Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

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Cast: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Francesca Annis, Christina Cole

     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
UPC:
0783421416192
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:48:00

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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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Jane Eyre 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
jadiehl More than 1 year ago
Really appreciate this particular movie version of this book. Can watch it again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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~
FillePeregrine More than 1 year ago
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!
Rachael-Forsyte More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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i loved the movie. i am now going to go get the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen 3 Jane Eyre adaptations previous to this-- my favorite (prior to this version) being the Franco Zeffirelli. However, this production far surpassed any other Jane Eyre! Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens were absolute perfection. The script, the actors, the cinematography were breathtaking. And for once we have a passionate relationship between Jane and Rochester that is fraught with sexual tension! This is a love story after all. I just cannot say enough about this production. Highly, highly recommended!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great love story, Jane Eyre is the epidomy of loving and losing, and loving again. I was amazed at the detail, the actors,and the story line, which was followed very well. Jane and Edward bring you into the movie, and their all-to-real lives. I only wish that love could feel as real as what was between those two in that movie. I wish all couples in love to see Jane Eyre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this version a passionate retelling of the story that may be a little subdued for today's audience when reading the original book. I love the story either way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Jane Eyre. It was quite accurate to the book, and I thought the acting was superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe this movie was not 100% completely like the novel, but then again, it's the Brontes. The movie, however, is astonishing especially how the actors convey feeling through their simple sight and the camera angles are at the precise place. We can feel the intense passion eventhough Jane and Mr. Rochester may be ten feet apart. This movie is worthwhile and the English countryside scenes are just breathtaking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully scripted adaptation. The characters conveyed their own mysterious plots that really draw you in. I'll watch this over and over again!