Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sense & Sensibility (1995)

Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition)
This adaptation by Emma Thompson though it takes several liberties with the novel is just as passionate and witty as Miss Austen's original novel!

Summary: When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and three daughters in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. But this is a romance, and through the hardships and heartbreak, true love and a happy ending will find their way for both the sister who is all sense and the one who is all sensibility.

Script: Emma Thompson
Directed by: Ang Lee
Length: Approximately 136 minutes
Release Date: 13 December 1995
Hair & Make Up Designers: Jan Archibald & Morag Ross
Costume Designers: Jenny Beaven & John Bright
Soundtrack Composer: Patrick Doyle

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Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood

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Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood

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Emilie Fran├žois as Margaret Dashwood

Gemma Jones as Mrs. Dashwood

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Tom Wilkinson as Mr. Henry Dashwood

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James Fleet as John Dashwood

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Harriet Walter as Fanny Ferrars Dashwood

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Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars

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Imogen Stubbs as Lucy Steele

Richard Lumsden as Robert Ferrars

Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs. Jennings

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Robert Hardy as Sir John Middleton

Alan Rickman as Col. Christopher Brandon

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Greg Wise as John Willoughby

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Imelda Staunton as Charlotte Jennings Palmer

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Hugh Laurie as Mr. Palmer

Allan Mitchell as Pigeon

Lone Vidahl as Miss Grey

Oliver Ford Davies as Doctor Harris

Eleanor McCready as Mrs. Bunting

  • Elinor Dashwood: I do not attempt to deny that I think very highly of him - that I greatly esteem him... I like him.
    : Esteem him? Like him? Use those insipid words again and I shall leave the room this instant. 
  • Edward Ferrars: Perhaps Margaret is right. Piracy is our only option. 
  • Fanny: I am the soul of discretion. 
  • Fanny: People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them. 
  • Marianne: Are we never to have a moment's peace? The rent here may be low but I believe we have it on very hard terms. 
    Elinor Dashwood: Mrs Jennings is a wealthy woman with a married daughter, she has nothing to do but marry off everyone else's. 
  • Fanny: Ooh, a cottage! How charming. A little cottage is always very snug. 
  • Elinor Dashwood: Did he tell you he loved you?
    Marianne: Yes... no. Never absolutely. It was everyday implied but never declared. 
  • Edward Ferrars: My heart is, and always will be, yours. 
  • Marianne: And as for you, you have no right, no right at all, to parade your ignorant assumptions...
    Margaret: They're not assumptions, you told me.
    Marianne: I told you nothing. 
  • Sir John Middleton: You know what they're saying. That you've developed a taste for certain company. And why not, say I. A man like you in your prime... she'd be a very fortunate young lady.
    Colonel Brandon: Marianne Dashwood would no sooner think of me than she would of you John.
    Sir John Middleton: Brandon my boy do not think of yourself so meanly.
    Colonel Brandon: And all the better for her. 
  • Marianne: Come, I'm taking you on a walk.
    Margaret: No, I've been on a walk.
    Marianne: You need another.
    Margaret: It's going to rain.
    Marianne: It is NOT going to rain.
    Margaret: You ALWAYS say that, and then it ALWAYS does. 
  • Marianne: Is there any felicity in the world superior to this?
    Margaret: I told you it would rain.
    Marianne: There is some blue sky, let us chase it! 

Links of Interest:

Visit our Sense & Sensiblity 1995 Photo Gallery!

Sense & Sensibility (Eco-Friendly Packaging)
Buy official soundtrack at

Trailers & Clips:

Official Trailer

Emma Thompson Golden Globe 1996 - Emma Thompson got her Golden Globe for Sense & Sensibility screenplay in 1996. Emma gives her speech as if she were Jane Austen. Text of her speech can be found in the Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries.

My Music Videos:

Sense & Sensibility - Short Themes

Sense & Sensiblity - Long Themes


  1. I laughed so hard at Emma Thompson's acceptance speech. To use my new favorite expression: it was spot-on! Was that Kate Winslet at 3:10? It kinda looked like her and and kinda didn't.

  2. Miss Dashwood,
    The face at 3:10 is actress Jane Seymour. But I've no doubt Kate Winslet was there that night, Emma Thompson mentions her by name during her speech and I think looks in her direction.