I try not to repeat Friday Film Adaptations too often but with the new year beginning it seemed only fitting for me to spotlight Persuasion by Jane Austen again. I don't have the opportunity to read it nearly as much as I would like but it has always been my favorite Jane Austen stories and the 1995 English film version is always one I like to start the year with. There is just something about it that gives me hope as we say goodbye to one year and hello to the next. Its never too late to find happiness and love, never too late to follow your own heart.
'She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older'
When Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome and charming young man, she must make a wrenching decision. The man she loves is perfect in every way...except one: he lacks the wealth and social status that would make him a suitable match for Anne. At least, that is what friends and family persuade Anne to believe. So Anne breaks off the match and sends Wentworth away. But she can't help wondering: Did I do the right thing?
It is a question that will haunt her for years until, unexpectedly, Wentworth returns. His circumstances have improved greatly.
But is it too late for Anne?
After turning down a previous marriage proposal years earlier, a young woman is thrown into company with her former beau.
Release Date: April 16, 1995(United Kingdom)
September 27, 1995(United States)
Release Time: 104 minutes
Amanda Root as Anne Elliot
Ciarán Hinds as Captain Frederick Wentworth
Susan Fleetwood as Lady Russell
Corin Redgrave as Sir Walter Elliot
Fiona Shaw as Mrs. Croft
John Woodvine as Admiral Croft
Phoebe Nicholls as Elizabeth Elliot
Samuel West as Mr. Elliot
Sophie Thompson as Mary Musgrove
Judy Cornwell as Mrs. Musgrove
Simon Russell Beale as Charles Musgrove
Felicity Dean as Mrs. Clay
Roger Hammond as Mr. Musgrove
Emma Roberts as Louisa Musgrove
Victoria Hamilton as Henrietta Musgrove
Robert Glenister as Captain Harville
Richard McCabe as Captain Benwick
Helen Schlesinger as Mrs. Smith
Jane Wood as Nurse Rooke
David Collings as Mr. Shepherd
Darlene Johnson as Lady Dalrymple
Cinnamon Faye as Miss Carteret
Isaac Maxwell-Hunt as Henry Hayter
Roger Llewellyn as Sir Henry Willoughby
Sally George as Mrs. Harville
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.
Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.