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Persuasion : Complete ITV Adaptation [2007] [DVD]

Sally Hawkins , Rupert Penry-Jones , Adrian Shergold    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones, Anthony Head, Alice Krige, Tobias Menzies
  • Directors: Adrian Shergold
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6U0VU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,952 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The work of Jane Austen is being confidently mined by filmmakers at the moment, and Persuasion is the latest to be visited. And while there are some fair issues raised about just how faithful the film is to the source material, it’s nonetheless a lavish and enjoyable take on Austen’s story, with much to admire.

Much of the reason as to why this version of Persuasion works well lies with its talented cast. Rupert Penry-Jones, for instance, tackles the role of Captain Wentworth with skill, and Sally Hawkins too gives a performance to be admired. Backed by a primarily good supporting cast, the romantic drama is both watchable and engaging.

Inevitably, parallels are going to be drawn with the similarly strong 1995 television adaptation, and the truth is that some will favour one, some will favour the other. For our money, the earlier version just about nudges it, but the two takes on Persuasion both have enough ideas of their own to make them suitable companion pieces.

Diligently directed and suitably lavish to look at, Persuasion then shows little sign of dampening the enthusiasm for bringing Austen to screens of all sizes. And on the basis of the charming 93 minutes on offer here, that’s no bad thing at all. --Jon Foster

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TV adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Anne Elliott (Sally Hawkins) has spent years regretting her rejection of Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones)'s proposal of marriage, her family having been against the match on grounds of class. When he returns from sea they meet but, instead of finding romance, are kept apart through a series of misunderstandings. Anne is being pursued by her cousin, Mr Elliott (Tobias Menzies), while Captain Wentworth is regarded as a very eligible bachelor and has a stream of young women with marriage in mind beating a path to his door.

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252 of 262 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as the previous version 20 April 2007
I agree with other reviewers on this version; it's not as faithful to the book (and therefore as 'good') as the Ciaran Hinds/Amanda Root version that was out a couple of years ago.
My gripes are:
1. The conversation Anne has with Captain Harville at the end of the book is the moment at which Captain Wentworth realises there is still hope. To have put that earlier in the play, addressed to Captain Benwick AND with no chance of Captain Wentworth overhearing was a pointless bit of interference with the storyline on the part of the writers and one that made no sense and made it harder for the characters to be reconciled at the end.
2. Some of the minor characters were, frankly, terrible. Mary was one of the worst - watch the Ciaran Hinds/Amanda Root version for the best way to play Mary. The actress in that was superb; this actress was very odd. Mr Elliot was wooden and that's about the best I can say for that actor - really terrible. He said his lines as though he had learned them by rote and had no idea what they meant.
3. What on earth did the script writers think they were doing having Anne rushing around Bath in pursuit of Captain Wentworth at the end and then brazenly telling him she accepted his proposal?!? Wrong, all wrong from the point of view of the storyline, characters and period of time the novel was set. No wonder he took so long to kiss her - he was probably repenting his decision to marry such a shameless hussy!
4. Then to crown it all; CAPTAIN WENTWORTH BOUGHT KELLYNCH HALL AT THE END!!!!!! What fairytale world was the writer living in??? He couldn't have done that as it was destined for the evil Mr Elliot and all tied up with legal entails...
Things that were right;
1. Rupert Penry-Jones. Phwoar!!
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
By Shady Tree VINE VOICE
Firstly let me say that it has just occurred to me to wonder whether I'm biased against this version of Persuasion in favour of the 1995 Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds version simply because I saw that one first and have loved it ever since; similarly I much prefer the BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice to the more recent film, so maybe that which we see first, we love best? That aside, I tried to watch this production of Persuasion with an open mind, particularly looking forward to Rupert Penry-Jones' portrayal of the very attractive Captain Wentworth.

In that respect, I was not disappointed; you could not hope for a more handsome leading man; what a beauty. I could even forgive Anne Elliot's uncharacteristic chase scene as she ran full pelt around Bath looking for Captain Wentworth; if my lost love looked like Rupert Penry-Jones I think I'd be persuaded to leg it around Bath in hot pursuit. But even so, it is uncharacteristic of Anne's restrained and resigned character which was portrayed so much more accurately by Amanda Root in the 1995 BBC version. A previous reviewer said that they felt Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds too old but let's not forget that in Jane Austen's time 27 was almost heading towards middle age, and Anne would have been considered very much "on the shelf" by that age.

