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Persuasion 1995

Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though...

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Yay! Thank you!! :)
I wanted to see this but there is no sound & I suck at reading lips.
fantastic film with great actors!
thanks to persuasion i got hoocked on amanda root!:D
"Persuasion" starts just after Napoleon's defeat in 1814. Naval officers are returning after years at sea. One of those naval officers is Captain Frederick Wentworth(Ciaran Hinds) who eight years before had been rejected by Anne Elliott(Amanda Root) a kind young woman who acted on advice from Lady Russell. At the time he was a young naval officer with little prospects but he has returned a captain and is now quite wealthy.

"Persuasion" is about listening to one's own heart and seizing the opportunity when it presents itself. It is also a subtle satire on the class structure of England in the early 19th century. For example, Sir Walter Elliott is snobbish towards the returning naval officers who are actually much more wealthy than he is and are also much more noble. What happens may be considered, as most things written by Jane Austen, quite predictable but the performances by the two leads are quite excellent and make the movie worthwhile.
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I really do like Jane Austen films. The story is very similar to others like and if you enjoy these type of films, you'll enjoy this film.
This movie is awesome. Look, they had good materials to work with, it being based on a really good book, so I won't talk about the plot at all.

What I think is pretty important about this movie, or what is, at least, particularly good, is the acting and the way that it's filmed. That's all. I loved it!!!

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Well, the Valentine's Day bug has certainly hit me hard this year. I couldn't resist some Jane Austen, and this is my favorite of hers. There's nothing like tales of undying love to warm the heart on a cold winter's night.
At 27 years of age, Anne Elliott (Amanda Root) is bound to be an old maid. Scorned by her baronet father (Corin Redgrave) and condescended to and ignored by her elder sister Elizabeth, Anne is sorrowfully content to live a passive life of obscurity. She once loved, but was persuaded against the match by Lady Russell, a close family friend, because the man was too poor and not socially connected. When Mr. Elliott's debts force him to leave his country estate and move to Bath, the house is leased to Admiral Croft. Naturally, Anne is left behind to be a companion for her married younger sister Mary (Sophie Thompson), who lives nearby with her husband and two sons. Where Anne largely feels out of place with her family's social pomp, she immediately warms to the admiral and his wife. And, as fate would have it, Mrs. Croft's brother is Anne's long-lost suitor, just returned from many years in the navy. Captain Frederick Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds) is now in the prime of life, having earned a rank and a handsome fortune. While Mary gossips about whether Frederick will fall in love with Henrietta or Louisa, her two sisters-in-law, Anne sits in nervous silence. But whenever tragedy strikes - first by Mary's elder son falling out of a tree, and then when Louisa falls from a height at the seashore - Anne is the one who remains calm and collected, and Frederick can't help but notice. After she rejoins her family in Bath, Frederick follows her there. But one last twist is in store: it seems that Anne is to marry her cousin Mr. Elliott, the heir to her father's estate. So Frederick once again keeps his distance until, one day, all things are made clear, all feelings are revealed, and everyone, finally, gets to live happily ever after.
It is plain that I greatly enjoy the novels of Jane Austen and also their film adaptations. This is my favorite of her books (I would say "Emma" wins in terms of films). I think it is because this one starts from a premise of love lost, of losing hope as life passes by, and then of having all happiness restored beyond anticipation in the end.
Cinematically speaking, the production values are not great. The actors are not well-known and none of the performances are spectacular, though I do have a soft spot for Ciaran Hinds. The directing is unremarkable, and the music is suitable, uninspiring classical fare. Oh, I'm getting nit-picky. It's not about being a critic, it's about feeling satisfied and renewed in the idealism of romance, all from two hours spent enjoying a film.
Overall, this is my #1 recommendation for Valentine's Day: sweet, sincere, utterly romantic, dreamy, refined, tense, passionate. Jane Austen sure knew how to write them.

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My Review: Jane Austen loved her singular heroines, and in "Persuasion" we have another one, Anne Elliott, played exceptionally well by Amanda Root. I must admit to my irritation at these women who have strong personalities and goals for themselves, but then they allow the others in their lives to manipulate them and cause them unhappiness. But such are the differences between the women of today and the women of 1814 (in this case). Another fine period piece about a couple who are separated by social expectations and class distinctions. And you'll absolutely hate Anne's father and sister in this one!

SYNOPSIS:
A prodigal baronet, the widowed Sir Walter Elliot lives with his daughters Anne and Elizabeth at Kellynch Hall. Anne, the younger of Elliot's unmarried offspring, is a comely, dutiful woman but a deeply melancholy soul. She's been heartbroken ever since Lady Russell, a trusted family friend, persuaded Anne to refuse the marriage proposal of naval officer Frederick Wentworth on account of his lack of fortune. Finding himself on the brink of financial ruin, Sir Walter Elliot rents out Kellynch Hall while he and the girls vacation at Bath. An ironic twist of fate brings the now wealthy Captain Wentworth and his relatives to the Elliot estate as seasonal tenants. So, Anne's beloved Frederick Wentworth enters her world once more. But there's no certainty love will bloom again.



My mom is a big fan of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and picked up the 1980's version of Northanger Abby while at the library a few weeks ago. It was pretty horrendous and so I started looking for other versions that were better reviewed. We also decided to try Persuasion and I decided to give Emma another chance, but this time with Kate Beckinsale instead of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Northanger Abby features Catherine Morland, a young woman with a penchant for gothic romance novels that would lead her to unwisely speculate reality with fiction. The 1986 version was very much in style of the '80s decade. Even though it's a period piece, it felt dated and out of place with the editing style and music. Think Legend starring Tom Cruise, but replace the fantasy with Jane Austen instead. Yeah, weird. The 2007 version is definitely more watchable, but the story overall is not quite to my taste.

I first saw Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow a long while ago and remember hating it. It was just about matchmaking, a subject I did not care for. Well, I stumbled across Emma starring Kate Beckinsale and decided to give it another chance, and I did end up enjoying it better. I don't know if I'll bother reviewing the Gwyneth Paltrow version, but I did see more story than just a silly girl making matches for people.

Persuasion features Jane Austen's most mature character, Anne Elliot, who at a young age fell in love with a sailor, Frederick Wentworth, but rejected him at the advice of her neighbor and mother figure Lady Russell. Eight years have pass and Anne is in her late 20's and still unmarried. Her father has racked up some debt and is advised to relocate to Bath while leasing out their current home, Kellynch Hall. The tennant is Admiral Croft, who's wife is sister to Anne's lost love Captain Wentworth, now an eligible bachelor looking to get married. As with all Jane Austen stories, our lovers will have to overcome obstacles and misunderstandings along the way.

I really like Persuasion and found it to be less dramatic, as far as the main characters are concerned, but yet compelling. The 1971 version no doubt contains more detail from the book, but I found it longwinded for a feature presentation and prefer the 1995 version, which retains the main points of the story while cutting out the "fat." Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root were also vastly superior, and while not Hollywood gorgeous, they are so good at their craft that they are imensely likable and appear more and more attractive as we understand who their characters are.
A wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen's book. Perfect.