Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

  |  Drama, Romance


Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) Poster

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.


4.8/10
215

Photos

  • Anne Baxter and Robert Powell in Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)
  • Richard Robbins and James Ivory in Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)
  • Sean Young and Anne Baxter in Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)
  • Anne Baxter and Robert Powell in Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)
  • Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)
  • Kurt Johnson in Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


13 August 2003 | Gerry-12
5
| A sad effort at what might have been good comedy.
It seems that a manuscript of Jane Austen's play "Sir Charles Grandison" was in fact discovered fairly recently. I have not read it, but I cannot believe that Ivory-Merchant-Jhabvala could really have understood it. Austen's young writings are brilliantly comic, but if there is anything funny in `Jane Austen in Manhattan' I missed it.

The film could have been a good satirical comedy. Maybe parts of it are funny to the Manhattan in crowd of the off-off-Broadway theatre, but you will have to know the participants in that activity a lot better than I do to enjoy this movie.

The central figure seems to be that played by Sean Young. James Ivory does not bring out any aspect of competence or charm this young woman may have, thus making the contest for her participation in the two competing efforts to produce a play pointless.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

The Europeans

The Europeans

Jefferson in Paris

Jefferson in Paris

The Bostonians

The Bostonians

Bombay Talkie

Bombay Talkie

The Householder

The Householder

Roseland

Roseland

Slaves of New York

Slaves of New York

Autobiography of a Princess

Autobiography of a Princess

The Boxer

The Boxer

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

Quartet

Quartet

Savages

Savages

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Drama | Romance

Head Back to School With Classic Movies and TV Shows

"The IMDb Show" hits the streets to find out which movies and TV shows about or set in schools are at the top of the class.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Join us Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for IMDb LIVE After the Emmys, with exclusive interviews, and more. Plus, see what IMDb editors are watching this month.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com