Mansfield Park

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Overview

Freely adapted from a novel by Jane Austen, this period drama is set in the early 1800s, as a girl named Fanny Hannah Taylor Gordon is being raised by loving but desperately poor parents. Wanting a better life for Fanny, they send her away to live with her aunts, high-minded Mrs. Norris Sheila Gish and drug-addicted Lady Bertram Lindsay Duncan, who share an estate called Mansfield Park. Fanny joins the family at Mansfield Park, which includes Lady Bertram's husband Sir Thomas Harold Pinter, who made his money in ...
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Overview

Freely adapted from a novel by Jane Austen, this period drama is set in the early 1800s, as a girl named Fanny Hannah Taylor Gordon is being raised by loving but desperately poor parents. Wanting a better life for Fanny, they send her away to live with her aunts, high-minded Mrs. Norris Sheila Gish and drug-addicted Lady Bertram Lindsay Duncan, who share an estate called Mansfield Park. Fanny joins the family at Mansfield Park, which includes Lady Bertram's husband Sir Thomas Harold Pinter, who made his money in slaves and West Indian plantations; Sir Thomas's son Tom James Purefoy, an alcoholic; Tom's intelligent younger brother Edmund Jonny Lee Miller; and his two sisters, Julia Justine Waddell and Maria Victoria Hamilton. Fanny soon makes friends with Edmund, though she's shown little respect by the rest of the family. In time, Fanny grows to adulthood now played by Frances O'Connor and gains skill and poise as a horsewoman while developing her skills as an author. When the stylish but secretive siblings Henry and Mary Crawford Alassandro Nivola and Embeth Davidtz arrive at Mansfield Park, romantic sparks begin to fly; the two sisters fight over Henry, while Mary is soon engaged to wed Edmund -- to the disappointment of Fanny, who has fallen in love with him.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Director Patricia Rozema puts a refreshing spin on Jane Austen's most problematic novel by reconceiving its rather priggish heroine as a learned proto-feminist. Sent to live with her wealthy cousins, poor relation Fanny Price Frances O'Connor finds herself in an ideal situation to observe the upper-class marriage trade, allowing Rozema to foreground Austin's underlying theme of matrimony as slavery. Beautifully photographed by Michael Coulter, Mansfield Park has a strong sense of place, with each of the various locations an evocative representation of its occupants' inner lives. Although Fanny retains the unyielding moral code of the novel's heroine, the film alters her character by giving her livelier spirits and attributing to her bits of Austen's own writing, making her more palatable to the modern audience. The film benefits from an appealing performance by O'Connor, who heads a strong cast that includes an unsettlingly grotesque Harold Pinter and a charmingly self-involved Embeth Davidtz. By stripping away many of the novel's overlapping themes to focus on the slavery subtext, this provocative interpretation has a clarity and bite that the original's more subtle satire lacks.
All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Director Patricia Rozema's adaptation of Mansfield Park boldly goes where no Jane Austen film has gone before: the present day. Though set in the early 19th century, the film infuses its central character, Fanny Price (Frances O'Connor), with modern values and social attitudes. Apparently, Rozema thought the Miss Price of Austen's 1814 novel was a bit tame for today's audiences -- too retiring, too demure, too prim and proper -- so she shades Fanny with touches of derring-do and feminine vitality. But Rozema goes too far when she has Fanny and Mary Crawford (Embeth Davidtz), a beautiful visitor to Mansfield Park, exchange subtle glances suggestive of wayward desire. Nothing happens, and these silly encounters (which were never included or even hinted at in Austen's novel) have little to do with the overall plot. Nevertheless, this version of Mansfield Park is highly engaging, mostly due to O'Connor's acting. She is wonderful and electric, radiating charisma and charm as she parries her way through upper-class snobbery to prove that character comes from the soul, not social standing. In spite of Rozema's revisionism, there is enough of Austen in the film to please fans of drawing-room drama. For example, her cousins Julia (Justine Waddell) and Maria (Victoria Hamilton) are typical Austen featherbrains who want only one thing: a husband. In addition, her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram (Harold Pinter), and aunt, Mrs. Norris (Sheila Gish), sternly adhere to the conventions of the day about marriage and a woman's place in society -- in particular, Fanny's lowly place in their high society. Then there's Mary Crawford (Davidtz), a typical Austin gold digger who means to marry Sir Thomas' son Edmund (Jonny Lee Miller), an earnest ministerial candidate who is in love with Fanny but doesn't know it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 031398137740
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,218

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frances O'Connor Fanny Price
Jonny Lee Miller Edmund Bertram
Alessandro Nivola Henry Crawford
Embeth Davidtz Mary Crawford
Harold Pinter Sir Thomas Bertram
Lindsay Duncan Lady Bertram/Mrs.Price
Sheila Gish Mrs. Norris
James Purefoy Tom Bertram
Hugh Bonneville Mr. Rushworth
Justine Waddell Julia Bertram
Victoria Hamilton Maria Bertram
Sophia Myles Susan
Hilton McRae Mr. Price
Hannah Taylor-Gordon Young Fanny
Charles Edwards Yates
Technical Credits
Patricia Rozema Director, Screenwriter
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Andrea Galer Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Martin Walsh Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Lesley Barber Score Composer
Gail Stevens Casting
Trea Hoving Executive Producer
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Sarah Curtis Producer
Andrew Munro Art Director
Veronica Brebner Makeup
Colin Leventhal Executive Producer
David Aukin Executive Producer
Allon Reich Associate Producer
Jane Austen Source Author
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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/The Journey To Mansfield Park [5:18]
2. Fanny Arrives [5:18]
3. The Grand Tour [:33]
4. The History Of The World [3:41]
5. Horsing Around [3:34]
6. Updating Susie [1:34]
7. The Highly-Sought-After Crawfords [2:07]
8. A Home Theatrical [1:39]
9. Beauty Is More Than Skin-Deep [4:53]
10. How Flirting Leads To Marriage [10:37]
11. The Importance Of Men And Music [4:52]
12. The Ball [5:13]
13. Plans For The Future [4:13]
14. Refusing To Marry [3:32]
15. Fanny Returns Home [2:29]
16. Updating Fanny [6:26]
17. An Early-Morning Surprise [5:14]
18. Mr. Crawford Comes For Fanny [2:19]
19. Love Is In The Air [1:46]
20. Yes! I Will Marry You! [2:37]
21. A Change Of Heart [2:55]
22. Returning To Mansfield Park [1:50]
23. Everyone Returns To Care For Tom [2:32]
24. A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words [3:44]
25. Love Can Be Confusing [3:38]
26. Maria And Mr. Crawford Run Off [2:13]
27. Mary Crawford's So-Called Plans [2:15]
28. Only Time Will Tell [1:58]
29. It Could Have Turned Out Differently, But It Didn't [6:30]
30. End Credits [2:14]
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Bonus Material
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Was this really supposed to be Jane Austen?

    This is really for all you Austen junkies out there. If you're a watcher and not a reader, it'd be a pretty good movie. But for all of us people who read the books and then watch the movies, I'm basing my opinions on that. Firstly, to give them some credit, they pretty much followed the plot line. Of course they had to make it more "audience friendly". But some of my disappointments: they took out William (Fanny's brother), they never so deeply described Miss Crawford's character as the book, Fanny seemed very indecisive and scatter-brained when it came to Mr. Crawford's numerous offers, they added a bunch of stuff on slavery and made Sir Thomas (who was personally my favorite character after Fanny and Edmund) a mean, mean, very mean man. But number one on my list: they upped the scandal between Mr. Crawford and Maria. It was never certain of their relationship in the book, but in the movie it is VERY much known (just look at the rating and you'll understand-could a movie true to the book be PG-13?). Maybe I'm too hard on movies when they were books. But to me, it just seemed like Jane Austen would blush should she see her work put out this way! Austen's works should be sanctuaries, to never have to worry about filth in it! Yes, Austen put in scandals but never showed them like this movie did!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To all the critics out there...

