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Emma (BBC, 1972)
BBC, 1972
Actors: Doran Godwin, John Carson, Donald Eccles, Constance Chapman, Ellen Dryden
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2004     4hr 30min

This bbc production set in the small town of highbury depicts the often hilarious attempts of miss emma woodhouse to make proper marital matches for all of her friends. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/22/2005 ...  more »

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Actors: Doran Godwin, John Carson, Donald Eccles, Constance Chapman, Ellen Dryden
Creator: Clare Douglas
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/24/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1972
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 4hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Amanda D. (sophiesperspective)
Reviewed on 2/13/2013...
Faithful for an adaptation

You know the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover?" Well, don't judge a movie by its cover either! While this adaptation runs longer than most movies (a solid 4 1/2 hours total) it was definitely worth seeing. The length of the film gave believability and depth the the characters, and while it first seems rather theatrical in delivery, it progresses more and more naturally, and some theatrical qualities are absorbed into the personalities of the characters themselves. This was a faithful film adaptation of the book. I was exceedingly gratified. It is obvious that this is an older film (it was made in '72) particularly in the outside scenes, but it is forgivable. I must say that the most endearing character is poor Mr. Woodhouse. The old gentleman is lovably laughable, or maybe its laughably lovable. Either way, his character came across marvelously. I do highly suggest you see this film, even if it is over four hours long.

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Wonderful and True Adaptation of Jane's Book
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the one for you if you love Jane Austen as much as I do. It is very faithful to the book. The acting is superb all around. Espcially in Emma and her father, Mr. Woodhouse. Basil Dingham does a terrific job playing the anxious and worrying Woodhouse.This Emma is not "flashy" like Paltrow's, but then that one took several major liberties. This one may take a little time to get into. But stick with it! It is definitely rewarding and fulfilling to watch Jane Austen's characters come to live as she intended. You feel like you have traveled back in time to the Regency Era."
Worth the wait.
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've seen all three film productions of Jane Austen's "Emma," and while all of them have merit, I appreciate that this version is the one that's closest to the book. I'll have to reread my copy of "Emma," but it seems to me as if this movie is taken verbatim from the book. Unlike the Gyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale Emmas, this movie takes a while to draw you in, but once you are drawn in--about the time Mrs. Elton (Ellen Dryden) appears--you're hooked. Dryden's portrayal of the hilariously vulgar Mrs. Elton is practically perfect. Doran Godwin, as Emma, sometimes seems a bit too prim, but she grows on you as the movie progresses. Debbie Bowen, as Harriet Smith, is certainly the best Harriet Smith of the three films. I also enjoyed Ellen Dryden's portrayal of Mrs. Weston, and the actor who plays Mr. Weston gives life to what is a very minor character in the other two movies. Also totally charming, and just as I imagined him is Donald Eccles' portrayal of Mr. Woodhouse. To sum up: you may feel impatient with this movie at first, but watching it to the end is worth the wait."
Definitely worth it!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I recently watched this series. I must admit that at first I wasn't sure whether I would like it -- it doesn't have the lush production values of some Austen adaptations - such as the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice or the Roger Michell film, Persuasion. However, the acting is superb and quite faithful to the book. I especially enjoyed Ms. Goodwin's portrayal of Emma - she manages to convey the complex nature of Emma's character. I also enjoyed the A&E version of Emma (even though it takes certain liberties with the story) - however, I really believe this version to be superior."