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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

  • Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 136 min.

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty

Drury University English professor Katherine Gilbert will lead a post show discussion after the film. This screening is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

SUMMARY: Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters, Elinor, Marianne and teen-age tomboy Margaret, are cruelly deprived of their home and inheritance on the death of their father. The law decrees that magnificent Norland Park must pass to his son by a previous marriage, the girls’ stepbrother John, who is partnered in life by the genteely grasping Fanny. The impoverished Dashwoods are saved from further humiliation by Mrs. Dashwood’s cousin, Sir John Middleton. He offers them a new home, Barton Cottage, on his vast Devonshire estate.

"It's an exuberant, well- crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over."
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Unlike so many other movies of literary provenance, it is clear from the start that this one is going to be entertainment, not homework. Lee serves up this sweetmeat without fuss, without the super-seriousness of filmmakers awed by their literary material."
- Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity."
- Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"[It presents] us with a vast range of richly developed, gorgeously played characters ... and mov[es] them gracefully through time and a lot of very pretty spaces without ever losing its conviction, its concentration or our bedazzled attention. [18 Dec 1995]"
- Richard Schickel, Time
"Grandly entertaining...matches the Austen-based "Clueless" for sheer run"
- Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Crucially for such an elaborately dressed production, the characters all come thoroughly alive with their ready wits and pulsing emotions, overcoming the two-century gap with seeming effortlessness."
- Todd McCarthy, Variety