Write What You Know: Although Austen was already working on this story in the form of an Epistolary Novel, it was the first one she chose to submit for publication and did so shortly after her father's death—which left her, her mother, and her sisters entirely dependent on their brothers' charity. The main difference is that Austen's brothers were caring and responsible, unlike John Dashwood, but her household was still impacted when the brothers had financial difficulties.
Dawson Casting: Averted. Kate Winslet was still in her teens while playing Marianne, and Emma Thompson's Elinor was given an Age Lift.
Enforced Method Acting: The scene where Willoughby and Marianne shock the villagers with his wild driving was enhanced by Greg Wise's actual inexperience handling a carriage—he nearly knocked over the camera.
Directed by Cast Member: Emma Thompson was the head screenwriter for the film, for which she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Romance on the Set: Emma Thompson and Greg Wise (Willoughby) met during the shooting of this film. They have been married since 2003 and have two children together, a daughter born in 1999 and a son adopted in 2003.