Becoming Jane

August 10th, 2007


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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.9/10 (21,522 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Julian Jarrold

Stars: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters

The year is 1795 and young Jane Austen is a feisty 20-year-old and emerging writer who already sees a world beyond class and commerce, beyond pride and prejudice, and dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable - marrying for love. Naturally, her parents are searching for a wealthy, well-appointed husband to assure their daughter's future social standing. They are eyeing Mr. Wisley, nephew to the very formidable, not to mention very rich, local aristocrat Lady Gresham, as a prospective match. But when Jane meets the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy, sparks soon fly along with the sharp repartee. His intellect and arrogance raise her ire - then knock her head over heels. Now, the couple, whose flirtation flies in the face of the sense and sensibility of the age, is faced with a terrible dilemma. If they attempt to marry, they will risk everything that matters - family, friends and fortune.

Writers: Jane Austen, Kevin Hood

Anne Hathaway - Jane Austen
James McAvoy - Tom Lefroy
Julie Walters - Mrs. Austen
James Cromwell - Reverend Austen
Maggie Smith - Lady Gresham
Anna Maxwell Martin - Cassandra Austen
Lucy Cohu - Eliza De Feuillide
Laurence Fox - Mr. Wisley
Ian Richardson - Judge Langlois
Joe Anderson - Henry Austen
Leo Bill - John Warren
Jessica Ashworth - Lucy Lefroy
Eleanor Methven - Mrs. Lefroy
Michael James Ford - Mr. Lefroy
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor - Robert Fowle

Taglines: Between sense and sensibility and pride and prejudice was a life worth writing about.


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 10 August 2007

Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,500,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: £649,323 (UK) (11 March 2007) (325 Screens)

Gross: $37,311,672 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During the shooting of the opening scene, the piano that Jane plays was not working. The sound was later matched to Anne Hathaway's fingering.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jane says that a country dance is called after the French 'contredanse', she has it the wrong way round: the French word is derived from the English word.

Henry Austen: Careful, Jane, Lucy is right. Mr. Lefroy does have a reputation.
Jane Austen: Presumably as the most disagreeable
Jane Austen: "... insolent, arrogant, impudent, insufferable, impertinent of men. "
Jane Austen: [pauses] Too many adjectives.

User Review

Loved It

Rating: 9/10

I thought it was a great story and very well cast. I didn't enter the theatre with expectations of learning the truth about Jane Austen's world, who was in it and what made her tick. I understood the movie was loosely based on the life of Jane Austen. The writers have simply devised a beautiful and clever story from only a small shred of evidence that there was a true love in her life. From what I gather the movie was really meant to be an fictional intervention in her life devised from what was known of her. I thought Becoming Jane was funny, beautifully shot and it made me giddy with lust over McEvoy. I loved the sexual energy and meeting of the minds between the love interests. I saw quite a few parallels between this story and Jane's novels. I really believe that Jane would absolutely adore this version, if not find it amusing how it was crafted. I do agree that to create a story about a much loved female author is risky territory, as there are devoted fans of Austen's who are looking for a representation that they personally feel fits their idea of what motivated her as a writer.