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Charlotte Brontë (novel) and
Alexander Baron (dramatisation)
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Release Date:
9 October 1983 (UK) See more »
A young governess falls in love with her mysterious employer, but a terrible secret puts their happiness at risk. Full summary »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 29)
Zelah Clarke ... Jane Eyre (10 episodes, 1983)

Timothy Dalton ... Edward Fairfax Rochester (9 episodes, 1983)
Carol Gillies ... Grace Poole (6 episodes, 1983)
James Marcus ... John (5 episodes, 1983)

Series Directed by
Julian Amyes (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Alexander Baron (unknown episodes)
Charlotte Brontë (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Barry Letts .... producer (11 episodes, 1983)
Series Original Music by
Paul Reade (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
David Doogood (unknown episodes)
John Kenway (unknown episodes)
Keith Salmon (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Ian Collins (unknown episodes)
Oliver White (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Jenny Jenkins (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Michael Edwards (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Gill Hardie (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Gill Hughes .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
David Ackrill .... dressing props (11 episodes, 1983)
Series Other crew
Terrance Dicks .... script editor (unknown episodes)
Margot Eavis .... video presentation: BBC (unknown episodes)

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UK:30 min (11 episodes) | USA:239 min
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Timothy Dalton considers this movie to be one of his best.See more »
Continuity: Mr. Rochester is seated with a sprained ankle on the sofa as he attempts to draw Jane out. At first, Mr. Rochester's left leg is stretched out and his right is bent upright. When he tells Jane to play the piano in the next room, he is shown with his right leg stretched out and his left leg is bent. When Jane re-enters the room, his leg is switched again.See more »
Edward Fairfax Rochester:I wish at times I were a trifle better adapted to match with her, externally. Tell me now, fairy that you are, you couldn't give a charm or a filter or something of the sort?
Jane Eyre:I would be past the power of magic, sir.
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Prelude in A Major, Op. 28, No. 7See more »


Who else has played Jane Eyre on screen?
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47 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Still My Favorite Version, 14 March 2002
Author: ArizWldcat from United States

Those who love the book Jane Eyre as I do (it's my all time favorite, and I re read it at least once a year) will love this version. Timothy Dalton is just a tad too good looking to be Mr. Rochester, but other than that, he does a marvelous job portraying the brooding master of Thornfield. Zelah Clarke may have been just a little too old to play the 18 year old Jane, but when I watch this movie, I don't think about the ages of the characters. The dialog from the film is taken almost verbatim from the book, which was very smart. Sure, this film might seem a little long, but it's the only version I've seen that includes part 3 of the story.

I wish the people who made this film had been involved in the newer Zeferelli version, as it would have helped that mess of a film.

I also realized the last time I watched this video that Judy Cornwell plays "Aunt Reed"! She is so versatile that I didn't recognize her. She plays Daisy in Keeping up Appearances, and also played Mrs. Musgrove in 1995's Persuasion (another wonderful adaption).

UPDATE: Got the DVD this week, and it's marvelous to see the original unedited version. There's lots more at the beginning (Young Jane at Gateshead and at Lowood.) And at the end, they've restored lots of things, (I always wondered why St. John had a slip of paper when he reveals that he knows who Jane is-- because the part where he tears it from her painting was edited out of the US VHS version!). Rosamund Oliver is in it...she was completely cut out of the VHS. As far as I could tell, they hadn't edited out any of Timothy Dalton's parts, so nothing new there, but it is great to see the whole miniseries in its entirety after all these years of enjoying the VHS. Thanks, BBC (PS...I would have paid more for a special edition DVD...with maybe some interviews with the stars...or a making of show)

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