Sir John Middleton, a cousin of the widowed Mrs. Dashwood, offers her a small cottage house on his estate, Barton Park in Devonshire and she and her daughters move in. It is here that Marianne meets the older Colonel Brandon, who falls in love with her at first sight. Competing with him for her affections is the dashing but deceitful John Willoughby, who steals Marianne's heart. When Brandon's ward is found to be pregnant with Willoughby's child, his aunt Lady Allen disinherits him. He moves to London, breaking Marianne's heart in the process.
Sir John's mother-in-law, Mrs. Jennings, invites her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, to visit, and they bring with them the impoverished Lucy Steele. Lucy confides in Elinor that she and Edward have been engaged secretly for five years, thus dashing Elinor's hopes of romance with him. Mrs. Jennings takes Lucy, Elinor, and Marianne to London, where they meet Willoughby at a ball. They learn he's engaged to the extremely wealthy Miss Grey, and the clandestine engagement of Edward and Lucy comes to light. Edward's mother demands he break off the engagement and, when he refuses, his fortune is taken from him and given to his younger brother Robert.
On their way home to Devonshire, Elinor and Marianne stop for the night at the country estate of the Palmers, who live near Willoughby. Marianne can't resist going to see him and walks five miles in a torrential rain to do so. As a result she becomes seriously ill and is nursed back to health by Elinor.
After Marianne recovers, the sisters return home. They learn Miss Steele has become Mrs. Ferrars and assume she is married to Edward, who arrives to explain he released Miss Steele from their engagement, after which she wed Robert instead. Edward proposes to Elinor and becomes a vicar, while Marianne falls in love with and marries Colonel Brandon.
Sense and Sensibility was filmed at several locations in Devon, including Saltram House, the village church in Berry Pomeroy, Compton Castle, and the cobbled streets of Barbican in Plymouth. Settings in London include Somerset House on The Strand, and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Additional scenes were filmed at Trafalgar House and Wilton House in Wiltshire, Mompesson House in Salisbury, and Montacute House in South Somerset.
The film was budgeted at $16,500,000. It grossed $42,993,774 in the US and $92,000,000 in foreign markets for a worldwide box office total of $134,993,774 .
In her review in the New York Times, Janet Maslin called the film "grandly entertaining . . . a sparkling, colorful and utterly contemporary comedy of manners . . . Emma Thompson proves as crisp and indispensably clever a screenwriter as she is a leading lady."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "entertaining and amusing" and "enjoyable, civilized, yet somehow not as satisfying as Persuasion . . . because the earlier film looked simpler and more authentic, and this one seems a little too idealized."
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle described it as "an exuberant, well-crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over . . . Taiwanese director Ang Lee might at first seem an unlikely choice to direct an adaptation from English literature. But he does it with the right balance of irony and warmth. The result is a film of great understanding and emotional clarity, filmed with an elegance that never calls attention to itself." Barbara Shulgasser of the San Francisco Examiner enthused, "What a glorious time is had by all in this wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen's novel . . . Ang Lee serves up this sweetmeat without fuss, without the super-seriousness of filmmakers awed by their literary material . . . [He] and Thompson create a world so believable in its absurd rigidity that we feel we have known these characters all our lives. We are unshakably interested in everything that happens to them. The movie is so intelligently wrought, and so full of good spirit that even those who have behaved badly are at the end given the chance to seem human and pained by their own weaknesses."
Todd McCarthy of Variety observed, "Thompson's script manages the neat trick of preserving the necessary niceties and decorum of civilized behavior of the time while still cutting to the dramatic quick. But she and Lee have always kept an eye out for the comedic possibilities in any situation, assisted by a highly skilled cast of actors, which, down to the most briefly seen supporting player, collectively seems to understand the wit and high spirits of the approach. The choice of Lee to direct this so specifically British and period film, and his great success in doing so, will no doubt be the source of much wonderment. Although his previously revealed talents for dramatizing conflicting social and generational traditions will no doubt be noted, Lee's achievement here with such foreign material is simply well beyond what anyone could have expected and may well be posited as the cinematic equivalent of Kazuo Ishiguro writing The Remains of the Day.
In Newsweek, Jack Kroll opined, "As writer and actress, Thompson has all the right Austen rhythms and filmmaker Ang Lee orchestrates with sensitivity and style. The screen teems with brilliant costumes and crackles with dialogue that turns English into verbal Mozart."
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