Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now

Emma 1996

Subtitles

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

Starring:
Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

Available to watch on supported devices.

Mr. Robot Season 2: New episode available every Thursday

Watch now.

When renting, you have 30 days to start watching this video, and 48 hours to finish once started.

Rent Movie HD £3.49
Buy Movie HD £9.99

Rent

When renting, you have 30 days to start watching this video, and 48 hours to finish once started.

Rent Movie HD £3.49
Rent Movie SD £2.49

Buy

Buy Movie HD £9.99
Buy Movie SD £6.99
More Purchase Options
By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Video.

Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Douglas McGrath
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo
Supporting actors Greta Scacchi, Alan Cumming, Denys Hawthorne, Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Northam, Toni Collette, Kathleen Byron, Phyllida Law, Edward Woodall, Brett Miley, Brian Capron, Karen Westwood, Paul Williamson, Polly Walker, Rebecca Craig, Ewan McGregor, Angela Down, John Franklyn-Robbins
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Captions and subtitles German, English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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.
Comment 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
1 Comment 48 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
I'm not at all sure that I would have chosen Gwyneth Paltrow to play Emma but I thought she portrayed the character very well indeed. Inevitably films need to compress the action and leave out many of the scenes which are essential to a novel. This is where a TV series spread over several episodes can really score over a film adaptation. I thought that some of the Frank Churchill/Jane Fairfax story was sacrificed in order to fit everything into the time allowed and as a consequence many of the film audience might have drawn the same conclusions as Emma did about Frank Churchill.

I did think this was a good film overall though I did think that it showed Frank Churchill to be the cad he was which isn't necessarily obvious on first reading of the book as the hints are quite subtle. Jeremy Northam was excellent as Mr Knightley and Miss Bates was well done too. Overall this is an excellent film and I enjoyed watching it.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 33 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Four Violets TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2007
Format: DVD
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.
1 Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give the plot away. I like period dramas, but the central theme of the film is "romance" which other people might enjoy more than me (which is one of the reasons I only gave it 3 stars). I did enjoy "Emma", although I thought it was a bit predictable (it reminded me, in some respects, of "The Importance of Being Earnest"). I thought that Gwyneth Paltrow played her part very well. On the whole, I found her English accent to be convincing. Sometimes though, her accent seemed "over the top", but it was actually a good match to the other actors. I thought, also, that Toni Collette played her part very well (her accent was very good), and I couldn't understand why many reviewers "slagged her off". Perhaps she doesn't represent the character in the book very well (I haven't read the book, nor seen any other film versions).
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse