Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 mins | Comedy, Romance | 1995

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Director:

Ang Lee

Writer:

Emma Thompson

Producer:

Lindsay Doran

Cinematographer:

Michael Coulter

Editor:

Tim Squyres

Production Designer:

Luciana Arrighi

Production Company:

Mirage
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HISTORY

Sense and Sensibility was ranked 70th on AFI's 2002 100 Years...100 Passions list of the greatest love stories of all ... More Less

Sense and Sensibility was ranked 70th on AFI's 2002 100 Years...100 Passions list of the greatest love stories of all time. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
13 Dec 1995
p. 1.
New York Times
13 Dec 1995
p. 15.
Variety
4 Dec 1995
p. 51, 54.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (London, 1813).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1995
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 13 Dec 1995; New York opening: week of 13 Dec 1995
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 January 1996
Copyright Number:
PA720614
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
136
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the turn of the nineteenth century in England, John Dashwood is set to inherit the residence of his father, who, before dying, instructs his son to look after Mrs. Dashwood (John’s stepmother) and his three younger half-sisters: Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret. John and his wife, Fanny, move into the Dashwood home. At Fanny’s urging, and against his father’s wishes, John refuses to support them, leaving the women in search of a new home. Elinor and Marianne are old enough to marry, so when Elinor strikes up a friendship with Fanny’s brother, Edward Ferrars, Mrs. Dashwood hopes the two will become engaged. However, snobbish Fanny warns that her brother will lose his inheritance if he marries someone of Elinor’s reduced station. The displaced Dashwood women go to live at Barton Park, an estate owned by Mrs. Dashwood’s cousin, Sir John Middleton. There, they meet middle-aged Colonel Brandon, who develops a romantic interest in Marianne. The girl is looking for something more exciting, however, and finds it in John Willoughby, who breaks her heart when he flees to London. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, in-laws of Sir John Middleton, visit Barton Park with a young woman named Lucy Steele. Lucy informs Elinor that she and Edward Ferrars are secretly engaged to be married. Meanwhile, on a trip to London, Marianne discovers that John Willoughby has become engaged to a wealthy woman named Miss Grey. Elinor learns from Col. Brandon that Willoughby’s indiscretions with another young woman caused him to lose his inheritance; therefore, he has chosen to marry for money. Lucy Steele goes to stay with John and Fanny Dashwood, but Fanny ejects her from the house when she hears about ... +


At the turn of the nineteenth century in England, John Dashwood is set to inherit the residence of his father, who, before dying, instructs his son to look after Mrs. Dashwood (John’s stepmother) and his three younger half-sisters: Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret. John and his wife, Fanny, move into the Dashwood home. At Fanny’s urging, and against his father’s wishes, John refuses to support them, leaving the women in search of a new home. Elinor and Marianne are old enough to marry, so when Elinor strikes up a friendship with Fanny’s brother, Edward Ferrars, Mrs. Dashwood hopes the two will become engaged. However, snobbish Fanny warns that her brother will lose his inheritance if he marries someone of Elinor’s reduced station. The displaced Dashwood women go to live at Barton Park, an estate owned by Mrs. Dashwood’s cousin, Sir John Middleton. There, they meet middle-aged Colonel Brandon, who develops a romantic interest in Marianne. The girl is looking for something more exciting, however, and finds it in John Willoughby, who breaks her heart when he flees to London. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, in-laws of Sir John Middleton, visit Barton Park with a young woman named Lucy Steele. Lucy informs Elinor that she and Edward Ferrars are secretly engaged to be married. Meanwhile, on a trip to London, Marianne discovers that John Willoughby has become engaged to a wealthy woman named Miss Grey. Elinor learns from Col. Brandon that Willoughby’s indiscretions with another young woman caused him to lose his inheritance; therefore, he has chosen to marry for money. Lucy Steele goes to stay with John and Fanny Dashwood, but Fanny ejects her from the house when she hears about her and Edward’s secret engagement. Edward sticks by his plan to marry Lucy, even though his mother threatens to transfer his inheritance to his brother, Robert. Col. Brandon rewards Edward’s honorable choice by giving him the parish on his estate. Meanwhile, on her way back from London, Marianne takes ill. Col. Brandon comes to her aid, which sparks romance between the two. News travels that Lucy Steele is now Mrs. Ferrar; however, the Dashwoods are shocked to discover that Lucy married not Edward but Robert. Edward and Elinor reunite and are soon married. Likewise, Marianne marries Col. Brandon, and the Dashwood women’s livelihoods are once again secure. +

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