Pride and Prejudice (1980)

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While the arrival of wealthy gentleman sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

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Complete series cast summary:
Elizabeth Garvie ...
 Miss Elizabeth Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
 Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (5 episodes, 1980)
Moray Watson ...
 Mr. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Priscilla Morgan ...
 Mrs. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Sabina Franklyn ...
 Miss Jane Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Natalie Ogle ...
 Miss Lydia Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
 Miss Mary Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
 Miss Kitty Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Osmund Bullock ...
 Mr. Bingley (4 episodes, 1980)
Irene Richard ...
 Charlotte Lucas / ... (3 episodes, 1980)
 Mr. Wickham (3 episodes, 1980)
 Miss Caroline Bingley (3 episodes, 1980)
Edward Arthur ...
 Mr. Hurst (3 episodes, 1980)
Jennifer Granville ...
 Mrs. Hurst (3 episodes, 1980)
Andrew Johns ...
 Captain Denny (3 episodes, 1980)
 Lady Catherine de Bourgh (2 episodes, 1980)
Malcolm Rennie ...
 Mr. Collins / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Barbara Shelley ...
 Mrs. Gardiner (2 episodes, 1980)
Peter Howell ...
 Sir William Lucas (2 episodes, 1980)
Elizabeth Stewart ...
 Lady Lucas (2 episodes, 1980)
Shirley Cain ...
 Mrs. Philips (2 episodes, 1980)
Emma Jacobs ...
 Miss Georgiana Darcy (2 episodes, 1980)


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Release Date:

13 January 1980 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Büszkeség és balítélet  »

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Faithful, classic adaptation of story
4 June 2004 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

This BBC version with Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth and David Rintoul as Darcy is faithful to the story and spirit of the book. Despite some flaws, it is much better than the A&E version. Apparently, the BBC version is coming out on DVD in summer 2004. The BBC Elizabeth is lovely, intelligent and lively within the social restrictions of the period. In contrast, the A&E version portrays Elizabeth as petulant and narcissistic and it feels like a contemporary character. David Rintoul is a physically striking and very aloof Darcy. It appears as if the director wasn't quite certain about Darcy because there are a few moments where he appropriately relaxes and shows some emotion. But this is inconsistent and there should have been a few more. Colin Firth in the A&E version is intelligent but seems more depressed than proud. The important relationship between Elizabeth and her father is shown in the BBC version but completely ignored in the A&E version. The BBC Wickham is very attractive,charming, and intelligent while the A&E Wickham is lackluster and not sufficiently attractive for this character.

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