Mansfield Park (1983)

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Impoverished Fanny Price is sent to live with her more affluent uncle and aunt. The arrival of new neighbors brings a chance for romance to Fanny and her cousins.

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 Mrs. Norris (6 episodes, 1983)
Angela Pleasence ...
 Lady Bertram (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Fanny Price (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Edmund Bertram (6 episodes, 1983)
Jackie Smith-Wood ...
 Mary Crawford (6 episodes, 1983)
Robert Burbage ...
 Henry Crawford (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Dr. Grant (6 episodes, 1983)
Susan Edmonstone ...
 Mrs. Grant (6 episodes, 1983)
Neville Phillips ...
 Baddely (6 episodes, 1983)
Snuff ...
 Pug (6 episodes, 1983)
Bernard Hepton ...
 Sir Thomas Bertram (5 episodes, 1983)
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 Maria Bertram / ... (5 episodes, 1983)
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 Tom Bertram (5 episodes, 1983)
Liz Crowther ...
 Julia Bertram (5 episodes, 1983)
Jonathan Stephens ...
 Mr. Rushworth (5 episodes, 1983)
Gillian Martell ...
 Mrs. Rushworth, Senior / ... (3 episodes, 1983)
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Her family living under the heavy burden of poverty, 10 year old Fanny Price is sent to live with her more affluent uncle and aunt, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram of Mansfield Park. Growing up, she is treated as an inferior relation by all but her best friend and cousin Edmund. Quiet, staid, and virtuous Fanny witnesses the stirrings of passion when worldly siblings Henry and Mary Crawford move in next door. Henry toys with the affections of Fanny's cousins Maria and Julia, but then his attentions unexpectedly turn towards Fanny... Written by L. Hamre

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The sheer brown gown with red and blue dots Jackie Smith-Wood (Mary Crawford) wears discussing the play is the same gown Christina Cole (Caroline Bingley) wears playing cards at Netherfield Hall in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

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Gentle, but fascinating window into history
30 December 2002 | by (Essex, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a gentler, truer version of jane Austen's novel than the appalling 1999 film and I am thankful for that ! The casting could have been done with more thought and the whole production would have welcomed a larger budget but - overall - this version remains the yardstick by which all others should be measured.

Fanny Price is, despite the actress chosen to play her, essentially the heroine of the book and it is her views, fears insecurities and morals which are pivotal to the story. Judgmental? No, i think not. The fact that Fanny does speak out against the play and Henry Crawford shows the strength of her misgivings. Anyone who finds her insipid has either not read, or not understood, the book and should look again.

In this day of fast paced films and often nonsensical dialogue, this adaptation may seem a little slow at times, but it is worth persevering. To dismiss it as mere period drama does the novel an injustice, and it should be viewed with the thought that you are watching through the window if history. women had no real value or input. They were expected to marry well and breed the next generation, personal ambitions were rarely mentioned or taken seriously. Although, indeed it could be argued that, despite all the education or freedoms of the present day, quite often books, Tv and films still convey the message that women are nothing if they do not snare a man - a dire reflection upon society.

Of the actors involved, many were good and others less so which often happens. Was amused by the fact that Jonny Lee Miller appeared in both this version and the 1999 film. A welcome link


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