A lavish BBC production of Jane Austen's 1818 love story of an English officer pursuing the woman he loves through youthful rejection, long estrangement, and eventual, glorious reconciliation.
A prodigal baronet, the widowed Sir Walter Elliot lives with his daughters Anne and Elizabeth at Kellynch Hall. Anne, the younger of Elliot's unmarried offspring, is a comely, dutiful woman but a deeply melancholy soul. She's been heartbroken ever since Lady Russell, a trusted family friend, persuaded Anne to refuse the marriage proposal of naval officer Frederick Wentworth on account of his lack of fortune. Finding himself on the brink of financial ruin, Sir Walter Elliot rents out Kellynch Hall while he and the girls vacation at Bath. An ironic twist of fate brings the now wealthy Captain Wentworth and his relatives to the Elliot estate as seasonal tenants. So, Anne's beloved Frederick Wentworth enters her world once more. But there's no certainty love will bloom again.
Originally released on Easter Sunday in the UK by BBC for television. A BBC Films, WGBH/Mobil Masterpiece Theatre, Millésime Productions presentation.
"...An engaging adaptation..." - 04/01/1996 Premiere, p.130
"...Gorgeously directed, written and acted....A sharply witty, touching and vital romance..." - 10/19/1995 Rolling Stone, p.158
"...Witty and suspenseful, this PERSUASION is enthralling." -- Rating: A- - 10/20/1995 Entertainment Weekly, pp.48-9
"...[The film] carries a genuinely heady adrenaline rush....Root is terrific..." - 05/29/1995 Variety
"...Literate, sophisticated, bitingly funny, it's a Cinderella romance so delicious you want it never to end..." - 10/06/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...Michell's direction is] like a matter-of-fact record of the events under study. In that he reflects Austen's tone. The details are right..." - 10/27/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.34
"A stirring version of the Jane Austen novel....For those who love to travel back into timeless literature via the movies, there's no fresher place than this film..." - 12/06/2012 Wall Street Journal