Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

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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


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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Special Features

The politics of dating; Galleries of the 19th century; The stately homes of Pride & Prejudice; Pride & Prejudice family tree; Commentary with director Joe Wright; Conversations with the cast; Jane Austen, ahead of her time; A Bennet family protrait; HBo first look: Pride & Prejudice

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 & Prejudice
1. Scene 1 [7:08]
2. Scene 2 [8:50]
3. Scene 3 [7:21]
4. Scene 4 [7:36]
5. Scene 5 [7:49]
6. Scene 6 [6:51]
7. Scene 7 [8:49]
8. Scene 8 [7:44]
9. Scene 9 [10:26]
10. Scene 10 [3:38]
11. Scene 11 [2:00]
12. Scene 12 [6:37]
13. Scene 13 [8:32]
14. Scene 14 [9:40]
15. Scene 15 [5:49]
16. Scene 16 [11:00]
Disc #2 -- Pride & Prejudice
1. Scene 1 [7:08]
2. Scene 2 [8:50]
3. Scene 3 [7:21]
4. Scene 4 [7:36]
5. Scene 5 [7:49]
6. Scene 6 [6:51]
7. Scene 7 [8:49]
8. Scene 8 [7:44]
9. Scene 9 [10:26]
10. Scene 10 [3:38]
11. Scene 11 [2:00]
12. Scene 12 [6:36]
13. Scene 13 [8:32]
14. Scene 14 [9:40]
15. Scene 15 [5:50]
16. Scene 16 [10:59]


