Jane Eyre

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Screen newcomer Ruth Wilson assumes the role of Charlotte Brontë's eponymous heroine in director Susanna White and screenwriter Sandy Welch's adaptation of the classic 1847 novel. Jane Eyre is a plain but spirited woman who leaves behind the cruel confines of a charity home to work as a governess for the enigmatic Edward Rochester Toby Stephens. The master of Thornfield Hall, Rochester hires Jane to watch over the young Adele. As a series of increasingly strange occurrences begin to unfold in Thornfield Hall's ...
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Screen newcomer Ruth Wilson assumes the role of Charlotte Brontë's eponymous heroine in director Susanna White and screenwriter Sandy Welch's adaptation of the classic 1847 novel. Jane Eyre is a plain but spirited woman who leaves behind the cruel confines of a charity home to work as a governess for the enigmatic Edward Rochester Toby Stephens. The master of Thornfield Hall, Rochester hires Jane to watch over the young Adele. As a series of increasingly strange occurrences begin to unfold in Thornfield Hall's North Tower, the young governess attempts to maintain her virtue while entering into a soulful relationship with her unrepentantly lecherous employer.
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This acclaimed 2006 adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's sweeping romantic novel features Ruth Wilson as the titular heroine and Toby Stephens as her romantic interest, Edward Fairfax Rochester. Originally aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in January 2007, the BBC-WGBH Boston co-production runs nearly four hours, affording an even richer interpretation of the text than the landmark 1944 film version featuring Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles. It remains, of course, the story of a young orphan girl who eventually finds true love and happiness as an adult. The Chronicles of Narnia's Georgie Henley stars as young Jane, who is orphaned and placed in the care of her cruel aunt. Ridiculed and hated by her family, she is sent to live at a school for girls, where she blossoms despite her dreary surroundings. Eventually, Jane (Wilson) rises to the position of teacher and finds work at Rochester's manor, tutoring his daughter. Taciturn and sullen, Rochester nevertheless grows attached to Jane and begins opening up to her. Jane is likewise attracted to the handsome master of the house and dreams of marrying him. But life -- and love -- in 19th-century England is always fraught with difficulties, and in Jane's case that involves a mysterious brother-in-law, a long-lost cousin, a dead uncle's fortune, and separation from Rochester. To the film's considerable credit, the inevitable romantic outcome is handled with passion and style.
Hollywood Reporter - Barry Garron
...breathtaking cinematography. Scene after scene transports viewers across time and space to a place made vivid and real.
Wall Street Journal
...the new Jane Eyre may be the truest to the novel precisely because it brings closer to the surface the passion Ms. Bronte herself only dared to hint at. -- Nancy deWolf Smith
USA Today - Dennis Moore
From sweeping shots of the English countryside through all seasons to intimate scenes in the recesses of the manor house, this adaptation of Jane Eyre shows off a richness American TV projects rarely attempt.

...the new Jane Eyre may be the truest to the novel precisely because it brings closer to the surface the passion Ms. Bronte herself only dared to hint at. -- Nancy deWolf Smith
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • UPC: 783421416192
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ruth Wilson Jane Eyre
Toby Stephens Edward Rochester
Francesca Annis Lady Ingram
Christina Cole Blanche Ingram
Pam Ferris Grace Poole
Georgie Henley Young Jane Eyre
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masterpiece Theatre: Jane Eyre
1. The Red Room [6:46]
2. Taken Away [8:39]
3. Invitation to Thornfield [9:44]
4. Meeting Rochester [15:39]
5. Adéle's Picnic [13:48]
6. Bedroom Fire [14:31]
7. Rochester's Return [15:17]
8. Ghosts and Games [13:51]
9. A Cry In the Night [9:29]
10. Leave of Absence [6:52]
Disc #2 -- Masterpiece Theatre: Jane Eyre
1. Visiting Mrs. Reed [14:20]
2. Return to Thornfield [11:26]
3. An Earnest Proposal [10:29]
4. Going to Town [9:04]
5. Wedding Day [11:25]
6. A New Life [13:15]
7. Last Night at Thornfield [14:24]
8. One Year Later [11:30]
9. Coming Back [10:30]
10. A New Arrangement [8:02]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Favorite Book, Favorite Movie Rendition

    Really appreciate this particular movie version of this book. Can watch it again and again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The best Jane Eyre I've ever seen