    I really loved this movie, and I watched it the first time with the expectation that it would be different from the book, which we should all do when watching a movie adaptation of a book. Here is my take on some of the criticisms of the movie: 1: No William. I find that adaptations of novels need to trim down the number of characters so as not to confuse the audience. When reading a book, you can go back and review at your leisure who's who, while a film moves faster and you could be lost before you know you're lost. I actually liked how this movie fused William and Susan together as a symbol of the life Fanny left behind in Portsmouth and then later a marriage of her two lives when Susan comes to live at Mansfield Park. 2: Miss Crawford's character. True, she was not so obviously evil in the book, but Jane Austen made references as an omniscient narrator about some of her darker thoughts, e.g., Tom's possible death and Edmund's ascendancy to heir, which would have been lost if the screenplay did not have Miss Crawford actually speak those thoughts at some point. Again, the subtleties and complexities of the writing in a novel can get lost in a film that needs to keep moving to entertain an audience, so a film generally needs to be more to-the-point than its novel counterpart. The audience is invited to hate Miss Crawford and cheer on Fanny and Edmund, and my guess is that the director doesn't want anyone feeling sorry for Miss Crawford in the end. 3: Fanny's ambiguity over Mr. Crawford's proposal. This irritated me at first, but when I thought about it, I think it was necessary to the rest of the movie. I think the audience needs to see Mr. Crawford really angry, and a good reason for that, to understand why he shacks up with Maria later on. Once again, movies need to be more obvious than novels. To keep the story tight, Fanny needed to really piss off Mr. Crawford with her yes-I-mean-no attitude rather than just continuing to reject him and leaving the door open for hope in the future. 4: The slavery agenda. My thought here is, what else do you expect. Is anyone surprised at this point about a movie that takes a firmer stance against slavery than complacency and/or indifference? I think it also adds a bit of depth to Tom's character and makes him more likable than he was in the book, as the movie emphasizes that Tom, in spite of all of his follies, has noble motivations. 5 The nudity scene. Aside from the obvious sex-sells pitch, I think that this too, not surprisingly, to those of you who have read this far, is a symptom of a director choosing not to leave anything up in the air. By having Fanny walk in on Mr. Crawford and Maria, the movie makes a direct link between Fanny angering Mr. Crawford and Mr. Crawford returning to his scummy ways. Stylistically, there is a parallel in the way the two of them see each other the last three times: when she rejects him in her family's kitchen, when she sees him in the hall at Mansfield Park, and when she sees him last with Maria. I thought it was interesting how the look on his face stays the same, but hers is different each time, mirroring the change she sees in him with his growing resentment of her. At any rate, I've strayed far from my point, but the bottom line is that I think the emotional impact of the last scene with Fanny and Crawford was designed to finally answer the question of what kind of person is Mr. Crawford and what place does he have in this story. 6: Anything I've missed. It's a movie. It's not the novel. I highly doubt it was designed to be exactly like the novel. I will never tell anyone to watch this movie instead of the novel, as Mansfield Park is one of my favorites, but I will tell people to watch this movie for its own merits. I know I shouldn't try to push my philosophy on others, especially hardcore Austenites, but I really believe that you should watch a movie because you like the story and not because you want to see

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Jane Austen enthusiast

    The costumes and cinematography were wonderful. Also, I loved the actors' ability to "speak" volumes through their facial expressions. I believe Jane Austen would be proud of this film and would feel that it captured the essence of her characters.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mansfield Park

    Combines Fanny Price's life with Jane Austen's. Not true to the book, but a good movie all the same.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Nearly Unwatchable Even for an Austen Fan

    I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and the nineties brought a bumper crop of fine adaptations of her novels. This particular novel was a favorite of Austen's and of many an academic--I admit Mansfield Park is my least favorite of Austen's completed, mature novels. Nevertheless, even given I'm not as fond of the material as the novels that produced such wonderful adaptations as the Thompson Sense and Sensibility, I still think this is particularly gracelessly done. You get the feeling those involved in the film liked the material even less than I did--this feels forced, straining too hard to make the material modern and Fanny a modern heroine, and is a bore to watch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    It's CALLED Mansfield Park.

    But don't let the name fool you. It practically spits on all the finer points of Austen's beloved tale. If you've never read the book, you won't be as disappointed. But you also won't understand all the intricacies because it doesn't explain it well enough. As just a regular period piece, it's not too bad. I don't mind the plot differences (I expected them), but the overall theme and Fanny's love and longing for Edmund are practically nonexistant. I also don't appreciate the changes to Fanny's character. She's not Elizabeth Bennet or Jane Austen (seriously, Fanny writing novels?); she's quiet and underappreciated Fanny Price. There were also quite a few inaccuracies for the early 19th century setting in speech and acceptable behavior, among other things. It had many rather awkward moments. I don't recommend it unless you're just curious, like I was. I think the old BBC and the new Masterpiece Theatre version are both much better, though not as good as JA fans would like.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good But I Liked The BBC Version More!

    I bought the DVD for this version of Mansfield Park and I watched it and liked it but I prefer the 1986 BBC adaptation that starred Sylvestra Le Touzel as Fanny Price, that version seemed more authentic and as it was a longer movie much more of the story was told but despite that I like this version too and if you don't compare it to the book you may actually enjoy watching it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On it's own...

    I liked the move, and I love the book. But I would have to agree that the two are nothing alike. The movie adds a different spin on how the book could be interpreted, and it is just that, one person's interpretation. If you watch the movie with an open mind and know that it is not the same exact story as the book I believe you will enjoy it. However, if you are looking for a movie truer to Austen's story do not look here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boo!!

