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Pride & Prejudice (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.6
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Bennet
Matthew Macfadyen Mr. Darcy
Talulah Riley Mary Bennet
Rosamund Pike Jane Bennet
Jena Malone Lydia Bennet
Carey Mulligan Kitty Bennet
Donald Sutherland Mr. Bennet
Brenda Blethyn Mrs. Bennet
Claudie Blakley Charlotte Lucas
Sylvester Morand Sir William Lucas
Judi Dench
Tom Hollander
Plot
Literary adaptations just don't get any better than director Joe Wright's 2005 version of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. The key word here is adaptation, because Wright and gifted screenwriter Deborah Moggach have taken liberties with Austen's classic novel that purists may find objectionable, but in this exquisite film their artistic decisions are entirely justified and exceptionally well executed. It's a more rural England that we see here, circa 1790 (as opposed to Austen's early 19th century), in which Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) is one of several sisters primed for marriage, with an anxious mother (Brenda Blethyn) only too desperate to see her daughters paired off with the finest, richest husbands available. Elizabeth is strong-willed and opinionated, but her head (not to mention her pride and prejudice) lead her heart astray when she meets the wealthy Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), whose own sense of decency and discretion (not to mention his pride and prejudice) prevent him from expressing his mutual affection. They're clearly meant for each other, and as Knightley's performance lights up the screen (still young enough to be girlishly impertinent, yet wise beyond her 20 years), Austen's timeless romance yields yet another timeless adaptation, easily on par with the beloved BBC miniseries that has been embraced by millions since originally broadcast in 1995. Individual tastes will vary as to which version should be considered "definitive," but with a stellar supporting cast including Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland, this impeccable production achieves its own kind of perfection. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Joe Wright (IV); Joe Wright
Producer Tim Bevan; Eric Fellner
Writer Jane Austen; Deborah Moggach
Studio Universal Studios
Country France
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 129 mins
Movie Release Date 11/23/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 590
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/3/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 025192807220
Release Date 2/28/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
A Bennet Family Portrait
Jane Austen, Ahead Of Her Time
Behind The Scenes At The Ball
Pride & Prejudice: HBO First Look
Commentary from director Joe Wright
Links
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