Sense and Sensibility is a British romantic drama that was written by Emma Thompson, who also played the role of Elinor Dashwood. The film was based upon the Jane Austen novel. Directed by Ang Lee, the movie also features Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Emilie Francois and Hugh Grant. When the story begins, Mr. Dashwood (played by Tom Wilkinson) has died and his daughters inherit merely 500 pounds a year. The rest of the estate is left to his son John from a previous marriage (played by James Fleet).
John and Fanny, his wife (played by Harriet Walter) move into the supersize home. Fanny has her brother Edward Ferrars (played by Hugh Grant) stay with them. She does not approve of the new friendship between Elinor and Edward and does her best to try to stop it.
Sir John Middleton (played by Robert Hardy) is a distant cousin of Mrs. Dashwood (played by Gemma Jones). She moves into a small cottage home on the estate with her daughters.
When Colonel Brandon (played by Alan Rickman) meets Marianne, he becomes immediately smitten. John Willoughby (played by Greg Wise) begins to compete for her and Marianne falls for him. On the day that she expects a marriage proposal, he leaves in a hurry for London.
Willoughby has impregnated Beth, the illegitimate daughter of former flame Eliza. As a result, Lady Allen, his aunt, decides to disinherit him immediately.
Elinor and Marianne stay the night at the Palmers' estate while on the way home to Devonshire. Willoughby lives nearby and Marianne decides to stop in to see him. She becomes very ill after getting caught in a terrible rainstorm. After being rescued by Colonel Brandon, Elinor nurses her back to health.
After recovering, Marianne and sisters return home. They are told that Miss Steele has married and is now Mrs. Ferrars, having married Robert unexpectedly. Edward proposes marriage to Elinor and becomes a minister. Marianne finally falls for and agrees to marry Colonel Brandon.