    This was a terrible adaption of the book. There were significant changes both to character and to plot that were not justified by the need to condense a good-sized novel down to a movie. Take it from a woman with a Bachelor's of Literature: don't waste your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not like Jane Austen

    After fully enjoying the film adaptations of Pride & Prejudice (Collin Firth), Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson) and Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) we were excited to view Mansfield Park. As the movie began we had an uncomfortable feeling with the camera angles and inappropriate looks of some of the actors, but kept on because: how could you misinterpret a Jane Austen book? Her books are to make the reader a better person with high public and private virtue. The movie continued to get worse and then went so far as to have a nudity scene. Off went the movie and up went the anger for the disrespect someone could give to a great author and a viewing public. I hope we can save another family from viewing this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Disappointment

    Sadly, the only similarities between the book and the movie are the names of the characters. Many important elements of the plot were left out, the movie does not give a good sense of elapsed time, and the personality of Fanny, the main character, went from being quiet, calm, and reserved in the book, to loud, wild, and spirited in the movie. While under other circumsances, this might be appreciated, the book focuses on Fanny's selflessness and respect for others. There are many other large discrepancies between the book and the movie, including some things that certainly would have made Jane Austen turn in her grave. The movie overall wasn't as bad as it could have been, but cannot be compared to the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE.

    If you have read the book you are in for GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT!!!It seems to me the movie is focused on sexy instead of following Jane's precise descriptions. They should have read the book more carefully with great imaginations. Perhaps they did not understand what they read. In the book, Fanny was humble and quite but the movie made her look wild and too outspoken. There was no emotion in her letters because she was looking into the camera. The other characters were just out of touch. The father was an insult and the older brother was too rude...nothing like the book!! I WAS DISAPPOINTED!!! Too bad we have to rate it or we would be unable to submit our comments. It would have had none from me.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    One is enough

    The movie is well done & the performances are good, the story just doesn't have much to it, which is not the movie's fault, just is what it is. After you've seen it once, there's no need to see it again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Jane Austin's Mansfield Park comes to life . . .

    After reading a collection of Seven Jane Austin Novels, I embarked on collecting the enactments of her writings in the film genre. Mansfield Park is my last aquisition. The cast is well chosen, and I especially love the actress that plays the morally upright Fanny Price. The movie over all stays quite true to the book and gives a great sense of being there. It was in the movie that I better understood the diconomy between the run down seaside hovel filled to bursting with Fanny's siblings and the grandness and vastness of her Uncle's estate. This presentation of the Jane Austin story has a modern sensibility and gives a new perspectve on the times and the history that surrounds the story. I understand that the movie timeframe will not allow all the scenes of the book to develop the subtleness and complexity of feelings for each love triangle, but it presented the most prominite scenes with such flirty fun, you can't help but pick up on the plot intricacies. If you love reading Jane Austin, I highly recommend you get to know the characters in living color with this film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good adaptation for any Jane Austen fan.

    Enjoyable movie, in keeping with the nature of the Austen novel.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mansfield Park

    I have seen two versions of this movie. Between the two I like this one best. The emotions of the main character in some scenes are impressive... and the male character... Why does it take them so long to realize they're in love? Typical chickflick I guess. Still it's a good watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    liked it for what it was

    This movie came out while i was working on my Bachelors in British Lit. One of my professors knew the director Patricia Rozema. She said that because Jane Austen had once said that she most identified with her character Fanny Price (out of all of her other heroines,) that she adapted her version of Fanny to also portray elements of Jane Austen's personality (at least what we can gather to be her personality from her letters and other writings.) I guess because I knew this before watching the film, I had no great expectations. Typically, I'm a purist and I hate it when films stray too far from the text. But I found it interesting on her take of Jane Austen's personality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    I love the book and the movie!! Though they do not always follow the same path, the movie is amazing in it's own sense. I have seen at least one adaption of all of Jane Austen's published works that are out and this is one of the finest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mansfeild Park

    The older movie was a good story but I fell asleep watching it!! This newer version of Mansfeild Park was great. I watched it twice in a row! I really liked the actors because they fit the parts so well. It was a good story to begin with and this movie made it 10 times better. I highly reccomend this movie if you want a good story and a good plot!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    A Sad Disappointment

    An avid reader of Jane Austen novels, I truly enjoy the film adaptations. With disapointment I watched this movie unfold with characters and events being portrayed in a very different style than Miss Austen ever intended. If you're looking for movies that are perfectly in line with Miss Austen's writings, check out A&E's version of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion (the newer edition) and Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

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