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Northanger Abbey (2007)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Romance  -  20 January 2008 (USA)
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A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart.

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Jane Austen (voice)
Michael Judd ...
Pastor
Julia Dearden ...
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David Brittain ...
Gothic Villain
Patrick Ryan ...
Gothic Villain
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Desmond Barrit ...
David Sheehan ...
Cheeky Man
William Beck ...
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Sedley
Mal Whyte ...
Rude Man
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Henry Tilney (as J J Feild)
Myles Breen ...
Mr. King
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When Catherine Morland is given the opportunity to stay with the childless Allen family in Bath, she is hoping for an adventure of the type she has been reading in novels. Soon introduced to society, she meets Isabella Thorpe and her brother John, a good friend of her own brother, James. She also meets Henry Tilney, a handsome young man from a good family and his sister, Eleanor. Invited to visit the Tilney estate, Northanger Abbey, she has thoughts of romance but soon learns that status, class and money are all equally important when it comes to matters of the heart. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

The white overdress with pink and green stripes Carey Mulligan (Isabella Thorpe) is wearing when she first meets Catherine Morland is the same costume worn by Jessica Ashworth (Lucy Lefroy) to the Laverton Fair in Becoming Jane (2007). See more »

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When Mr. Henry Tilney meets Mrs. Morland, he virtually drains his glass, which is then refilled ("I should like to pay my respects"), and drained again ("Perhaps Miss Morland"). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Allen: There! Did you ever see anything prettier, Mr Allen?
Mr. Allen: Other than yourself, do you mean, my dear?
Mrs. Allen: Oh, fine, Mr Allen! But Catherine...
Mr. Allen: Ah, she looks just as she should! Now... might we make our way, do you think? I entertain high hopes of our arriving at the rooms by midnight.
Mrs. Allen: How he teases us, Catherine! Midnight, indeed!
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A witty and light adaptation
23 May 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I've really enjoyed that adaptation. It's witty, charming and the necessary changes brought to the book narrative are clever and do not jar too much with the original. It made me reread the book, which I think should always be the effect of a good adaptation.

The actor playing Henry Tilney was charming (maybe more than the book Henry Tilney in fact) and all the others seemed to fit their roles. Carey Mulligan makes a very effective Isabella Thorpe and plays her part with subtlety while Felicity Jones looks just naive enough for the role of Catherine. I was only bothered by the choice of William Beck of Robin Hood to play John Thorpe. His physical appearance simply did not seem to fit the character. He is a very good actor but hardly attractive enough to make a valid love-interest for romantic Catherine.

The only reason I do not give it "10" is because of the absurd over-sexualisation of Catherine's dreams or the lending to her of "The Monk" by Thorpe.

This is taking incredible liberties with the historical period in order to "make it relevant" to 21st century viewers which TV film-makers must assume to be incapable of viewing anything with interest if it does not contain overtly sexual contents, though the contrary has been proved again and again.


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