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Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 1 September 2004 (USA)
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Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) 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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In a time of social climbers, Becky Sharp is a mountaineer. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

1 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vanidad  »

Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Shot in 55 days See more »


When Joseph Sedley gives Becky a parrot, he says it's because she loves things from India. The Blue and Gold Macaw is native to South America. See more »


Miss Matilda Crawley: Oh, please tell me there's something disreputable in your past
Becky Sharp: Well, my father was an artist
Miss Matilda Crawley: Ah, that's better, a starving one I hope
Becky Sharp: Absolutely ravenous
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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 »


Version of Vanity Fair (1967) See more »


Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Lyrics by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Music by Mychael Danna
Produced by Mychael Danna
Performed by Custer LaRue
Custer LaRue appears courtesy of The Dorian Group, Ltd.
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Thackery goes Hollywood
2 February 2005 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Vanity Fair" (2004) is an acceptable but abbreviated version of the classic Thackery Victorian period novel which tells of Becky Sharp (Witherspoon), who uses artifice and charm to climb from lowly governess to aristocrat, always able to find a suitable family of peerage or property to use as a rung in her ladder to the top in spite of the tribulations of the time. At just over two hours, this film cannot deal in depth with the many characters in the story and has to content itself with hitting the high points which make for a very condensed telling suited to those who only wish the flavor of the story. Those with a particular interest in Victorian pulp fiction or more expansive dramas should turn to the BBC's 1998 six hour miniseries which offers greater character depth, a presentation much more true to the period, and a very much better cast. (B-)

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