"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.
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).
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."
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