Emma 1996

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Gwyneth Paltrow stars as the matchmaker Emma Woodhouse in this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Starring:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette
Runtime:
2 hours 0 minutes

Emma

Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Douglas McGrath
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette
Supporting actors Alan Cumming, Ewan McGregor, Jeremy Northam, Greta Scacchi, Juliet Stevenson, Polly Walker
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William J. Walker VINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
I've read the book twice and seen all the film/tv versions(and I include "Clueless" in that)that I know of. As a book I would say it is both superb and comparable(in quality) to "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and sensibility" so since books are usually better than their adaptations the film has a lot to live up to.

Well this is very well done. The film will stand or fall on the quality of its Emma and Gwyneth Paltrow does an excellent job. It's a difficult role as she has to be annoying, at times, while never actually making you lose all sympathy. There is a key scene, which I won't spoil by describing to you, where Mr Knightley has cause to chide Emma for her behaviour and this is done perfectly, as are all the crucial scenes. The supporting cast is excellent as you would expect, and while any film version will require some cutting and a little inventiveness with dialogue, I feel It has all been done as well as it could be.

I would say that the ITV Drama version starring Kate Beckinsale is good, and manages to squeeze in some extra scenes,so I can understand if people already familiar with that version prefer it(and maybe it's a little more patriotic to do so) but I must say that I can't fault this Emma.
It is one of those rare films that upon each watching has left me with an unexpectedly warm glow of pleasure inside.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Lili_K on 21 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
The Paltrow version is really quite nice and enjoyable, but I can't help feeling that something is slightly amiss, a bit out of place. As if the actors - though very good ones at that - couldn't wholly identify with the characters they played. Sometimes they just seemed to be telling their lines without their hearts being in it. There is one exception and that is the excellent Jeremy Northam. Although his Mr Knigthley is certainly not as charismatic as that of Mark Strong in the other version of Emma, he was great.
Toni Colette, though a very good actress, was really miscast as Harriet Smith and not just physically. She is a modern actress and couldn't fit into this period drama. The same is true for Ewan McGregor: a great actor, but not one for period drama, or at least not for regency drama, I fear.
The film is not strictly faithful to the plot, which in itself wouldn't be a problem, but it weakens the performance even further altogether. Still, if you do not have too high expectations, you may enjoy this film without further ado.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Fontaine on 17 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
I finally had time to watch this version. I loved it. I have seen both older and newer versions. I like this length better than the newer miniseries version and I felt the scripting and casting were better than the older one with Kate Beckinsale. I had trouble getting attached to the characters in that one. I must admit I love jsut about anything with Jeremy Northam, Sophie Thompson and Polly Walker. Their acting was splendid in this. The costumes and settings are of note in this as well. I will watch this again I'm sure. I loved it!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By littlemissbee on 15 April 2005
Format: DVD
I haven't seen both versions of Emma so I can make no comparisons, however I love this version of the film.
I'm not a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow but I found her thoroughly likeable as Emma, for an American actress she made quite a convincing English Rose.
And I cannot possibly review this film without mentioning how incredibly gorgeous Jeremy Northam is as the dashing Mr Knightly, he is the perfect English Gentleman.
Emma is a wonderfully romantic and uplifting film and is one of the first that I reach for when I fancy a girly night in front of the TV accompanied by the biggest bar of chocolate I can find.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Candida Spencer on 2 Mar 2013
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This is one of those films that can bear re--watching again and again - love the story and the whole thing does wonderful justice to JA's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clair bath on 26 Nov 2012
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I loved this film I have watched it over and over again Gweneth Paltrow plays a rich daughter who likes to interfere in everyone else's love life but till she realises she is in love her self. Could it be to late or will she find love as she wishes for her dear friend.
I love the era it is set in and feel its such a lovely heart warming film to watch.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Four Violets VINE VOICE on 7 April 2007
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Initially sceptical about Gwyneth Paltrow in the role of Emma, I realised she had totally won me over when I cried in sympathy at her stern but deserved chiding from Mr Knightly. This in my opinion is a far more spirited and convincing Emma than the Kate Beckinsale version. Everyone from Toni Collette as the eager to please Harriet, Alan Cumming as the simpering Reverend Elton, and Ewan McGregor as the dashing Frank Churchill, brought the characters from the book vividly to life. While pleasant enough the Kate B versions pales into a bland and lifeless comparison and she is far too near her Mr Knightly in age to have been "held in his arms at the age of three weeks". Sophie Thompson as Miss Bates, and Juliet Stevenson as Mrs Elton are also much funnier. Altogether an extremely enjoyable, lovingly made and very convincing interpretation of a Jane Austen classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nicola bottrill on 12 April 2013
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I just love the warm happy feeling inside that I get every time I watch this film. I will never give up hope that my Mr Knightly is out there.
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