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Director:
Writers:
Matthew Faulk (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
1 September 2004 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In a time of social climbers, Becky Sharp is a mountaineer. See more »
Plot:
Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gabriel Byrne ... The Marquess of Steyne
Angelica Mandy ... Young Becky Sharp

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Francis Sharp

Ruth Sheen ... Miss Pinkerton

Kate Fleetwood ... Miss Pinkerton's Crone

Reese Witherspoon ... Becky Sharp

Lillete Dubey ... Ms. Green (as Lillette Dubey)

Romola Garai ... Amelia Sedley

Tony Maudsley ... Joseph Sedley

Deborah Findlay ... Mrs. Mary Sedley
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Mr. Sedley

Paul Bazely ... Biju

Rhys Ifans ... William Dobbin

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... George Osborne

Charlie Beall ... Gambler

David Sterne ... Queen's Crawley Mail Coach Driver

Bob Hoskins ... Sir Pitt Crawley

Douglas Hodge ... Pitt Crawley
Meg Wynn Owen ... Lady Crawley
Georgina Edmonds ... Young Rose Crawley
Emilie Richardson ... Young Celia Crawley
Tim Preece ... Horrocks the Butler

Geraldine McEwan ... Lady Southdown
Natasha Little ... Lady Jane Sheepshanks

Eileen Atkins ... Miss Matilda Crawley

James Purefoy ... Rawdon Crawley
Helen Coker ... Firkin the Maid
Tim Seely ... Doctor

Jim Broadbent ... Mr. Osborne

Sophie Hunter ... Maria Osborne
Paul Bentall ... Coalman
Sean McKenzie ... Auctioneer

Kathryn Drysdale ... Rhoda Swartz

John Woodvine ... Lord Bareacres
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Lady Bareacres

Nicholas Jones ... Lord Darlington
Sian Thomas ... Lady Darlington
Trevor Cooper ... General Tufto
Brian Pettifer ... Mr. Raggles

Steven Elder ... Curzon Street Footman

Gabrielle Lloyd ... Nursemaid
William Melling ... Young Rawdy Crawley
Daniel Hay ... Young Georgy Osborne
Niall O'Brien ... Mr. Moss
Anu Gopalakrishnan ... Desert Beauty

Tom Beard ... Officer
Roma Edmonds ... Older Rose Crawley

Gledis Cinque ... Older Celia Crawley (as Gledis Cimque)
Thomas Grant ... Little Pitt Crawley
Kelly Hunter ... Lady Steyne

Camilla Rutherford ... Lady Gaunt

Alexandra Staden ... Lady George

Jonny Phillips ... Mr. Wenham

Richard McCabe ... The King
Veerendra Saxena ... Coventry Island Man (as Virendra Saxena)

Bruce Mackinnon ... Casino Boy

Mathew Horne ... Casino Boy (as Matthew Horne)

Tim Bentinck ... German Official (as Timothy Bentinck)
Andrew Price ... Casino Stranger

Tom Sturridge ... Older Georgy Osborne
Chloe Treend ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Stefane Sauer ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Nicole Forbes ... Dancer: Slave Dance

Amanda Courtney-Davies ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Louise Poole ... Dancer: Slave Dance (as Louise Weekley)
Lene Langgaard ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Sarah Mogg ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Tracey Lushington ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Sandy Borne ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Stephenie McMillan ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Suzanne Thomas ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Mari Baade ... Dancer: Slave Dance
K. Knight ... Dancer: Slave Dance
Sylvano Clarke ... Dancer: Slave Dance
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Max Bollinger ... German Casino Goer (uncredited)

Tom Fox Davies ... German Gambler (uncredited)
Will Irvine ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tatiana Lavrentieva ... Posh Scarlet Lady (uncredited)
Craig James Morgan ... Soldier (uncredited)

Robert Pattinson ... Older Rawdy Crawley (uncredited)
Vijay Raaz ... Indian Servant (uncredited)

Jade Ramsey ... Public School Girl (uncredited)

Nikita Ramsey ... Public School Girl (uncredited)
Deborah Wise ... Upper Class Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
Mira Nair 
 
Writing credits
Matthew Faulk (screenplay) &
Mark Skeet (screenplay) and
Julian Fellowes (screenplay)

William Makepeace Thackeray (novel)

Produced by
S.M. Ferozeuddin Alameer .... line producer: India
Ray Angelic .... line producer: India
Howard Cohen .... executive producer
Pippa Cross .... executive producer
Janette Day .... producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... producer
Matthew Faulk .... associate producer
Jane Frazer .... co-producer
Donna Gigliotti .... producer
Jonathan Lynn .... executive producer
Mark Skeet .... associate producer
Dinaz Stafford .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn 
 
Film Editing by
Allyson C. Johnson 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Loveleen Tandan 
 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
 
Art Direction by
Nick Palmer 
Sam Stokes 
Lucinda Thomson 
 
Set Decoration by
Kalpa Dave 
Tatiana Macdonald  (as Tatiana Lund)
 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
 
