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.
1996 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
Michael Howells - Production Designer
James Cosmo - Actor/"Braveheart
Alan Cumming - Actor/"Black Beauty"
Alan Cummings - Actor/"Black Beauty"
Douglas McGrath - American Screenwriter
Patrick Cassavetti - Producer
Greta Scacchi - Actress/In USA
Ewan McGregor - Scottish actor, TRAINSPOTTING
Gwyneth Paltrow - Oscar Winning Actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
John Franklyn Robbins
Rachel Portman - Composer
Jane Austen - British author, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Ruth Myers - Costume designer
Kathleen Byron - British Actress
Toni Collette - Actress/"Spotswood"
Phyllida Law - Scottish Actress, KINGDOM
Steven M. Haft - Producer
Angela Down - British TV Actress
Juliet Stevenson - British Actress
Karen Westwood - British actress
Sophie Thompson - Actress/"Twenty-One"
Jeremy Northam - Actor/"The Net"
Ian Wilson - Cinematographer
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.
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."
"...[Paltrow's] signature style of youthful country freshness and city-chick sophistication are used to good advantage....A sunny tea party..." -- Rating:B - 08/09/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.43
"Gwyneth Paltrow shines brightly as Jane Austen's most endearing character... - 06/17/1996 Variety
"...McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny....[EMMA] showcases Paltrow's talent, wit and daring..." - 08/22/1996 Rolling Stone, p.103-4
"...EMMA is a delightful film....Gwyneth Paltrow sparkles in the title role..." - 08/09/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33
"McGregor's part is small, but he hits his marks." - 05/01/2005 Premiere, p.112
"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." - 09/16/2011 Wall Street Journal