Stars: Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Greg Wise, Imogen Stubbs, Gemma Jones. Written by Emma Thompson. Directed by Ang Lee. Rated PG.

"Sense and Sensibility" is a glorious adaptation, by actress Emma Thompson, of the classic novel by Jane Austen. As picture perfect as a Merchant-Ivory production, the film glides effortlessly between drama, romance, and comedy. It's little wonder that this masterpiece got nominated for Best Picture by the Academy.

The Dashwood family falls on hard times when Mr. Dashwood dies suddenly. Daughters Elinor (Thompson) and Marianne (Kate Winslet) must be cautious with both their suitors and money, but Marianne has a harder time with this than her big sister. While Marianne falls for the dashing Willoughby (Greg Wise) and has Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman) pining for her, Elinor finds herself in an elusive romance with her sister-in-law's brother, Edward (Hugh Grant).

Well-acted, -directed, and -produced to say the least, "Sense and Sensibility" is a triumph of filmmaking. Fans of Jane Austen will not be disappointed with this charming adaptation.

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