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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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The Gayest Comedy Hit of the Screen! Five Gorgeous Beauties on a Mad-Cap Manhunt! With the Stars of "Mr. Chips" and "Rebecca"...and a Superb Cast! See more »

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Más fuerte que el orgullo  »

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Following an incredibly successful two years in the United States (both critically and commercially), Laurence Olivier took a twelve-year hiatus from making films in Hollywood. Olivier returned to England to work in the film and stage industries there, and spend time with his new bride, Vivien Leigh. 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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Elizabeth Bennett: Oh, if you want to be really refined, you have to be dead. There's no one as dignified as a mummy
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Opening credits prologue: It happened in OLD ENGLAND . . . . in the village of Meryton . . . . See more »

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Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
(pub. 1886) (uncredited)
from "Pictures at an Exhibition"
Composed by Modest Mussorgsky
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Very Enjoyable (Despite Departures From the Novel)
20 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Viewed solely as a movie, this version of "Pride and Prejudice" is quite enjoyable, and has plenty of strengths. Since it was adapted from a stage play that was in turn based on the novel, it is perhaps inevitable that there would be a lot of differences from the original, both in the characters and in the events (plus a few anachronisms). Most of the time, these fit in all right with the story, but it is hard not to feel that it would have been an even better film if they had stayed closer to the original in the later parts. In all honesty, though, none of this prevents it from being a very good movie in its own right.

For the most part, the main story is the familiar one, following the hopes and anxieties of the Bennet family as they look for husbands for their five daughters. Greer Garson might be slightly different from the Elizabeth of the novel, but she is very appealing, and her character is quite effective. Laurence Olivier works very well as the prideful Darcy. Most of the supporting cast also is good, especially Edmund Gwenn as the perpetually bemused Mr. Bennet. It does a good job of illustrating the main themes in the relationships amongst the characters, while also providing many light and humorous moments. It's an entertaining and effective mix that makes it a satisfying movie despite the departures from the novel.


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