Makeup Department
Bee Archer .... additional hair stylist
Bee Archer .... additional makeup artist
Zoe Brown .... additional hair stylist
Zoe Brown .... additional makeup artist
Anita Burger .... makeup artist
Blanka Dudas .... makeup artist
Jon Henry Gordon .... additional hair stylist
Jon Henry Gordon .... additional makeup artist
Annabel Hill .... makeup artist
Virginia Holmes .... assistant makeup: India
Joe Hopker .... additional hair stylist
Joe Hopker .... additional makeup artist
Sue Ignatius .... additional hair stylist
Sue Ignatius .... additional makeup artist
Rebecca Lafford .... makeup artist: Ms. Witherspoon
Mai Layton .... additional hair stylist
Mai Layton .... additional makeup artist
Sadie Lunn .... hair trainee
Sadie Lunn .... makeup trainee
Fran Needham .... hair stylist: crowd
Fran Needham .... makeup artist: crowd
Jacqueline Russon .... makeup artist
Loulia Sheppard .... hairdresser: Ms. Witherspoon
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Chang Su Chan Shiu .... assistant hair stylist: India
Barbara Taylor .... crowd hair stylist
Shaunna Harrison .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jeanette Redmond .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Baker .... second assistant director (as Matt Baker)
Amy Coop .... additional third assistant director (as Adam Coop)
Reema Kagti .... second assistant director: India
Max Keene .... first assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... second assistant director: crowd
Danny McGrath .... third assistant director
Jay Jay Odedra .... second unit director (as Jay J. Odedra)
Stuart Renfrew .... first assistant director: India
Akshay Roy .... third assistant director: India
 
Art Department
Chris Cull .... property master
Belinda Cusmano .... assistant set decorator
Richard Dalton .... props
Amy Dewar .... art department runner
Gill Farr .... production buyer
James Fennessy .... painter
David Ned Kelly .... carpenter
Emily Lutyens .... graphic artist
Suzanne Caplan Merwanji .... supervising designer: India
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Adrian Start .... paint supervisor
Tony Statham .... sign creator
Hattie Storey .... art department assistant
Sarah Stuart .... stand-by art director
Chris Ulusele .... stand-by props
Tom Whitehead .... draughtsman
Billy Wilson .... lead dressing props
Eddie Wolstencroft .... stand by painter
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Dan Edelstein .... foley editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Tony Martinez .... supervising sound editor
Eric McAllister .... assistant sound editor
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Kate Morath .... sound maintenance
Luke Neuman .... assistant sound
Lowell Pickett .... digital media assistant
Mary Ellen Porto .... sound effects editor
Steve Schwartz .... assistant sound editor (as Stephen Schwartz)
Warren Shaw .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Eric Strausser .... assistant sound editor
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor (as William Sweeney)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexander Beddow .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera
Brian Allan .... optical camera (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator
Levan Doran .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adefarasin .... clapper loader: "a" camera
John Adefarasin .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ben Battersby .... additional second assistant camera
Ben Battersby .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Klemens Becker .... Steadicam operator
Klemens Becker .... camera operator: "a" camera
Arjun Singh Bhurji .... key grip
David Cadwallader .... grip: "a" camera
Chris Clarke .... additional second assistant camera
Frank Connor .... still photographer
David Cozens .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David Cozens .... focus puller: "a" camera
Barny Crocker .... assistant camera (as Barnaby Crocker)
Steve Cussell .... electrician
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer: India
Dean Foard .... electrician
Ian Franklin .... rigging gaffer
Nick Kenealy .... video assist operator
Paul Molloy .... electrician
G. Monic Kumar .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, India
Ronan Murphy .... additional grip
Ed Nessen .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, India
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, India
Jay Jay Odedra .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jay Jay Odedra .... director of photography: second unit (as Jay J. Odedra)
Brian Strange .... camera trainee
Iain Struthers .... additional focus puller
Tammo van Hoorn .... additional first assistant camera
David Wall .... chief rigging electrician
 
Casting Department
Lucy Bevan .... casting assistant
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arjun Bhasin .... costume designer: India
Rosie Grant .... additional costume
Jenny Hawkins .... costume set supervisor
Amanda Keable .... costume supervisor
Urmilla Lal Motwani .... wardrobe supervisor: India
Jacqueline Mulligan .... costume maker (as Jacqueline Simpson)
Sophie Norinder .... dresser: Ms. Witherspoon
Julia Patkos .... costume design assistant
 
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production assistant
Jack Lewars .... assistant color timer: Efilm
James Nichols Jr. .... assistant editor
David O. Rogers .... assistant editor
David A. Smith .... assistant editor
Shelly Westerman .... assistant film editor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Mychael Danna .... orchestrator
Terry Davies .... composer: dance music
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor (as Jennifer Dunnington)
Vic Fraser .... music copyist
Brad Haehnel .... music mixer
Paul Talkington .... musician contractor
Bruce White .... viola
 
