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)
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 Mr. Rushworth (5 episodes, 1983)
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 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 gold evening gown with short sleeves worn by Jackie Smith-Wood (Mary Crawford) is the same costume worn by Christina Cole (Caroline Bingley) in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

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Not Exceptional, but better than the recent movie
31 December 2000 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Ok so maybe you all disagree, but I prefer this old mini-series to the modern 1999 film.

I read the book before I had seen either, and this version is so much more true to the book. For me that is much more important than modern touches that spoiled the movie.

Even though Sylvestra may not give a good performance as Fanny Price, I find her much more believable as Fanny than Frances O Connor.

The camera work is very dodgey. At the start when Fanny is in the carriage with Mrs Norris, when Fanny is introduced to the Bertrams and when Tom, Edmund and Mary Crawford are walking together.

Mrs Norris is just how I imagined her, and Lady Bertram too. Henry Crawford is not played well I feel, the way he speaks seems all wrong and strange, I think they chose the wrong actor there.

I was struck by the scene where Maria wants to go through the locked gate and sends Mr Rushworth to get the key. This scene is just how I pictured it in the book, it is quite remarkable.

The settings serve their purpose, the house is furnished as you would expect. That was another thing I disliked about the recent movie. Mansfield Park looked like a Fortress inside! All bare and ugly, more suited to Northanger Abbey I feel.

The music was simple, but it was obviously a low budget production.

If anyone agrees with me please say.


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