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Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Jane Austen (libretto Sir Charles Grandison), Samuel Richardson (libretto Sir Charles Grandison) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Redden David Redden ... Auctioneer
Michael Wager Michael Wager ... George Midash
Robert Powell ... Pierre
Gael Hammer Gael Hammer ... Unsuccessful Bidders
Peter McPherson Peter McPherson ... Unsuccessful Bidders
Nancy New ... Jenny
John Boyle John Boyle ... Chair Carriers
Tim Burke Tim Burke ... Chair Carriers
Philip Lenkowsky ... Fritz
Charles McCaughan ... Billie
Sean Young ... Ariadne
Katrina Hodiak Katrina Hodiak ... Katya
John Guerrasio John Guerrasio ... Gregory
Tim Choate ... Jamie
Kurt Johnson ... Victor
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Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

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Drama | Romance

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The movie is based on the only ever play written by Jane Austen which was "Sir Charles Grandison" (c. 1800). See more »

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Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) See more »

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mixed bag for a narrow audience
7 August 2002 | by sore_throatSee all my reviews

First off I want to say that this is more of a drama with comedic overtones. The comedy is very subtle and dry. Of course, I'm not very familiar with Austen's work, so I'm certain that some of the jokes were completely over my head.

This film is too flawed for me to recommend, but I wouldn't dismiss it either-you know the type. It is somewhat pretentious and at times incomprehensible. The pace is very slow; a trait which here works equally for and against it I think.

What I did like was that, for a drama/comedy, it has a very weird vibe, almost dark at times. Or maybe it was just me.

It all adds up to a film that was alternatingly boring and intriguing. I say only check this out if you like seeing something different and don't mind a slow pace. I would be interested in seeing what a Jane Austen fan thinks of this film.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane Austen in Manhattan See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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