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Pride & Prejudice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 390 reviews.
bs99 More than 1 year ago
What a movie. What a story. What characters. What gifted actors. What wonderful directing. What beautiful muisic. No need to say more except I have seen this movie about 40 times since I rented it when it first came out on DVD when I was in my late 50's. Loved everything about P & P even the extras on the DVD disk. My #1 favorite movie.
DearReader More than 1 year ago
I went to this film alone (no one to heckle me for getting sucked into the romance) and in the mood for escapism, at 7PM. I went back and saw the 10PM show the same day. Ultimately I saw it four times in the theater. Either you like this genre, or you don't; you love Jane Austen, or you don't. I do. And I don't hold the good people who put her stories up on the big screen to any particular standard. I really like the Greer Garson version, I like the BBC series. This movie is something else. It's not quite a reinterpretation, but it does add another dimension to the story. That isn't a problem for me -- it's a different medium; I didn't go to the movie to have someone read the book for me. The characters in this movie do not all have perfect hair, are not perfectly beautiful, look like they occasionally get B.O. But you like them. Alot. The film resonated with me for days and days; I bought the soundtrack, I re-read the book again (not for the first time). Don't be put off by Matthew McFaydden's sterness in the beginning; it's deliberate and by the end of the film I believe that you will agree he was absolutely perfect in the role. It must be hard play that character for people who in large part already know how the story turns out. But he convinced me to hate him like Elizabeth does at the beginning, and to love him like she did at the end.
buffy2337 More than 1 year ago
This has become one of my most favorite movies. The actors portraying Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are phenomenal. I so love the ending of the movie much better than the book, which is a switch. Usually the book is so much better but in this case for me that was not true. This adaptation is Academy Award worthy. It is so emotional and moving. If you need a good cry just watch Darcy's first proposal. To die for.
bettyb08 More than 1 year ago
Love the story, loved this version Keira and Matthew are perfect as the lead performers and the whole cast is perfect in protraying this classic by Jane Austen with a new updated version.
MTwillman More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this movie, I really didn't like Matthew MacFadyen as Mr. Darcy. Visions of Colin Firth danced in my head. But after another read of the book, and seeing this movie a couple more times, MacFadyen's performance actually surpasses Firth's in my opinion. He is actually sexier than Firth, a kind of smoldering passion can be seen in his eyes. Reading the book again, clearly it isn't so much that Elizabeth gets to know the "real" Mr. Darcy, as it is that Darcy himself changes. We really see that change when Elizabeth encounters him at Pemberly. MacFayden shows more vulnerability and deeper passion than Firth did. And Keira Knightley can express so much of what is going on in Elizabeth's mind with the slightest turn of her mouth, or a glance. Yes, the pacing is faster than the 6-hour A&E production, but I didn't find it lacking depth. Plus the cinematography, costumes, and staging make for a more beautiful viewing. Give it a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent rendition of Austin's book. The music alone is spectacular. Knightley and MacFadyen have amazing chemistry. This movie has moved to the top of my all time favorites.
KelseyC More than 1 year ago
my favorite romance movie ever
TomG More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe the positve reviews I have read here. I found about a thousand erros in this film from the first minute of watching it. It starts with Lizzy reading a book outside and she looks dressed more like a servant and not a Daughter of a Gentleman. Then the piano is in the dining room and the house looks like something a poverty stricken family lives in (and the Bennets are NOT that poor) I could go on an on about the mistakes made in this film, but I believe there is a limit on how much you can type on here. In conclusion dont bother watching this, buy the A&E series with Collin Firth. This is a great adaption to the book and the most accurate.
Izzie_reads_books More than 1 year ago
The movie was very good and I've also read the novel by Jane Austen. The character Kiera Knightlry played, though, was a little harsher than the character in Jane Austen's novel. Other than that, the movie is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a charming adaptation of Austen's novel, but the unwary (especially those who haven't had the immeasurable pleasure of reading the original) need to understand that it's just that: an adaptation. In the time available for a feature film it's impossible to be true to a novel so rich in characters and situations. The result is that much of the book is inevitably missing or drastically "condensed." The ending in the U.S. version is also not true to the original. In spite of this, people who aren't died-in-the-wool Austenites will love this film. It successfully captures the essential nature and spirit of the novel, and the performances are excellent. My main quibble is that the film makes the Bennet family seem more down-at-the- heels than they really are in the novel. The Bennets, as described by Jane Austen, weren't at the top of the economic ladder, but they were comfortably well off. The family's income was adequate for their lifestyle. The Bennets kept several servants, including a cook, and Mrs. Bennet took great pride in the table she kept, in contrast to the titled Lucases, whose daughters, we are given to understand, did the cooking in that family. Donald Sutherland's performance is very enjoyable, but in the novel one never senses that Mr. Bennett was lax in his grooming, constantly appearing unshaven and unkempt. For all of these reasons I still prefer the TV mini-series version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It's more faithful to the book, and comes closer, I think, to capturing the lifestyles of the characters. Of course, as another reviewer has pointed out, it takes more than 5 hours to watch, but it's time very pleasurably spent and enhanced by a delightful musical sound track! Less patient viewers will still be well rewarded with this feature film adaptation of perhaps the best-loved of all English novels, and it's an excellent introduction to the endless pleasures to be found in Jane Austen's books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to this remake of Jane Austins "Pride & Prejudice" but I must say it was a big let down. The movie seemed to be in fast forward. It really felt rushed. The script seemed choppy. There was no time taken to build up the characters. Keira Knightley, seemed to have raced through her lines, as Elizabeth, as if she was being timed on a stop watch. There was little or no emotions transcending from her character. As for Matthew MacFadyen, he was charming, but he did not possess the ability to make one feel the conflicts of "Darcy's" emotions. Most of all there was no spark between the two actors. In short, if you want to see a below average love story, see this version. If you want to see the story with all the grander and emotion, I suggest viewing A&E's version with Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett and Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with P&P after watching the Cyril Coke 1980 version as a teenager. Since then, I've read the book many times. Naturally, I was estatic to hear there would be yet another retelling of my favorite... hmmm... I'd have loved this movie if it weren't for that one little fact-- alas,I've read the book. If you love detail and you've read P&P more than once, you may somewhat loathe this movie. Personally, I prefer watching Bride and Prejudice, or the cute Mormon (no, I'm not Mormon) retelling. At least they don't pretend to be Jane Austen's. Or, even better, watch A&E's version with Colin Firth. It really sets the bar. If you love period films and haven't read the book yet, go ahead and watch this movie. Just don't ruin it for yourself by reading the book too closely. This movie just doesn't seem to understand the England of Jane Austen's Day, and the main characters, sadly, reflect that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful cinematography, but a very disappointing adaptation. So much time was spent focusing on Keira Knightley's beauty, that the meat of the story and characters are lost. If you want to watch the best version of Pride and Prejudice, watch the BBC production with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. Masterpiece Theater calls it "the definitive adaptation of the most-loved of all Austen novels".