Sense and Sensibility

Emma’s role: Elinor Dashwood
Directed by: Ang Lee
Screenplay by: Emma Thompson
Original novel by: Jane Austen
Genre: Drama
Release date: US – 13 December 1995, UK – 23 February 1996

Other cast:
Kate Winslet – Marianne Dashwood
Hugh Grant – Edward Ferrars
Alan Rickman – Col. Christopher Brandon
Greg Wise – John Willoughby
Gemma Jones – Mrs. Dashwood
Harriet Walter – Fanny Ferrars Dashwood
Imelda Staunton – Charlotte Jennings Palmer
Hugh Laurie – Mr. Palmer
Tom Wilkinson – Mr. Dashwood

When Henry Dashwood dies unexpectedly, his estate must pass by law to his son from his first marriage, John and wife Fanny. But these circumstances leave Mr. Dashwood’s current wife, and daughters Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, without a home and with barely enough money to live on. The sisters struggle for economic survival and search for romantic fulfillment in a society obsessed with financial and social status and must learn to mix sense with sensibility in their dealings with both money and men.

Originally, there was to be a scene in which Hugh Grant would kiss Emma Thompson. This scene was deleted, however, because the film was too long already. They deleted another scene too because of the length.
Emma Thompson’s first draft of the screenplay consisted of 350 hand-written pages. The final draft was a culmination of that and 13 other drafts which were written over four and a half years.
While writing the screenplay for the film, Emma Thompson had sisters Natasha Richardson and Joely Richardson in mind for the roles of Elinor and Marianne.