Transportation Department
Peter Devlin .... transport coordinator
Chris Hammond .... driver: minibus
Darren Thackeray .... driver
Dave Williams .... wardrobe truck driver
 
Other crew
Rajeev Acharya .... production accountant: India
Imtiaz Amir .... production accountant
Maria Bisset .... assistant horse master
Christian Brockey .... production coordinator: India
Stephanie Carroll .... visual consultant
Gilly Case .... location scout
Philip Clark .... location scout
Mike Clark-Hall .... floor runner
Hannah Collett .... assistant: Ms. Witherspoon
Nigel Martin Davey .... stand-in (as Martin Nigel Davey)
Heather Dixon .... assistant: Ms. Pilcher
Anu Gopalakrishnan .... assistant: Ms. Nair
Steve Hart .... second location manager
Uzma Hasan .... post -production assistant
Dan Hillsdon .... assistant accountant
Saarrah Imtiaz .... assistant to accountant
Amy Irvine .... stand-in
Ali James .... location assistant
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Claudia Kalindjian .... unit publicist
Simrun Kalra .... assistant: Ms. Nair
Geeta Kapoor .... assistant choreographer (as Geeta Kapur)
Debbie Kaye .... horse master
John Kearney .... horse wrangler
Farah Khan .... choreographer
Julie Landholt .... end title graphics
Marcus Lansdell .... cine mosaic
Richard Lindsay .... assistant location manager
Hayley Lyon .... assistant accountant
Miranda Marks .... assistant production coordinator
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Tariq Mirza .... legal: production
Jack Murphy .... choreographer
Cindy Newman .... dog handler
Hermione Ninnim .... production coordinator
James Payton .... stand-in
David Pinnington .... location manager
Ashley Rudden .... creative executive
Joe Russo .... interviews: post-production
Adelaide Scardino .... assistant: Ms. Day
David Seaton .... assistant location manager
Payal Sethi .... local production coordinator: Mirabai Films
Amin Soltani .... crowd runner
Yasmine Stafford .... production coordinator
Alistair Thompson .... production accountant
Katharine Tidy .... food stylist
Aminta Townshend .... assistant script supervisor
Jane Trower .... first assistant accountant
Dan Turner .... contact: London
Brett Tyne .... assistant: Ms. Frazer
Susie Valerio .... stand-in (as Susie Gossling Valerio)
Laura Sophie Ware .... production runner
Pam Weaver .... animal handler: farm animals
 
Thanks
Barry Alexander Brown .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image
Runtime:
141 min
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-7 | Germany:6 | Hungary:14 | Iceland:10 | Ireland:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:PG | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Natasha Little, who plays Lady Jane Sheepshanks, played Becky Sharp in "Vanity Fair" (1998).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Becky Sharp:Two men and two men only will enter my bedchamber. My husband and the doctor.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.196" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
El SalamSee more »

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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Social climbing, 12 January 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

William Thackerey's "Vanity Fair" has been adapted for the screen and television in numerous occasions. It is almost an impossible task to get a coherent take on a narrative that spans a lot of years and in which a lot happens.

This adaptation of the book by Mira Nair with the adaptation by Julian Fellowes, is sumptuously photographed by Declan Quinn, who captures the Regency period in the England at the beginning of the XIX century. Ms. Nair's touch is evident in the way the costumes have an Indian flair as they were brilliantly executed by designer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor. Maria Djurkovic's wonderful production design is also an asset.

If anything, this reincarnation of the Thackerey's novel is a joy for the eyes. The rich period in which the action takes place comes alive in the screen as a feast of colors, which in a way, compensate for the failings on the story and in the way Ms. Nair conceived the way she wanted to tell this tale about an ambitious young woman who is the epitome of social climbing. As a character puts in the film, Becky Sharp would be a perfect mountaineer.

Part of what is wrong with the film is Reese Witherspoon in the central role. Not that her interpretation is wrong, it's that she doesn't project the character of Becky Sharp with an intensity that another actress might have brought to the role. In part, this might not have been Ms. Witherspoon's fault, but the director's, in the way she guided the key performance.

The other failure of the film lies in the last scenes in which one finds Becky in Baden-Baden. Becky, Amelia, and Dobbins, haven't aged one iota. For the sake of realism, a bit of old age makeup should have been applied to these actors, or else, one might believe in the curative waters of that German spa. If it was true, we should be taking the next flight to Germany. After all, if that were the case, it would be the end of plastic surgery as we know it!

Some of the best actors of the English stage and screen are seen in various roles. Bob Hoskins, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Rhys Ifan, Romola Garai, Jonathan Rhys-Meyer, James Purefoy, just to name a few, do an excellent job in the portrayal of their characters.

This "Vanity Fair", although flawed, is not a total failure. Mira Nair shows an amazing talent for being in command of such a large project.

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