Becoming Jane

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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

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

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


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Release Date: 10 August 2007

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

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,500,000


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

Gross: $37,311,672

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:
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.