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Keira Knightley but I didn't like her as Elizabeth Bennet. I am a die-hard fan of the BBC version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (I've watched it so many times both discs are scratched). I loved the casting of Judy Dench as Lady Catherine in this version and found the casting of both Jane and Mr. Bingley better as well, but it felt so condensed. Which is great if you want to know the story but can't sit through the real thing. Also, I was really bugged by the way in which Elizabeth's finding out about Lydia was done. It was treated in a more modern way and became comical instead of the serious even it was intended by Austen. Downplaying an event like that which is so central to the plot of the second half of the story was something that I had a real problem with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't for the life of me understand how Keira Knightley got an oscar nomination for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennett. She has to be the worst one that I have seen. Don't get me wrong, she is a decent actress, but she just could not pull off this role. Elizabeth is a very strong female character and Keira reduced her to a simpering, whiny little girl. As for the rest of the cast, they were pretty good. The best version of Pride and Prejudice is the A&E version. Jennifer Ehle embodies all that is Elizabeth Bennett...and Colin Firth is just awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was watching through this the other day, and I felt that this work was one of the worst portrayals of the story. The story is there, in bits and pieces if you look hard enough,"Mr Darcy isn't the Mr Darcy of old!" he is far to artistic and not enough of an aristocrat, and things just go downhill from there.The artistry and look of the film is beautiful,but there isn't enough of the original story left (like one reviewer said,)it is a cliffnotes version of it. I would say that you should try some of the BBC versions of the Jane Austen films. The English actors do a far better job of portraying the neccesary elements of these films than when it is transplanted to the American equivalent.Glitz and glamour may be enjoyable,(but the heart still has to remain)in order for it to be worthwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is nothing like the wonderful Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennefer Ehle. This adaptation does not follow the story in Jane Austen's format. Where is Mr and Mrs Hurst? They do not exist in the story. I personally cannot stand the insipid smile of Keira Knigthley and wonder WHY she was chosen to be Elizabeth. She is so unconvincing in the role. And Mr. Bingley seems like an idiot. WHO would want to marry him? Is the character of Jane stupid?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest I've never read a Jane Austen book but have heard of it them...A LOT and have seen some of its movies and thought this version of pride and prejudice was pretty good. This is same story like all the other adaptations that has to do with the main character of elizabeth bennett this time played by keira knightly and the trials she goes through with her on and off again relationship with the handsome Mr. Darcy played by the equally handsome Matthew Macfadyen. sorry can't spell the guy's last name. I thought Rosamind Pike as Jane Bennett did a cute performance especially with Simon Woods as Mr. Bingly. At first when I first saw Mr. Wickham I was like...isn't that Orlando Bloom? Rupert Friend was good too. Check this version out if you like Keira Knightly and or if you're into the romantic drama type movies. You decide. This is one of my favorite movies....with Keira in it. So remember there can be good movies too despite whether or not you hate the actor or actress, don't let that stop you from enjoying what could be an enjoyable movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this, it was very good in my eyes. The music was lovely. The costumes were beautiful. And the story was the same breathtaking story I knew. However, as I watched it a second and a third and yet a fourth time, I started noticing some flaws that really bothered me... such as the lack of propriety or unseemly behaviour of some of the supposedly prim and proper characters. What also struck me as odd was that Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightly) never wore a hat! How strange and not very modest of her! I absolutely detest the ending: it is highly ridiculous and much too modern. I think they should have deleted that final scene in front of the lake. My favorite parts have to be the dancing scenes; I do think they are very pretty!
Watch this film once and you will have a very good impression of it as a whole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot compare the both version 1995 and the 2005. Read Jane Austen book the 1995 played to her book but the 2005 was and updated version of love and surprises in love. I love the actor Mr Colin Firth as an esteem actor (example movie he was in What a Girl Wants and others) but the book and its pictures played more to the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. The 2005 played more to the rugged Mr Darcy aka Matthew Macfadyen and showed he was more sensivity in trying to avoid love and his unknown passion for Lizzy. True in the book and pictures of the 1995 version things were stuffy and Elizabeth was to be not handsome like her sister Jane Bennett but (Keira Knightly) played her well. The Director and Writers should have emphised more on detail in the relationship but it was 2 different versions and 10 years. If you could get the old book I am reading and have enjoyed by Ms Jane Austen you will under stand what I am trying to project. The Book contains 12 colored illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brocks The Rittenhouse Classics Philadelphia. Macrae Smith Company Publishers and it is the 13th printing.
vballgirl4a More than 1 year ago
It is very seldom that i say a movie is as good as the book but this one surprisingly is. The acting is FANTASTIC! It's my all time favorite movie!
GigiG More than 1 year ago
The movie is wonderful! I love the book and the movie! Jane Austen was a great author and the movie adaptation of her book is a piece of art i love Keira's performance.
Tamara0099 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the book first. I was really pleasantly surprised how like the book the movie was. I despise movies that stray too far from the book. This P&P is phenomenal, and so true to Austen's vision. Now, that being said, Keira Knightley is a great actress as we all know. Matthew MacFadyen, too, is a wonderful actor as well as so very easy on the eyes. =) I think the casting was brilliant. A must see for Austenites!
sews More than 1 year ago
The whole family like this movie. I have read the book and this keeps more to the book,than other movies I have seen.We have watched it three times this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had seen this movie before I purchased it. It's a movie you must own because the story is a classic.