- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 5, 1999
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
John Franklyn Robbins &
Patrick Cassavetti &
Steven M. Haft
Director of Photography:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"It's not my place to intrude in personal matters."
- Emma Woodhouse (GWYNETH PALTROW)
Academy Awards 1996 -
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Rachel Portman
Entertainment Weekly - 08/09/1996
"...[Paltrow's] signature style of youthful country freshness and city-chick sophistication are used to good advantage....A sunny tea party..." -- Rating:B
Variety - 06/17/1996
"Gwyneth Paltrow shines brightly as Jane Austen's most endearing character...
Rolling Stone - 08/22/1996
"...McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny....[EMMA] showcases Paltrow's talent, wit and daring..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/09/1996
"...EMMA is a delightful film....Gwyneth Paltrow sparkles in the title role..."
Premiere - 05/01/2005
"McGregor's part is small, but he hits his marks."
Wall Street Journal - 09/16/2011
"An American actress and an American director in his feature debut have made a Jane Austen movie that outshines its predecessors by not trying to shine at all."
An elegant, deft adaptation of Jane Austen's 1816 comedy about a well-to-do young woman whose kindhearted attempts at matchmaking mask her own lack of romantic attachment. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score, Best Costume Design. Academy Awards: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
This delightfully fun and lighthearted comedy is based on the story that inspired the hit movie CLUELESS! Dazzling Gwyneth Paltrow (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) shines as EMMA, a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends. Funny thing is ... she's not very good at it! So when Emma tries to find a man for Harriet (Toni Collette -- THE SIXTH SENSE, ABOUT A BOY), she makes a hilariously tangled mess of everyone's lives. You'll enjoy all the comic confusion ... until Emma herself falls in love, finally freeing everyone from her outrageously misguided attempts at matchmaking.
This adaptation of the Jane Austen novel focuses on Emma, a meddling but well-meaning 21-year-old, who LOVES to play matchmaker. She's currently obsessed with finding the perfect man for her friend Harriet. But what appears to be a simple task becomes a nightmare, as Emma's machinations set off a chain reaction of misunderstandings between a number of people. Things only worsen when Emma attempts to set things straight.
Emma may -- or may not -- succeed in finding a mate for her pal. But what's more important is that Emma will learn a few things about herself in the process.
Character Study |
Period Piece |
- Shown at the Seattle Film Festival June 7, 1996.
- Released theatrically in New York City August 2, 1996.
- Co-produced by Matchmaker Films and Haft Entertainment.
- Color by Eastmancolor.
- Additional cast: Edward Woodall (Robert Martin), John Franklyn Robbins (Mr. Cole), and Rebecca Craig (Miss Martin).
- Additional credits: Joshua Meath-Baker (art director); Totty Whately (set decoration).
- The film reportedly had a budget of $7 million.
- Actress Sophie Thompson is the sister of actress/screenwriter Emma Thompson, and Sophie's co-star Phyllida Law is the mother of both. Coincidentally, Emma Thompson adapted and starred in another film based on a Jane Austen novel, 1995's "Sense and Sensibility."