Sense And Sensibility

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(out of 5)


Best-ever adaptation of a Jane Austen novel stars  and  as two radically different sisters, one reserved and private, the other boisterous and lively, together tackling the same problem: how to marry happily with a man they really love. Winslet is being courted by dashing , and Thompson is finding herself curiously attracted to her evil sister-in-law’s handsome brother (). Naturally, since it is based on an Austen novel, there are many complications that work out just fine in the end, but thanks to Thompson’s intellectually stimulating screenplay, the obstacles are all heart stopping and the emotions between them very moving.  plays the sister-in-law with unapologetic zeal, and there is fine supporting work from Gemma Jones, Alan Rickman and a marvelous Elizabeth Spriggs, but the film really belongs to its two dynamite leads. Thompson’s reserved Elinor is heartbreaking to watch, and Winslet gives Maryann as much passion as she can muster from her wealth of talent.


Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mirage Enterprises

USA/United Kingdom, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1995

Golden Globe Awards 1995

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