    This is my absolute favorite Jane Eyre film. The casting is perfect (Toby Stephens lends just the right amount of sexiness and intrigue to Mr. Rochester and Ruth Wilson is perfect as meek but still spunky Jane) and the script remains loyal to the book. Definitely a must see!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Romanticism

    While this tends to skirt over the symbolic aspects of Charlotte Bronte's literary work... I find that this is one of the better takes on trying to bring this utterly romantic and ahead of its time tale to the screen. I recommend it fully to anyone who likes to watch longer adaptions of well written historical dramas that end happily in the end~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Jane Eyre is far more appealing than the one I imagined when I read the novel.

    I loved the chemistry between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. Until I viewed this version, the attraction never seemed quite plausible to me. This Jane is a woman with strength and humor as well as intellect. Bravo!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An insult to Charlotte Bronte

    Reading the numerous positive reviews of the 2006 production of "Jane Eyre" one could be led to expect the definitive version of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel. It is not. Of all the Jane Eyre adaptation this is by far the worst and diametrically opposed to the Dalton/Clarke version of ’83, which remains the only true, the definitive Jane Eyre. Although the length of this adaptation would allow for great faithfulness to the novel, many of the novel's most crucial scenes are either deleted, severely changed or replaced by scenes which have nothing whatever to do with the novel. The same goes for the language: The novel has become immortal for the unsurpassed beauty and originality of the dialogues between Rochester and Jane. In the 2006 version however, nearly all the novel's beautiful lines have been substituted with trite and stupid ones. And if this were not already bad enough, also the characters are portrayed in a way as to make you wonder if anybody of the cast and crew ever cared to read the novel. Toby Stephens in particular does not resemble at all the charismatic, masterful, imperious, moody and irresistible Rochester of the novel. Where are Rochester's torment, his regrets about his past, his struggle with his conscience, and where is his wit? Played by Toby Stephens, the attractive, complex and three-dimensional character of the novel has become a one-dimensional weakling. Ruth Wilson tries her best, but neither does she physically fit the part of the small and elfin-like Jane, nor does the bold, self-confident and outspoken young female she portrays render the true character of the novel's shy and guarded heroine. Furthermore, instead of showing the subtle gradual development of the special relationship between the main characters - a love born out of the affinity of souls - the filmmakers just emphasize the sexual attraction between Rochester and Jane, thereby reducing one of the most complex and interesting love relationships in English literature to high school movie level. Apparently the filmmakers considered the emphasis on the sexual element as an appropriate means of modernizing the novel and securing the interest of a younger and supposedly shallow audience in the story. And this is exactly the main offence of this production: Of course every director is perfectly free to adopt a novel according to his or her own notion, to change the plot, change the dialogues, change the characters and to call that film "Jane Eyre" - but to set that movie in the period of the 1850ies and to completely disregard that period's language and behaviour, etiquette and sense of decency is just plain bad movie making. This Jane Eyre is a silly soap opera in the disguise of a period movie in which the actors talk and behave as if they had been put in the costumes of the 1850ies by mistake. As a period drama it is complete failure - as an adaptation of Jane Eyre it is a slap in the face of its author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    This is the BEST Jane Eyre ever created. Period. It knocks out a

    This is the BEST Jane Eyre ever created. Period. It knocks out all the other versions. If you are a fan, you should love this. My only qualm is that Toby Stephens is a little too attractive still even after the fire, but I got over that rather easily. Ruth Wilson was just spectacular as Jane Eyre, and finally they've picked someone to play her that isn't overly Hollywood gorgeous but has another sense of beauty radiating from within, I just loved her!!!!!!!! You will want to buy this one and add it to your library for sure!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    My favorite Jane Eyre will probably still be the film with Orson

    My favorite Jane Eyre will probably still be the film with Orson Welles. There is no better Mr. Rochester. However, this film kept true to the book and I am a purist at heart and like that you get the whole story. The acting is wonderful and the cinema is superb. I highly recommend this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    It's a pity when someone thinks they can improve upon a masterpiece.

