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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 Miss Elizabeth Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (5 episodes, 1980)
Moray Watson ...
 Mr. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Mrs. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Jane Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Lydia Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Mary Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Kitty Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Osmund Bullock ...
 Mr. Bingley (4 episodes, 1980)
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 Charlotte Lucas / ... (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Mr. Wickham (3 episodes, 1980)
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 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)
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 Lady Catherine de Bourgh (2 episodes, 1980)
Malcolm Rennie ...
 Mr. Collins / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Mrs. Gardiner (2 episodes, 1980)
Peter Howell ...
 Sir William Lucas (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Lady Lucas (2 episodes, 1980)
Shirley Cain ...
 Mrs. Philips (2 episodes, 1980)
Emma Jacobs ...
 Miss Georgiana Darcy (2 episodes, 1980)
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Mrs. Bennet is determined to find husbands for her five daughters. The arrival of a new wealthy neighbor seems like the answer to her predicament. But while eldest daughter Jane catches Mr. Bingley's eye, middle child Mary has her nose stuck in a book, and youngest girls, Kitty and Lydia, chase after officers in uniform; Elizabeth, the willful, intelligent, and opinionated second daughter, is snubbed by haughty gentleman Mr. Darcy... In this class-minded society, can love triumph over pride and prejudice? Written by L. Hamre

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Büszkeség és balítélet  »

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Elizabeth Garvie was asked to read for the role of Elizabeth Bennet after producer Jonathan Powell saw her photo on her agent's wall. She auditioned the next day and won the part. See more »

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A musician in the assembly hall dance scene is playing a concertina. The concertina was not invented until the 1820's, and the story begins in the autumn of 1811. See more »

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Mary Bennet: It's been my experience, that an event looked forward to with much impatient desire, does not always brings its promised satisfaction.
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Follows Pride and Prejudice (1952) See more »

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Still stands as the best
10 November 2005 | by (Lexington, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

The introduction of a new movie version of P&P triggered me to go back and look at my DVDs of both this 1979 version and the much-loved 1995 version (I'll ignore the 1940 MGM version, which so badly misrepresents Lady Catherine de Bourgh, played brilliantly here by Judy Parfitt, and in which both leads are obviously too old). No question that this one is the truest to the characters as conceived by Jane Austin -- and the best-cast too.

I'm amazed that anyone would believe someone like Keira Knightly or Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth. Can someone really imagine Darcy not finding either of them "not handsome enough to suit me"? Yet it is possible to imagine someone saying that about Elizabeth Garvie, who is pretty but definitely overshadowed in looks by her older sister Jane (Sabina Franklyn). However, as in the book, it's Elizabeth's spirit that makes her shine so brightly in an age when marriages are arranged with no thought of romantic love (as Charlotte Lucas (Irene Richards) reminds Lizzie).

Similarly, David Rintoul's reserved, stuffy, not particularly attractive albeit still handsome Darcy may not be as romantic as Colin Firth's -- but Firth often seemed more like the smoldering Heathcliff from "Wuthering Heights" than Darcy. And Firth's "cooling off" dip in the pond seemed more ludicrous than sexy to me (but women obviously have a different take).

Yes, the 1995 version gets out of the confining indoor settings in a way that the 1979 version does not. However, the characters in the 1979 version simply are truer to the way they were written bu Jane Austin. Perhaps 1979 screenwriter Fay Weldon's previous experiences in writing for the high-class British soap "Upstairs, Downstairs" gave her an edge in this comedy of manners; some of the scene-bridging techniques used in this adaptation seem to be borrowed directly from it. Anyway, this is still the best of the P&P versions out there.


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