Sense And Sensibility

7.72 h 16 min1996X-RayUHDPG
Two sisters must cope with the realities of law and love in early 19th century England.
Ang Lee
Emma ThompsonAlan RickmanKate Winslet
English [CC]
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Hugh Grant
Lindsay Doran
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painterReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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If I could give more than 5 stars I would. This is (like Pride & Prejudice, 1995) one of the best Jane Austin films every made. Casting is superb. I can't see this movie without crying toward the end, and I've seen it at least a dozen times!. I have always loved Alan Rickman and in this film his acting is so nuanced and sensitive it makes me miss him even more, now that he's gone from us.
The scene near the end when Marianne is ill and he goes to get her mother---I defy you to find a more perfectly romantic moment. Upon returning with Mrs. Dashwood, he begins to leave the sick room and (finally, the little nit) Marianne looks up and thanks him. The transformation of his face, fleeting and so real, makes my heart ache.
The very end, the wedding scene, without a word spoken is so beautiful. Again, Alan Rickman's expression of joy is...well, simply wonderful. If you like period films you will love this.
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doogiesmomReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
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This is the film that made me fall in love with Alan Rickman...
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I saw this when it came out in the theater in 1995. Up to that point Alan Rickman was not on my radar. His portrayal of Col Branden in this film is EVERYTHING. His quiet intensity is so understated and nuanced if you are female and straight you can't help but lust for him!! I hadn't watched this in years. Watching it now is bittersweet since he is no longer with us. It reminds me (as did this whole past year of 2020 and now into 2021) don't take anything for granted. What we have today could be gone tomorrow. This movie made me into a Rickman fan and I was lucky enough to see him a few times perform live - once on Broadway and once in London. I count myself lucky. I even got an autograph one day from him at the stage door. I remember it was in NY after a performance of Noel Coward's Private Lives. There he was standing at the back door signing things. I didn't want to join the melee but my friend pushed me to "go make a memory"... I'm so glad she did push me as now I have that memory 😢.
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A Hungry CrabReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timeless classic with an unforgetable musical score
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I've seen several Jane Austen adaptions throughout the years, and this is by far one of my favorite! I re-watched it recently, and I must say, I appreciate all the extra trivia about this film that Amazon provides. Learning that Emma Thompson (the one and only!) not only acted in this film, but wrote the script, was such a rich piece of information that burrowed this movie even more deeply into my heart. The costumes and settings were beautiful, but the real treat was the musical score. The music danced around the characters, through the trees, and swallowed me in. For those who have seen and appreciated the music in the Kiera Knightly Pride & Prejudice version, this in on par (if not better!).

While I watched and rewatched this when I was younger, it has still been several years since I watched it the last time. I was surprised to find myself moving the couch closer to my tv in a weird attempt to see the actors/actresses' faces better. I think modern day movies (with modern-day big budgets) must have more frequent close-ups of actors'/actresses' faces, because I found myself wishing to see more of those wonderfully subtle, and oh-so-British, fleeting facial expressions. I suppose less camera angles was a budget issue, but even with that, this movie is a timeless classic and well worth anyone who loves a well-told Jane Austen story.
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CupkateReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
The star power alone...
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I try not to compare movies to the books they are based on because they are such vastly different forms of entertainment. I love this movie. I love the casting choices. And while no movie is every perfect and there will always be some fault you can find when you watch this it captures the essence of the time. It embodies what the book and the written characters were meant to be like. It's like essential oils. They are not the plant itself nor are there identifiable parts of the plant in the oil but when you smell it you know what plant it belongs to. The essence was captured. So this movie, IMO, truly captures the very essence of what was being conveyed through the written word.
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Ms. NuschlerReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb romantic movie! And Alan Rickman is WONDERFUL!
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After Alan Rickman’s death I went back to watch some of his films I had missed. Watching Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Rickman in this Jane Austen novel was wonderful! Hugh Grant has a “starring” role, but as usual Rickman steals every scene as Colonel Brandon. Every character was acted well---full three dimensional players.

I “rented” this from Amazon and downloaded it to my laptop. One has 24 hrs to view the video once you start playing it..HOWEVER if you don’t finish the video “completely” (I stopped it 2 minutes before the end) one is able to go back and watch parts of the movie for 5 days! Just fun to watch Rickman!
Winslet is 19 y/o and this was filmed two years BEFORE Titanic. I’m not much for “romance” novels and movies, but this screenplay was written by Emma Thompson and was delightful.
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FrancescaReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding! Beautifully acted, gorgeous scenery, production throughout. Magic
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Absolutely enchanting! Congratulations to Emma Thompson on the script and Ang Lee on the Direction. Kate Winslet.. well this shows just how remarkable an actress she is. Emma was superb and Alan Rickman, dear Alan... brilliant as Colonel Brandon. And Hugh Grant! Quite brilliant too.
I love Austen and this production just revels in the glorious age when respect and consideration were the order of the day in communication between men and women. When sexuality and passion could be portrayed by a mere touch (and is, in my opinion far more thrilling) or a gaze held at length. The scenery in the English countryside is gorgeous, the gowns and clothing spot on. First class throughout, well done. Highly recommended.
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A ReaderReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderfully romantic...
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This is a beautifully filmed, blissfully romantic film and story. The cast is amazing, with Kate Winslet (who is perfect in the role of Marianne), Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman in the leading roles. The supporting roles are also superbly delivered, by the likes of Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton (as the hilarious and giggling Charlotte), Imogen Stubbs (as Lucy Steele), Harriet Walter (as Fanny Dashwood)...and the list goes on....all first-rate performances. The settings are gorgeous and will transport you back into a fairy-tale world of balls, gowns, and castle-like homes…but this is no shallow romance, but a Jane Austen story (even if the film doesn’t strictly follow the novel), incisively examining the balance between mind and emotion, reserved personality versus extroversion, and the relationships between siblings, within families, and of course, between romantic interests…all done with Jane Austen’s usual dry humor, intelligence, and sensitivity (and Ang Lee’s film artistry and eye for beauty).

The music score is also exceedingly lovely and adds much to the romantic mood of this film.
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GWHReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2022
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What is there to say?!? A film with the late, great Alan Rickman, the incomparable Kate Winslett, the great Emma Thompson, the magnificent Harriet Walter and Imelda Staunton, the great Hugh Laurie and even Hugh Grant (a bit wooden, but still good) ~ is going to be an instant classic! With these great British stars, it's almost like an instant drink, add water and stir!

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is a film based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name! Like pretty much all of Jane Austen's novels, it is a period drama that takes place in Great Britain somewhere in the 1800's and by and largely deals with romance, love and loss. If you enjoyed A&E's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (possibly Jane Austen's most known novel) then you will enjoy SENSE AND SENSIBILITY!
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