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Northanger Abbey 

Catherine Morland is a young woman who enjoys reading Gothic Novels. She is invited to Bath by a family friend, Mrs. Allen, and there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. Upon ... See full summary »


Giles Foster


Jane Austen (novel), Maggie Wadey




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Schlesinger ... Catherine Morland
Peter Firth ... Henry Tilney
Robert Hardy ... General Tilney
Googie Withers ... Mrs. Allen
Geoffrey Chater ... Mr. Allen
Cassie Stuart ... Isabella Thorpe
Jonathan Coy ... John Thorpe
Ingrid Lacey ... Eleanor Tilney
Greg Hicks ... Frederick Tilney
Philip Bird Philip Bird ... James Morland
Elvi Hale Elvi Hale ... Mrs. Thorpe
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Mrs. Morland
David Rolfe David Rolfe ... Mr. Morland
Elaine Ives-Cameron Elaine Ives-Cameron ... Marchioness
Angela Curran Angela Curran ... Alice


Catherine Morland is a young woman who enjoys reading Gothic Novels. She is invited to Bath by a family friend, Mrs. Allen, and there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. Upon returning to her home with her family, Eleanor invites Catherine to come along as her guest and companion. There Catherine's imagination continues to flourish and she begins to suspect a dark secret at Northanger Abbey. Written by Cara-chan

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PBS [United States]





Release Date:

6 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The The striped muslin day dress worn by Helen Fraser (Mrs. Morland) at Fullerton is the same costume worn by Kate Ashfield (Ella, the Worrell's maid) in Princess Caraboo (1994), Toni Collette (Harriet Smith) wears while reading Mr. Elton's charade, Sophia Myles (Susan Price) at Portsmouth in Mansfield Park (1999), and Charity Wakefield (Marianne Dashwood) wears when Edward calls at Mrs. Jennings' London house in Sense & Sensibility (2008). See more »


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Nel cor piu non mi sento (from La Molinara)
Composed by Giovanni Paisiello
Performed by Peter Firth
{Henry Tilney sings]
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Oh dear!!
5 January 2001 | by SarahNMSee all my reviews

I've read this book probably 4 times, and loved it every single time. I'm afraid this movie has missed the mark. Well, no, it hasn't missed the mark - it doesn't even know where the mark is in the first place! First of all, these actors are nothing like I pictured the characters as I read. I may have pictured them somewhat differently from how Austen described them, but nevertheless I find it very hard to accept them as the characters in the book. They just don't fit. Second of all, why are there so many scenes cut out and new ones put in? It felt like I'd missed so much when the movie was over, and that it was rushed and incomplete. And all of her visions! Some of the scenes in this movie are very similar to those in John Gielgud's "Prospero's Books," which I know is lauded as brilliant filmmaking. However, here it just distracts from the story and creates an uncomfortable situation for the viewer. If you love Jane Austen, I would suggest not seeing this movie. Wait for someone like Emma Thompson or even Kenneth Branagh to do justice to it (although I hope he doesn't cast himself as Tilney!!).

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