in serious trouble.