I thought that the casting of Sally Hawkins was very good but in a way there was not enough contrast between the pale, plain Anne at the beginning of the book and the radiant blooming Anne at the end; she was just reasonably pretty throughout.

The ITV have also fallen for the old chestnut of dumbing down the script when there is really no need and from that perspective the BBC have always been streets ahead in their scriptwriting skills.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was persuaded 18 April 2009
While I think that the actress who plays Anne is not as pretty as she might be, the Captain is, I think, appropriately cautious and naive. I think this version is beautifully done but rather skimps on the
text a bit. Of course, the book itself leaves a lot of the "intrigue" of the young Mr Elliot and the vanity
of the older to ones imaginations (as they are seen and described by Anne after all) I did think that
the role played by Anne's friend was rather downplayed. I did not like her "running through Bath" after
the Captain, either. Seemed rather un lady-like, as much as you would want her to make sure
she gets him. His smile is worth the whole DVE.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adaptation 15 April 2008
By Lizzi S
Yes, it's not the most accurate, and Anne running about Bath at the end, is very annoying, but this adaptation seems to capture the tension between Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot excellently. You can't help but be moved by it. Anthony Head is magnificent and Rupert Penry Jones, well, it is worth watching for him alone! He definitely gives Colin Firth's Mr Darcy a run for his money.

I gave it 4 stars as it left me sobbing at the end, so obviously captured the essence of the book, however I am continually baffled why programme makers feel they have to mess around with Jane Austen's stories so much. Some changes I can understand but others just leave me scratching my head.
We love Jane Austen's stories as they are ... if it aint broke, don't fix it!!!!!!!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
It's been a while since I watched this TV adaptation of Jane Austen's last (and maybe more personal) novel, "Persuasion".
And I watched it last night, I fell in love with it all over again!

First of all, the story is absolutely breathtaking. Jane Austen wrote it when she was dying, so the novel became a kind of race against time. But the style is really fantastic. The story is about 2 people , Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, who unexpectedly meet again after being separated for eight years. Eight years ago, Anne and Wentworth fell deeply in love with each other ("there were no two hearts so open") but as Wentworth had no money and nothing to recommand himself, Anne's father and Lady Russel, Anne's deceased mother's friend, persuaded Anne to refuse his proposal, on account of Anne being too young and of Wentworth being pennyless.
The story starts in this adaptation when Captain Wentworth successfully returns to the country from the war, having made a fortune in the Navy, with the intention of living peacefully and of finding a wife. They meet again unexpectedly when Anne's father, a heavy spender has to let the family house, Kellynch Hall, to the Crofts who happen to be closely related to Wentworth.
Anne has never forgotten Wenworth and although she has received other proposals from elligible men, she is still unmarried at the age of 27 and still regrets having refused to marry Wentworth. He, on the other hand, shows he has never forgiven Anne and looks determined not to renew any kinds of relations with her...
For me, this adaptation beautifully recreates this wonderful love story!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sally Hawkins an appealing Anne Eliot
I re-watched this and the superior BBC Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds version last night (this version on Amazon Prime! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Cath
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I love this movie, I've watched it many times and never tire of it. If I want a good cry I watch this because the ending is amazing. The music is great also.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well thought out.
The only problem is that everyone misses out the sub plot in this book - that of Mrs. Smith, which Captain Wentworth helps her solve. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Margaret Spink
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL
Terrible, terrible. SO inaccurate. Does anyone making this movie have any understanding of how Jane Austen's characters work? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Swanepoel
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like this version
Was there any point in doing this after the earlier fine BBC version (screenplay by Nick Hearn)? I thought it was rubbish with poor acting, insufficient definition of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is good
This film is good but does miss out a lot of the story line with her friend Mrs Smith when she is in bath. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Jacky Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Persuasion
Great adaptation. Very sensitively done. One of the better adaptations of Jane Austen that are available, I should say. Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs CL Humphris
4.0 out of 5 stars xmas gift,
bought it for my husband for xmas,he realy enjoyed watching it,would recommend to any jane austen fan,fast delivery as well.
Published 3 months ago by jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good
This dramatisation exactly captures the tone of the novel.
There are some departures from it, notably the lack of resemblance between Sally Hawkins and Ann Elliot (Ann is more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by 'Fountain Pen'
4.0 out of 5 stars A good effort!
I liked this adaptation of Austen's novel "Persuasion", and I would recommend it to her fans, as this is not a book so often adapted for T.V. Read more
Published 3 months ago by penny
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