Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

4.5 393
Director: Joe Wright

Cast: Joe Wright, Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Brenda Blethyn


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Jane Austen's perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes returns to the screen in this polished film adaptation. The Bennets (Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland) are the parents of five daughters near the close of the 18th century. Comfortable within their means but well short of rich, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are looking for suitable… See more details below

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Jane Austen's perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes returns to the screen in this polished film adaptation. The Bennets (Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland) are the parents of five daughters near the close of the 18th century. Comfortable within their means but well short of rich, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are looking for suitable husbands for their girls, and they are encouraged to learn that an eligible young bachelor from a wealthy family, Charles Bingley (Simon Woods), has moved into a nearby estate. Eager to see if a match can be made, the Bennets bring their daughters Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Jane (Rosamund Pike) to a ball thrown by their new neighbor to see if sparks will fly. Jane seems to like Charles, and he appears to feel the same, but Elizabeth takes an immediate dislike to Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), Charles' egocentric best friend. While Elizabeth is infatuated with military man Lt. Wickham (Rupert Friend) and finds herself courted by William Collins (Tom Hollander), a well-meaning but drab man of the cloth, fate causes Elizabeth and Darcy to frequently cross paths, and while they don't care for one another, they can't stop thinking about each other, either. Pride & Prejudice also stars Jena Malone, Judi Dench, and Penelope Wilton.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Jane Austen's much-beloved novel about five sisters in Georgian England has been adapted to the screen numerous times, both officially and unofficially, but never with quite a much verve as this version from director Joe Wright. The lion's share of that verve can be attributed to the performance of Keira Knightley, whose energetic portrayal of feisty, independent Elizabeth Bennet is a delight from first frame to last. She's the second-oldest sibling, much different than her sisters and, according to her mother, probably the least likely to attract a suitor. There seems to be something between Elizabeth and a stolid fellow named Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), but it's certainly not love -- she claims at one point that she will "loathe him for all eternity." But that's before events take a surprising turn and the taciturn young man ingratiates himself with the family. Due to its fairly large contingent of characters, Pride & Prejudice boasts an unusual array of plot complications, but Wright, working from an unusually cogent adaptation by screenwriter Deborah Moggach, effortlessly glides over the story's rough patches and keeps his storyteller's eye trained at all times on Elizabeth, around whose intoxicating personality much of the intrigue revolves. From both visual and technical standpoints, there's nary a flaw in this well-produced period romance, and with the radiant Knightley appearing in a character that plays to her strengths as a performer -- the conveyance of passion, determination, and generosity of spirit -- this Pride & Prejudice becomes a joyous viewing experience.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Like Douglas McGrath's version of Emma, Joe Wright's 2006 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice works beautifully because it throws off the weight of the novel's immense popularity in order to focus on the human story at the heart of the tale. Instead of staying scrupulously faithful to the source material -- and really, what would be the point of even attempting such a thing after the definitive BBC version starring Colin Firth -- Wright streamlines the story without sacrificing much of the color. His observant, roving camera flows from person to person throughout the film's many party scenes, providing important glimpses into the action going on in the background while the main story marches forward. These sequences are technically superb, and contextually modest as they never stray from the narrative. Wright's choice for Elizabeth Bennet, the strong-willed daughter, could not have been more apt considering his approach to the material. Keira Knightley does an impressive job of bringing the beloved heroine to life, carrying herself with confidence as well as a playful twinkle in her eye so as to always seem modern for Ms. Bennet's time, rather than her own. The film includes solid work from Donald Sutherland, Judi Dench, Jena Malone, and especially Matthew MacFadyen as the prickly but loyal Darcy. These actors conspire with Wright to provide Knightley the kind of support that allows her to shine at the center of this charming, well-made entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Focus Features
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Bennet
Matthew MacFadyen Mr. Darcy
Brenda Blethyn Mrs. Bennet
Donald Sutherland Mr. Bennet
Tom Hollander Mr. Collins
Kelly Reilly Caroline Bingley
Claudie Blakley Charlotte Lucas
Peter Wight Mr. Gardiner
Rupert Friend Lt. Wickham
Tamzin Merchant Georgiana Darcy
Cornelius Booth Actor
Sylvester Morand Actor
Rosamund Stephen Actor
Janet Whiteside Actor
Sinead Matthews Actor
Roy Holder Actor
Megan Owen Actor
Samantha Bloom Actor
Moya Brady Actor
Pip Torrens Actor
Jay Simpson Actor
Penelope Wilton Mrs. Gardiner
Carey Mulligan Kitty Bennet
Talulah Riley Mary Bennet
Simon Woods Charles Bingley

Technical Credits
Joe Wright Director
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Bevan Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Jacqueline Durran Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
Jane Frazer Co-producer
Jane Gibson Choreography
Nick Gottschalk Art Director
Sarah Greenwood Production Designer
Paul Hamblin Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Hambrook Sound/Sound Designer
Fae Hammond Makeup
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Guy Heeley Asst. Director
Catherine Hodgson Sound/Sound Designer
Jina Jay Casting
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Deborah Moggach Screenwriter
Roman Osin Cinematographer
Mark Swain Art Director
Paul Tothill Editor
Paul Webster Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pride and Prejudice
1. Chapter 1 [7:08]
2. Chapter 2 [8:50]
3. Chapter 3 [7:21]
4. Chapter 4 [7:36]
5. Chapter 5 [7:49]
6. Chapter 6 [6:51]
7. Chapter 7 [8:49]
8. Chapter 8 [7:44]
9. Chapter 9 [10:26]
10. Chapter 10 [3:38]
11. Chapter 11 [2:00]
12. Chapter 12 [6:37]
13. Chapter 13 [8:32]
14. Chapter 14 [9:40]
15. Chapter 15 [5:49]
16. Chapter 16 [11:00]

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