Pride and Prejudice (Mini-Series)

Directed by Simon Langton
Starring Colin Firth

Image Entertainment | July 2, 1998 | DVD

Pride and Prejudice (Mini-Series) is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
When the A&E network puts a classic into production, they tend to let the story speak for itself. Viewers get a movie that is authentic in almost every sense, from costumes and sets to dialogue and expression. Adapted from Jane Austen’s celebrated Georgian drama, Pride and Prejudice tells of a family caught up in the conventions and class system of the time. Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) must find a husband in order to inherit what fortune her father can leave, but her most suitable courtier, Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), does not immediately catch her fancy. This period piece enjoys beautiful choreography that stirs the imagination, while sticking faithfully to the story and the marvelously compelling characters.

Video Release: July 2, 1998

Theatrical Release: 1996

Runtime: 310

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Image Entertainment

UPC: 014381435429

Found in: British, General, General, Romance, Romance / Tear Jerker

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The art of the 19th century I studied Pride and Prejudice in my last year of High School, and had the expressed privilage of viewing A&E's version of the acclaimed piece of literature. It was fantastic how everything in the novel just came to life on the screen. Everything from Elizabeth Bennet's stong headedness, to Darcy's Pride, and Mrs. Bennet's ignorance. It was all expressed very well. Since then I have seen another version, but in no way will it ever compare to the detail that is in the A&E version. It was fantasic, and it shall not be long before I get my own copy.
Date published: 2000-11-24

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Pride and Prejudice (Mini-Series)

Directed by Simon Langton
Starring Colin Firth

Video Release: July 2, 1998

Theatrical Release: 1996

Runtime: 310

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Image Entertainment

UPC: 014381435429


Edition Description
  • Dolby SR
  • Color
  • Runtime: 310 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Released in English

Synopsis

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.

Description

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.

Notes

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.
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