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David Ross ...
 Mr. Sedley 6 episodes, 1998
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Janine Duvitski ...
 Mrs. Bute Crawley 5 episodes, 1998
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 Mrs. Sedley 5 episodes, 1998
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Frances Tomelty ...
 Mrs. O'Dowd 4 episodes, 1998
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Mark Lambert ...
 Major O'Dowd 4 episodes, 1998
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 Mr. John Osborne 4 episodes, 1998
Janet Dale ...
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 Lady Jane Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
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 Jane Osborne 3 episodes, 1998
Robert Cole ...
 Little Rawdon 3 episodes, 1998
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 Sir Pitt Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
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 Lady Bareacres 3 episodes, 1998
Daniel Hart ...
 Ensign Stubble 3 episodes, 1998
Zohren Weiss ...
 Little Georgy 3 episodes, 1998
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John Surman ...
 Horrocks 3 episodes, 1998
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 Lord Bareacres 3 episodes, 1998
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 Lady Blanche 3 episodes, 1998
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Linal Haft ...
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 Miss Swartz 2 episodes, 1998
Felix Dexter ...
Paul Bigley ...
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 Lady Crawley 2 episodes, 1998
Casey O'Connor ...
 Little Violet 2 episodes, 1998
Zoe Chester ...
 Little Rose 2 episodes, 1998
Pom Boyd ...
 Glorvina O'Dowd 2 episodes, 1998
Vicki Pepperdine ...
 Ann Dobbin 2 episodes, 1998
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 Mr. Chopper 2 episodes, 1998
Martin Hodgson ...
 Ensign Spooney 2 episodes, 1998
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the backdrop of Regency England & in continental Europe during the Napoleonic War. Written by Jonnie Heldreich

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24 October 1999 (USA)  »

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A Feira das Vaidades  »

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The cream gown with red trim Natasha Little (Becky Sharp) wears at the Sedley's house is the same costume Hayley Atwell (Mary Crawford) wears to the picnic in Mansfield Park (2007). The same dress is also worn to dinner by Cesca Martin in The Regency House Party (2004). See more »

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Becky Sharp: I am innocent. Before God, Rawdon, I AM innocent! Tell him I'm innocent!
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Version of Vanity Fair (1967) See more »

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Sweet Passion of Love
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Performed by Natasha Little
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No one does Victorian like the Brits
3 January 2005 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

A six hour miniseries by the BBC and A&E, "Vanity Fair" (1998) has sufficient time to present the classic tale of the socially adroit, cunning, and beguiling Becky Sharp's rise from lowly governess to lofty aristocrat with depth, detail, and attention to the many characters and side stories swirling around her. Given it's British pedigree, the film recreates the period with fidelity from beautiful country vistas to dank squalor; from stately manors to Gothic mansions; from handsome gentlemen to grotesque lechers; from elegant gowns to threadbare cloaks; etc. Natasha Little makes a superb centerpiece though her fellow actors are equally well cast and competent in their roles. The downside to the series is a somewhat uneven screenplay which spends time while women sing parlor songs only to rush through some of the moments in which we would most like to linger. The musical score is annoyingly heavy handed, poorly nuanced, and often too much like a poor Salvation Army brass street ensemble. "Vanity Fair" (1998) should be time well spent for anyone into Victorian period fare, especially comedy/dramas, the works of W.M. Thackeray, or fans of the players. Subtitling is excellent. (B+)


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