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Rival theater companies compete to produce their own unique versions of Jane Austen's childhood play, Sir Charles Grandison, in this delightful film from Merchant Ivory Productions. George Midash (Michael Wager) buys the play's manuscript at Sotheby's for Pierre (Robert Powell), the head of an avant-garde theater group. Another troupe, headed by the very traditional Lilianna Zorska (Anne Baxter), strives to produce their own version of the play. In her first film role, Sean Young co-stars as a young actress being manipulated by Pierre to join his company. When Lilianna decides to match wits with Pierre, events begin to mirror those occurring within the play itself. A brilliant ensemble cast, a witty screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and an inventive score by Richard Robbins all contribute to make Jane Austen an elegant entertainment.
Ann Baxter right on, but the rest, I gave the film to the local thrift store. Would not want to wish it on my worst enemy.Published 22 months ago by Christine C. Jensen
This was the worst movie that ever had the audacity to put the name of Jane Austen in the title. I may know little about film but this one is to be avoided! Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Amazon Customer