Video Release: November 1, 2005
Theatrical Release: 1995
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video
- Dolby Surround AC-3
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 137 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in Mandarin
Actress Emma Thompson both wrote and starred in this adaptation of Jane Austen's Regency novel -- a novel that perceptively examines the social manners and laws that governed 19th-Century Britain. Set in a rural English village, "Sense and Sensibility" concentrates on the loves and heartaches of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. The two have extremely divergent approaches to life: Elinor believes in behaving with propriety and thoughtfulness, while Marianne virtually basks in her own emotions. But both women experience the same sense of confusion when their lovers, seemingly on the verge of proposing marriage, suddenly get called away to London -- followed by the swift departure of another of Marianne's suitors. So when the Dashwood family receives an invitation to the capital, they gladly accept. The truths the sisters uncover during their visit cause complications, calamities, and surprises... and teach Elinor and Marianne some hard lessons they'll never forget.
Emma Thompson adapted this acclaimed film version of Jane Austen's 1811 novel about the two Dashwood sisters, in whose romantic dalliances one is representative of the restraint of "sense," while the other characterizes the impetuosity of "sensibility." Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Actress--Emma Thompson, and Best Supporting Actress--Kate Winslet. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay (Thompson).
Released theatrically in the USA December 13, 1995. The film grossed a sensible $41.5 million domestically. A Mirage production. Color by Technicolor; in SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound). Soundtrack on Sony Classical. Additional cast: Emilie Francois (Margaret Dashwood), Richard Lumsden (Robert Ferrars). Additional credits: Keith Young (assistant director); Chris Plevin (2nd unit director of photography); Robert Zeigler (music conductor). Songs: "Weep You No More Sad Fountains" by Patrick Doyle, performed by Jane Eaglen "The Dreame" by Patrick Doyle, Ben Johnson The Boston Society of Film Critics awarded it 1995 prizes for: best film, director and screenplay. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted Ang Lee runner-up for the 1995 best director prize. At the 46th Berlin Intl. Film Festival, the film won the top prize -- the Golden Bear, for best picture. Director Ang Lee had previously won a Golden Bear, in 1993, for "The Wedding Banquet," and it's rare for a director to win the top prize at the festival more than once. The win was greeted with jeers at a press conference following the announcement because many felt that the award should have gone to a movie that wasn't as widely known. Nikita Mikhalkov, the festival jury president, said the decision was unanimous. Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification. The Collector's Gift Set VHS version (Cat. #94870) also contains the screenplay and making-of diaries by Emma Thompson, all in an elegant keepsake case.