DVD - 1998
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Emma Woodhouse imagines that she dominates those around her in the small town of Highbury, but her inept matchmaking creates problems for herself and others.
Publisher: Montreal : Alliance Video, c1998
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Emma 3558fdvd 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Nov 09, 2018

As a lover of all Jane Austen's novels who enjoys many of the movie adaptations, I just couldn't like this one. The cast is overall very good, especially Alan Cumming as the smarmy Mr Elton and Toni Collette as Harriet, and the Bates mother and daughter are hilarious. The film is obviously big budget and has some beautiful outdoor scenes and great set design. But the story is presented as a light romantic comedy, with the painful and tragic parts glossed over - something all too common from screenwriters who don't understand Austen or can't take her seriously. The acting is deliberately cartoonish, and even the genuine personal crises come across as fluff. The made for TV versions may not be perfect, but I think they capture Austen's characters and story much better.

Everything is wrong with this 1996 Miramax Films version and it's possible to enjoy any of the other 3 film versions offered at the VPL. I believe a grave mistake was made in casting and the artistic presentation seemed out of step. I even tried to imagine the talented Gwyneth Paltrow (enjoy her role in "A Perfect Murder" instead) playing "Harriet" and the brilliant Toni Collette playing "Emma". I found no redeeming features in the filming, script or attitude of this misguided inferior movie version. All other VPL film versions castings are more true to the book.

Readers might enjoy these VPL books - (1) "Emma An Annotated Version" edited by Bharat Tandon (2) "Jane Austen at Home" by Lucy Worsley (3) "What Matters in Jane Austen? 20 Crucial Puzzles Solved" by John Mullan.

Aug 19, 2017

Sooooooo good!! Love it! Watch this one and DON'T watch the 2009 version.

May 03, 2017

The 1996 film, 'Emma', starring Gwyneth Paltrow, is a beautiful portrayal of Jane Austen's book. The story follows Emma as she tries successfully (and unsuccessfully) match-making her friends together and the trouble she gets herself into as a result. The acting is wonderfully done and the film brings about several laughs without being a comedy. It is a slower movie than other film adaptations of Jane Austen's novels. Despite this flaw, it is an enjoyable watch. I'll give it a 3 out of 5.
- @papertiger of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

It was one of the best movies I have seen in a while. No language, sex, or violence. Recommended. Well worth your time.

Dec 15, 2015

Good movie! Boys seem to not really like it though. My brother runs to his room when he hears we are going to watch it! LOL!

Aug 31, 2014

This is the best movie version of "Emma" I have seen. Great period piece to escape for a couple of hours. Beautifully designed costumes and sets--gives you a real feel for an elegance of another time. I highly recommend this movie.

Sep 28, 2013

They changed up the story a bit too much in this version for my liking, but I liked how Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed Emma. As a movie, its normal that they can't fit in the whole story just like in the book.

Jan 02, 2013

I saw the start of the movie
and I didnot like it I had stopped
this isnot for children to watch

Feb 21, 2012

Well done and amusing, but possibly not the truest to the the original. Paltrow is definitely confident, but not quite pushy enough.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Dec 15, 2015

ANABELLE H. PORTER thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

violet_butterfly_3906 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over


Add a Quote

Dec 15, 2015

" A party is a party, but a Christmas Eve Party!"


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at NPPL

To Top