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Becoming Jane Details


Events from the life of the author Jane Austen inspired this romantic historical drama, which speculates of a romance that may have had a significant impact on her life and work. Twenty-year-old Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is the daughter of Rev. Austen (James Cromwell), a minister who looks after a flock in a small rural community in Southern England with his wife (Julie Walters). While her older sister, Cassandra (Anna Maxwell Martin), is engaged to be married, Jane resists her family's efforts to match her up with Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox), the wealthy but dull nephew of Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith), a minor member of the British nobility. Jane has the heart of an artist, and hopes to distinguish herself as a musician or a writer, though her parents don't think much of her prospects. When Jane meets Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), a young man her own age, she's intrigued; while he scoffs at her writing style, he clearly sees she has talent, and is eager for her to learn more of the larger world by exposing her to more daring literature and modern pastimes such as boxing. As Tom begins to court Jane, she finds herself increasingly attracted to this poor but keenly intelligent man, though she soon realizes her own ideas about love and marriage are sometimes at odds with the conventions of the society in which she lives. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 3, 2007


Anne Hathaway
as Jane Austen
James McAvoy
as Tom Lefroy
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Austen
James Cromwell
as Reverend Austin
Maggie Smith
as Lady Gresham
Lucy Cohu
as Eliza De Feuillide
Laurence Fox
as Mr. Wisley
Ian Richardson
as Judge Langlois
Joe Anderson
as Henry Austen
Leo Bill
as John Warren
Jessica Ashworth
as Lucy Lefroy
Eleanor Methven
as Mrs. Lefroy
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
as Robert Fowle
Guy Carleton
as Coachman
Philip Culhane
as George Austen
Helen McCrory
as Mrs. Radcliffe
Sophie Vavasseur
as jane Lefroy
Gina Costigan
as 3 Caroline
Chris McHallem
as Mr. Curtis
Lynda Lee
as Soprano
Donal O'Farrell
as Black Bob


Julian Jarrold
Graham Broadbent
Douglas Rae
Robert Bernstein
Sarah Williams
Kevin Hood
Eigil Bryld
Adrian Johnston
Composer (Music Score)
Emma E. Hickox
Eve Stewart
Production Designer
David McHenry
Art Director
James Saynor
James Flynn
Morgan O'Sullivan
Jeff Abberley
Executive Producer
Nicole Finnan
Executive Producer
Julia Blackman
Executive Producer
Tim Haslam
Executive Producer
Jenny Oman
Set Decorator
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
Costume Designer
Tom Johnson
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Blayney
Sound/Sound Designer
Luke Johnston
First Assistant Director
Jane Gibson
Gail Stevens
Gillian Reynolds
Paul Englishby
Ciaran Kavanagh
Second Unit Camera
John Lenehan
Musical Performer
Sandra Kelly
Key Hairstylist
Veronica Brebner
Veronica Brebner
Hair Styles
Jeanette McGrath
Script Supervisor
Mangus Hingerty
Location Manager
Andrew Jadavji
Associate Editor
Garret Baldwin
Mary Gough
Second Assistant Director
Vicci Wardman
Musical Performer
Cáit Collins
Production Coordinator
Marcia Crayford
Musical Performer
Nuala McKernan
Properties Master
Jim Shortall
Production Accountant
Paul Gooch
Paul Gooch
Hair Styles
Alistair Hopkins
Post Production Supervisor
Noëlette Buckley
Line Producer
Gabrielle Lester
Musical Performer
Anthony Pleeth
Musical Performer
Donal O'Farrell
Stunts Coordinator
Tapio Salmi
Hair Styles
Tapio Salmi
Ciaran Barry
Second Unit Camera
Ciaran Barry
Second Unit Director Of Photography