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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 1940 (USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elizabeth Bennet
... Mr. Darcy
... Mrs. Bennet
... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
... Jane Bennet
... Lydia Bennet
... Miss Bingley
... Mr. Bennet
... Mrs. Collins
... Kitty Bennet
... Mary Bennet
... Mr. Collins
... Mr. Wickham
... Mr. Bingley
... Sir William Lucas
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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult. Written by Snow Leopard

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According to Madeleine Stowe in her introduction to the film on Turner Classic Movies, MGM ignored Laurence Olivier's pleas to cast Vivien Leigh as Elizabeth. Olivier and Leigh were both married to other people but carrying on a semi-public affair in the period when this film was being made. Studio executives felt that casting the couple as lovers in the film had the potential for negative publicity, so Louis B. Mayer personally nixed Leigh's inclusion in the film. See more »

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At one point, Mr Darcy suggests to Elizabeth that they should "call it quits". There is no recorded instance of this expression before 1851, decades after the film is set. See more »

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Mr. Bennet: Well, we're hoping Elizabeth can manage to catch a cold of her own and stay long enough to get engaged to Mr. Darcy. Then, if a good snowstorm could be arranged, we'd send Kitty over. But if a young man should happen to be in the house - a young man who likes singing, of course, who can discuss philosophy - Mary could go. Then, if a dashing young soldier in a handsome uniform should appear for Lydia, everything would be perfect, my dear.
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Slightly Rushed
8 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This film version of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice is generally pleasant to watch. The cast is certainly glamorous and a slight change in the period moved the story into one with fancier costumes to look at. At a few places the plot had to be rushed a little to make it fit into two hours and the ending is also a touch happier than in the novel. Some critics lamented the slightly changed ending but this works actually very well for this medium. The rushed plot elements increase the overall pace but compromises somewhat the credibility of the characters, while the increased pace is at odds with the much more tranquil way of life in days gone by.

Therefore, this is really watchable, but the definite version is the 1995 BBC mini series which is much closer to the novel as well.


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