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Persuasion

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Persuasion
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Anne Elliot fell deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne was persuaded to break off her engagement. Eight years later, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Wentworth, and when he returns from sea with rank and fortune, she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet. Can Frederick forgive Anne for listening to her family instead of her heart?
Statement of Responsibility: screenplay, Simon Burke ; producer, David Snodin ; director, Adrian Shergold ; Clerkenwell Films in association with WGBH Boston
Title: Persuasion
[videorecording]
Publisher: [England] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2008
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Originally broadcast on television in 2007
Credits: Director of photography, David Odd ; editor, Kristina Hetherington ; music, Martin Phipps ; costume designer, Andrea Galer ; production designer, David Roger.
Performers: Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones, Alice Krige, Julia Davis, Amanda Hale, Tobias Menzies, Peter Wight, Sam Hazeldine, Marion Bailey, Jennifer Higham, Anthony Head.
Summary: Anne Elliot fell deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne was persuaded to break off her engagement. Eight years later, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Wentworth, and when he returns from sea with rank and fortune, she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet. Can Frederick forgive Anne for listening to her family instead of her heart?
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD. Region 1
Anamorphic widescreen format; Dolby digital stereo., DVD9, NTSC
Other Language: In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama Love Drama Social classes Drama Rejection (Psychology) Drama England Social life and customs 19th century Drama England Drama
Genre/Form: Romance television programs
Television adaptations
Television movies
Fiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Love
Social classes
Rejection (Psychology)
Publisher No: 3000014529
1000036150
ISBN: 1419865242
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE P
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I could rewatch this adaption over and over again. It is perfectly put together. Rupert Penry-Jones (MI5) is brooding, handsome and dashing as Capt. Wentworth and Sally Hawkins is excellent as the overburdened Anne. Controversial because of the end scene but it makes me want to squeal with joy!


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Feb 26, 2014
  • LadySugar rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I rather enjoyed this film, the story was engaging and emotional. Like other viewers I expected the story to be longer as it was very much a hurried gloss over. Also, I wonder why the character of Anne was alway staring down the camera, what was the point of that foolishness? it was distracting and silly! Furthermore, even though the character of Anne was a good actress I still believe it was a miscast. Anne did not act as gracefully as I believe her to be . Suprisingly, Captain Wentworth was great though.

Sep 30, 2013
  • wendybird rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Gorgeously shot & well acted, this 2008 version stays close to the book - with all its difficult pauses & important things left unsaid. It seemed perhaps a bit too modern to have the Miss Eliot marathon scene near the end - perhaps this was meant to heighten the drama....

Sep 07, 2013
  • rgally rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is the worst version of Persuasion ever put to film. Watch the Ciaran Hinds Amanda Root version instead. don't waste your time on this one

Jun 26, 2013
  • jamilad rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Wentworth's attractiveness is the only consolation in this movie. They made the movie too short and put too much into it, so that it only seems hurried, especially at the end. Why Anne has to stare directly into the camera throughout the movie I have no idea. Hopefully there's a better version out there!

Mar 25, 2013
  • nontechmom rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved the book but was disappointed in this portrayal of Anne Elliot. In the book she is much less mousy and unsure of herself. Captain Wentworth and Anne's father are well done.

Mar 02, 2013
  • momatlaw rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointing. My view is probably colored by the ending. It has Anne running and running all over Bath looking for Wentworth. Not only does this seem uncharacteristic for a woman of her age and station in life in that period, but it is filmed by a bouncing handheld camera. Then she finds him and the camera spends an inordinate amount of time focused on the lower half of her face. For me, the annoyances completely obscured any emotion the ending might have generated.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. I thought it was well crafted -- directing, score, cinematography... Sally Hawkins was exceptional. Bravo, BBC/WGBH. FIVE STARS.

Aug 21, 2012
  • Kirb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Light hearted without any deep thinking

May 31, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

One would never know, from this version of Persuasion, that Miss Austen wrote comic novels. Good cast, just-okay direction, and a clumsy, over-explicit script in which poor Miss Anne must read from her diary. She must also make a scene, chasing a man out of a concert hall. Oh, really? On the positive side, the music and scenery are pretty, and everyone wears his proper headgear and gloves, for the most part.

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Jul 07, 2010
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Jun 05, 2011
  • jessadam2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I wrote tha tand it never took. Oh well, I'll just sum it up by saying .... Northanger Abby led me to 'Felicity Jones whichled me to Helen Grace which led me to 'Becoming Jane' & eventually to the movie'Persuasion' I got he book & the airport on 10/22/10 but donated it to Goodwill.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Captain Wentworth (voiceover of his letter to Anne, as she runs searching for him): "Miss Elliot, I can bear this no longer. You pierce my soul. I'm half agony, half hope. Unjust I may have been. Weak and resentful I have been -- but never inconstant. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it eight years ago. I have loved none but you. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan. Have you not seen this? I can hardly write. I must go, uncertain of my fate. A word... A look, would be enough... Only, tell me that I am... Tell me not that I am too late. That such precious feelings are gone forever..."

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