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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 July 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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A fresh, sexy adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story.

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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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26 July 1940 (USA)  »

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Más fuerte que el orgullo  »

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Vivien Leigh was passed over for the role of Elizabeth Bennett in favor of Greer Garson. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Bennett is seen steaming open the letter to Jane from Caroline Bingley, the envelope is a modern day gummed envelope fit for stationery letters. The year the film takes place is 1815, letters would have been folded in and sealed with a wax seal.

Gummed envelopes would not be invented for another 100 years; therefore it should have been impossible for Mrs. Bennett to steam open a letter that had been sealed with a wax seals. See more »

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Mr. Darcy: I rather admired what you did this afternoon Miss Elizabeth. Your resentment of what you believe to be an injustice showed courage and loyalty. I could wish i might possess a friend who would defend me as ably as Mr. Wickham was defended today.
Mr. Bennett: At this moment it's difficult to believe that you're so proud.
Mr. Darcy: At this moment it's difficult to believe that you're so prejudiced.
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The original is the best
22 May 2003 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

Pride and Prejudice is a familiar story - if not read in high school literature class, one can see the theme in dozens of other films: A meddling mother tries to marry off her daughter(s) to "suitable" man, the man and woman fight and all turns out at the end with mayhem ensuing between the first and final acts.

There have been several versions of Pride and Prejudice, two of which I had seen before this film and after viewing the 1940 version starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier it is clear that this is the standard. Is there a better actor than Olivier in these period dramas? And Greer Garson is radiant as Elizabeth. Their performances and the pace of the film is such that while I knew the story I was still sucked into the romance and laughter

  • not an easy task for a hard-core cynic like me. This movie garnered 4


stars and for good reason - if you are looking for a charming, witty and romantic film, this is a must-see.

--Shelly


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