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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 1940 (USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult. Written by Snow Leopard

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When pretty girls t-e-a-s-e-d men into marriage... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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26 July 1940 (USA)  »

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Más fuerte que el orgullo  »

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Trivia

According to Madeleine Stowe in her introduction to the film on Turner Classic Movies, MGM ignored Laurence Olivier's pleas to cast Vivien Leigh as Elizabeth. Olivier and Leigh were both married to other people but carrying on a semi-public affair in the period when this film was being made. Studio executives felt that casting the couple as lovers in the film had the potential for negative publicity, so Louis B. Mayer personally nixed Leigh's inclusion in the film. See more »

Goofs

When their cousin Collins is expected to dinner, the butler comes in to light the candles. The mother asks about Collins and when we cut back to the butler, all the candles are lit. See more »

Quotes

Lady Catherine de Bourgh: You must learn, Mrs. Collins, to draw a firm line between the deserving poor and the undeserving.
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Opening credits prologue: It happened in OLD ENGLAND . . . . in the village of Meryton . . . . See more »

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Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op. 34/2
(1835) (uncredited)
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Not True to the Book - But Who Cares?
20 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is really just 'based on' the novel and enthusiastically takes liberties with the costumes, characters, time period, etc. But if you can set aside your expectations of accuracy, and imagine this film as a stand-alone piece, you won't be disappointed. After all, if the basic Pyramus and Thisbe romance can be remade and reworked a hundred different ways, why shouldn't Bennet and Darcy? Aldous Huxley's screenplay is razor sharp, the plot gallops along, the characters are wisecracking and witty, and though I have probably watched this film more often than any other film I own, It still feels fresh and surprisingly modern. Only 'His Girl Friday' can best the deliciously quick dialog Huxley penned for his female lead.


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