    Changing a story, adding to it, changing dialogue to suit your whim and stroke your own ego is not how you should treat a work of masterpiece.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    From the Page to the Screen

    This is by far the best rendition of Charlotte Bronte's, "Jane Eyre." This version includes most all of the key scenes from the book, without seeming too long. Jane (played by Ruth Wilson) has more depth in this film than in other version I've seen. Wilson truly captures the complexity of the character with an exquisite subtlety. Toby Stephens, who portrays the formidable Rochester, is so convincing and yet he still shows the softer side of his character. The supporting cast is excellent and only further strengthens the story.

    This is a true love story filled with sorrow, pain, and hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    THE Best Version Of Jane Eyre (Buy it and u won't regret it!)

    I had to read Jane Eyre for my English course (women in literature) and ever since I read it, I've been obsessed! I decided to watch this version on youtube and I was blown away! I bought the dvd the very next day because I just needed to see it again and again (which I have). The acting is superb; Toby and Ruth have phenomenal chemistry and played their parts so well-- everyone did actually. It gets me every time when Ruth can't control herself anymore just before Edward proposes. It's very believable and powerful and moving. Both of them really get into their characters and understand their characteristics. It would have been really cool if the gypsy woman was actually Rochester than an actual woman, although I didn't complain as much when I saw that it was Anne Reid (who I adore). This is not a completely faithful rendition, but you can easily forgive that because of the beautiful acting, setting and of course the length of the miniseries. In my opinion, in order for a film adaptation of Jane Eyre to be accurate-it must be long. It has to be long to cram in all of the details and aspects that show the growing romance between Jane and Rochester. If its not long enough then the initial story doesn't come across-which is why most of the renditions failed miserably. If you are a fan of the book, then please buy this! Believe me, you will not regret it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Jane Eyre is very inspirational to me and I have shared this movie with many friends and family. Charlotte Bronte's classic allows us to see how people who experience hardships & adversities in their lives become stronger & loving.

    Jane Eyre as a child was treated as Cinderella by her wicked stepmother with contempt for her talent and her skills something that her children did not possess. The Stepmother depised her so she lied and called her a liar when Jane Eyre told her that she did not abide by her father's wishes to treat her equally as her own children. She was then sent to an orphanage where she befriended another girl who was like an guardian angel who gave her important information to advertise to get out someday.
    After reaching the age of 18, and after tutoring the other girls she received a letter that would change her life. She accepts a governess position at Thornfield Hall where she wins the hearts of Adelle, and Ms. Fairchild, and George, and Mr. Rochester. I particulary like the way she met Mr. Rochester as he arrives home after his overseas travel, and how he kept his identity a secret until he returned home. Their second meeting in his study was one where you knew that there would be romance in the air. Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson were both excellent in their acting skills, along with the setting made this movie one where you didn't want to miss a minute of it. Another key point for me where I knew he was going to fall in love with her if when she met him a third time and he wanted to get to know about her background, and she smiled for the first time. He asked her if he was handsome, and she said, "No Sir", but she said that she spoke to hastily, and she said, "What I mean it is the inner man, and not the outer shell that denotes a man's character". Jane Eyre was unlike any of the women he was drawn to in the past, that led to nothing but heartache, and pain. When she found out about his past, she fell in love with him after she found out about the affair that made him the guardian of Adelle, the french girl that was left in the hotel room by his french lover. Even though he was not the father, he brought her home and took care of her. This is much like what he did for Jane Eyre. He rescued her from the orphanage life, and gave her a governess position. I admired Jane Eyre for her ability to bounce back after so much pain in her life. She was able to touch so many people in her life as a result of her hardships. Another key point for me is when he had a party and invited other women to make Jane jealous, and he went so far as to hire fortune teller to try and bring out secrets in Jane to make her confess to loving him, this was so hillarous. He was actually showing Jane that Blanche was not his choice for his wife, but he loved her. When he finally asked her to marry him, and she consented, I was so happy until someone stepped forward and destroyed their plans. He finally admitted to having a mentally ill wife that tricked him into marriage, along with her brother, and his own father. Jane learned about the red silk scarf that always hung from the mystery north tower. Her fears are confirmed, and forcing Jane to flee Thornfield. Penniless and hungry, she finds shelter & friendship in the shape of a kind clergyman & his family. The clergyman told her that he and his 2 sisters were her counsins and he informed her of an inheritance (20,000 pounds)which she shared with them. She also refused his proposal of marriage because she heard a voice that sounded like Mr.Rochester. She met him blind with George, pilate, and they got married. A family portrait was taken at the end.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Rendition of Jane Eyre!!

