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Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 1 September 2004 (USA)
Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

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The British Empire flowers; exotic India colors English imaginations. Becky Sharp, the orphaned daughter of a painter and a singer, leaves a home for girls to be a governess, armed with pluck, a keen wit, good looks, fluent French, and an eye for social advancement. Society tries its best to keep her from climbing. An episodic narrative follows her for 20 years, through marriage, Napoleonic wars, a child, loyalty to a school friend, the vicissitudes of the family whose daughters she instructed, and attention from a bored marquess who collected her father's paintings. Honesty tempers her schemes. No aristocrat she, nor bourgeois, just spirited, intelligent, and irrepressible. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On September 1st, a heroine will rise. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image | See all certifications »
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1 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Vanidad  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,268,925 (USA) (3 September 2004)

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$16,123,851 (USA) (5 November 2004)
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Trivia

Natasha Little, who plays Lady Jane Sheepshanks, played Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair (1998). See more »

Goofs

During the outdoor gathering at Vauxhall, George Osborne and Joseph Sedley ride in the row boat. A cable slices through the water, pulling the boat from the front. See more »

Quotes

Amelia Sedley: [to Becky] If you have stolen my last night with him I will never forgive you!
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits start rolling the word "Alvida" (goodbye) appears in Urdu script. Beneath it is the following dedication: for our beloved Ammy Kulsum Alibhai 1927-2003 See more »

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Version of Vanity Fair (1911) See more »

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The Mermaids Song
Music by Joseph Haydn
Produced by Mychael Danna
Performed by Custer LaRue
Custer LaRue appears courtesy of The Dorian Group, Ltd.
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Disappointing, if not disastrous
4 June 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Believe it or not, I am under the age of 20 and have read this novel purely out of interest and found it to be an amazing piece of work. Thackeray's unique writing style in "Vanity Fair" is captivating. I saw the movie only a week after finishing the book, with the details fresh in my mind, to be immensely displeased. I have read a number of excellent comments that go into detail of the faults of the movie, so I plan to keep this brief for those wanting a shorter critique.

At least half of the characters were misrepresented. I believe the only two relatively-accurate main characters were Jos Sedley and Rawdon Crawley. Becky was completely dismantled into something with scarcely a semblance of what she is portrayed as in the book. The character Dobbin was undefined; George Osborne was snobbish instead of cocky; his rigid father suddenly became sympathetic (way too early and much too far); not to mention troves of other discrepancies. I understand the goal may have been to come up with a more abridged version, but there were changes made that had nothing to do with shortening the screenplay. Besides, there were a number of musical pieces that could have been cut in order to use the time more beneficially by preserving some of the integrity of the film.

Thackeray would have been appalled at this hack job.

Were it not for my love for time period films, and the possibility of enjoying this movie as something very separate from the book, I would not care to see it again. At least the filming was impressive, though that hardly makes up for the rest. The theatrical trailer is the best part of the movie.


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