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While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

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Douglas McGrath

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Emma Woodhouse
James Cosmo ... Mr Weston
Greta Scacchi ... Mrs Weston
Alan Cumming ... Mr Elton
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ... Mr Woodhouse
Sophie Thompson ... Miss Bates
Jeremy Northam ... Mr Knightley
Toni Collette ... Harriet Smith
Kathleen Byron ... Mrs Goddard
Phyllida Law ... Mrs Bates
Edward Woodall Edward Woodall ... Mr. Martin
Brett Miley Brett Miley ... Little Boy
Brian Capron ... John Knightley
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ... Isabella
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ... Footman
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Storyline

Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr. Knightly. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Cupid is armed and dangerous!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Ruth Myers revealed that she did not want the costumes to have a "heavy English look" and instead she wanted "to get the freedom of bodies that you see in all the drawings, the form of the body underneath, the swell of the breasts." Myers told Barbara De Witt from the Los Angeles Daily News that using pastel-coloured clothing to get the watercolour effect was one of her major challenges during the production. The designer was later criticised for being inaccurate, but she stated that she did not want the costumes to look old or sepia. See more »

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Mr. Knightly's hairstyle and collar change during his proposal to Emma. See more »

Quotes

Emma Woodhouse: How fascinating that any discordancy between us must always arise from *my* being wrong.
Mr. Knightley: Not fascinating, but true.
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Virgins Are Like the Fair Flower
from "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay (1728)
Composed by John Pepusch (uncredited)
Revised by Frederic Austin
Performed by Polly Walker and Ewan McGregor
©Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.
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Matchmaker, match thyself...
8 February 2002 | by patrickdc202See all my reviews

What a delightful film...

Accompanied by Oscar-winning Composer RACHEL PORTMAN's lush, emotional and dreamy music, this film remains a pure delight worthy of viewing more than once a year.

Incredible casting...

Gwyneth Paltrow was perfect for the role of Emma. Toni Collette was great as Harriett Smith.

The character who stole the film was MISS BATES!!! She was mesmerizing to watch, one finds oneself on the edge of ones' seat just hanging on her every word and laughing hysterically WITH her. One of the most endearing characters I have come across in ages. From one of the opening scenes when she is thanking Mr. Woodhouse for sending "that lovely quarter-hind of pork... PORK, MOTHER!!!" she shouts into her daffy and clearly hearing impaired Mother, Mrs. Bates (played by Emma Thompson's mother, Phyllida Law) who looks forlorn and lost.

The comical ways that Emma would avoid the grating Miss Bates builds itself up for one truly gut-wrenching scene at the picnic when Emma insults Miss Bates who takes her cruel dig to her heart. We then see poor Miss Bates stammering and on the verge of tears and just so crushed one can not help but feel one's heart ripped out to her on her behalf. It is a classic scene, one to be rewound and played over & over...

The ending is right up there with "Sense & Sensibility" and provides one of life's greatest lessons about how one should marry one's best friend...

I hope that this film delights you all as much as it has myself.

I ADORED it!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,649, 4 August 1996

Gross USA:

$22,231,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,231,658
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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