    I LOVED this movie!! I think that it is by far the best rendition of Jane Eyre I've ever seen. The music is hauntingly beautiful and the story line is passionate and engrossing with a sweet ending. I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Like this more than the movie.

    I remember seeing a scene of this on TV (can't remember which one to be honest) and then later the movie. I finished watching this one and must say that I like this better than the movie. The directing, the actors, the settings is great. Especially Ruth as Jane who reminded me so much of Liv Tyler and Anna Paquin (who was in the movie as the young Jane). In this of course its the story of Jane when she was young being sent to a school after being mistreated by her aunt and cousins then later as an adult now a governess and meeting Mr. Rochester. Toby as Rochester surprised for me some reason but at the same time he was just great playing the character. I noticed some scenes that were in the film and others that were not or well just played out differently. At times it felt like a horror movie, especially the beginning and of course the "red room." I like the story and the characters and by seeing this and the movie makes me want to read the book even more. That's how much I like this version and if I were to see this again. I would. Honestly recommend this and the movie even if you read the book or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely the best Jane Eyre produced.

    I have seen then all over the years and this Masterpiece production reproduces close to the original book which I reread after seeing this interpretation. Toby Stephens evens outshines Orsen Wells and Jane Wilson plays Eyre with a feeling of calm and depth that reflects the author's intent. Some of the actual conversations from the book reproduced verbatim giving life to the text. I have replayed it about 20 times already.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This Production brings Jane Eyre to life with style and substance!

    I nearly always prefer the book version to any movie made in its likeness but this movie is an exception. While Jane Eyre the novel is an excellent read, this movie manages to be even better than the book while still staying remarkably true to the characters and plot. The actors are superbly fitted to their roles and the setting suits the mood impeccably well. You certainly don't need to be a fan of Jane Eyre the novel in order to enjoy this movie, as there is plenty of romance and adventure to satisfy almost any viewer.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Loved it.

    I loved this movie. I have seen the other vision of Jane Eyre. This one blows them all out of the water by far. Even though it was a 5 hour movie I loved it. I would recommend this movie to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth owning. Great acting and music.

    After seeing two other versions of this book (the Timothy Dalton version and William Hurt version) this is by far my favorite. Ruth Wilson is perfectly cast, a a great actress for a newcomer. She was nominated for a BAFTA award and deserved it. Toby Stephens is awesome, and gives Rochester the right amount of gruffness and cynical humor, and he's nice to look at, too. Although this version does not follow the book very faithfully, I love what the screenwriters did with it. Very entertaining and satisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    The first time I watched this version, I didn't like it. The story follows the novel, but the dialogue was vastly different. On the advice of a review on this website, I watched it a second time. It was then that I really noticed the beautiful, sweeping musical score...it's magnificant. I decided this version is really very good although much license is taken with the dialogue, and it's more sexualized than the original story. Granted, I still think the Timothy Dalton version is truer to the novel as is the 70's version starring Michael Jayston, but I would recommend this version to Jane Eyre fans as a very good interruptation. Enjoy the music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You can't watch it just once

    Stumbled on this on PBS while channel surfing recently and was instantly hooked. The gripping cinematic storytelling and emotional acting of this adaptation are absolutely captivating. Sure, those who love the book will quibble over details, but film is a different medium. I'd also like to mention how spooky Thornfield looked at night (long, dark halls lit only by candles). After getting the DVD and watching it again, I read the book (over a long weekend - couldn't put it down!) and was even more impressed with how adeptly the creative team behind this production transferred the story to film. They had to cut and compress events for a four hour film, and they really keep the story moving. The acting is gripping, the emotions are so honestly portrayed, they really draw you in (I swear you can actually see Jane "thinking"). Favorite scenes: after the "first" fire, the reunion after the "second" fire, Jane getting "big news" from St. John. Above all, it's just such a wonderful love story with a moral backbone. If you've never read the book or seen another version of Jane Eyre, start here and enjoy some genuine "adult entertainment."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    I've seen every adaptation of Jane Eyere ever made and I must say that this is trully the stongest. The director wisely stays true to the story but adds a little more sexiness for the modern audience. If you watch one version of this incredible story watch this one. If you haven't already, it will inspire you to read the book.

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