Video Release: June 1, 2002
Theatrical Release: 1996
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: A&E Home Video
- Surround Sound, Digital Sound, Stereo, Stereo Surround
- Collectors Edition
- Digitally Re-Mastered
- Runtime: 300 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
From Jane Austen's classic novel about the morals and mores of the class system in Georgian England. The intelligent and spirited Elizabeth Bennet is one of five daughters -- which, during that era, meant trouble: because women cannot inherit, upon her father's death her family's home will become the property of their nearest male relative. Only marriage, preferably to someone wealthy, can ensure her security. But the proud young lady instantly takes offense when Mr. Darcy, a promising newcomer in town, doesn't seem quite admiring enough, and she spurns his advances. Slowly and painfully, Elizabeth realizes her error, but not before it seems she has lost Mr. Darcy forever.
The bicentennial production of Jane Austen's novel is given the most lavish treatment yet, by "Upstairs Downstairs" director Simon Langton. The classic novel of manners, society, and love includes much of Austen's rich commentary on human nature, and extensive, gorgeous location shooting in historic English country homes.
Developed for television in association with Chestermead Ltd.
Broadcast originally in the USA on A&E, the Arts &
Entertainment Network, January 14, 15 & 16, 1996. Also
available on video in Canada. Additional cast: Polly Maberly (Kitty
Bennet); Lucy Briers (Mary Bennet); and Lucy Scott (Charlotte
Lucas). Additional credits: Julie Scott (associate producer); Paul
Brodrick (production manager); Roger Pearce (camera operator); Alf
Pamplin (Steadicam); Pip Short (assistant director); Jane Gibson
(choreographer); Rupert Scrivener (dubbing mixer); Graham Brown
(visual effects designer). Actor Colin Firth was born in Hampshire,
England in 1961. His father was a history teacher and as a teenager
he spent one year in the States. Firth joined the National Youth
Theatre in London at 18, then studied at the Drama Centre for three
years. He left before graduation to join the West End production of
Julian Mitchell's "Another Country." Firth had a role in "Circle of
Friends," a 1995 theatrical release. Released to commemorate the
200th anniversary of the novel's writing. Copyright BBC 1995.