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Northanger Abbey (2007)

A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Judd ...
Julia Dearden ...
Mrs Morland
Mr Morland
David Brittain ...
Gothic Villains
Gothic Villains
David Sheehan ...
Cheeky Man
John Thorpe
Mal Whyte ...
Rude Man
Henry Tilney (as J J Feild)
Myles Breen ...
Mr King


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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Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA)  »

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L'abbaye de Northanger  »

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Did You Know?


The white and blue muslin day dress Felicity Jones (Catherine Morland) wears reading in Bath is the same costume worn by Samantha Bond (Maria Bertram) walking with Mr. Crawford in Mansfield Park (1983), and by Allie Byrne (Lady Kiely) in Sharpe's Battle (1995). See more »


At one point the dance caller announces that the next dance will be "Upon a Summer's Day". This dance was actually performed in an earlier scene, and is not the next dance in sequence. See more »


Catherine Morland: When shall we go into society, Mrs Allen? I suppose it is too late this evening?
Mrs. Allen: Bless you, my child, we neither of us have a stitch to wear!
Catherine Morland: I did bring my best frock and my pink muslin is not too bad, I think.
Mrs. Allen: No, no, no, no! Would you have us laughed out of Bath?
Mr. Allen: Resign yourself, Catherine! Shops must be visited! Money must be spent! Do you think you could bear it?
Catherine Morland: Very easily, sir!
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What fun! Andrew Davies does it again!
23 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a really lovely TV/film version of this book, and of course... the script is by master adapter Andrew Davies. He is just magnificent. Carey Mulligen (Bleak House, The Amazing Mrs. Prichard) is a young actress who really understands period drama, and can bring her full self to it without seeming modern. She is excellently cast as the "bad" friend of the lead.

Catherine Walker gives us an excellent interpretation of the "good" friend, and JJ Field gives us the most charming Henry Tilney. He is handsome and smart and fun and good. (The stuff of a girl's dreams, as he is supposed to be.)

Despite the short running time length, everything is here that needs to be here, and the costumes in this are gloriously beautiful, and tell us a lot about the character. We have only to look at the neckline of Isabella & Eleanor's dresses to know all we need to know about them.

Felicity Jones as our lead Catherine is just perfect... all the right notes. I did enjoy the version done in the 1980s?... even though the fantasy sections were very modern pop-punk with music by "art of noise." It worked... but this current one will be much more enjoyed by the purists. ENJOY this masterful adaptation!

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