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Jane Eyre (1996)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 12 April 1996 (USA)
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Jane Eyre (Anna Paquin and Charlotte Gainsbourg) is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed (Fiona Shaw), and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There ... See full summary »

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Charlotte Brontë (novel), Hugh Whitemore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Young Jane Eyre
Nic Knight Nic Knight ... John Reed
Nicola Howard Nicola Howard ... Eliza Reed
Sasha Graff Sasha Graff ... Georgiana Reed
Fiona Shaw ... Mrs. Reed
John Wood ... Mr. Brocklehurst
Geraldine Chaplin ... Miss Scatcherd
Amanda Root ... Miss Temple
Leanne Rowe ... Helen Burns
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Jane Eyre
Richard Warwick ... John
Judith Parker Judith Parker ... Leah
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Fairfax
Joséphine Serre Joséphine Serre ... Adele (as Josephine Serre)
Billie Whitelaw ... Grace Poole
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Jane Eyre (Anna Paquin and Charlotte Gainsbourg) is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed (Fiona Shaw), and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks employment outside of the school. Her advertisement is answered by the housekeeper of Thornfield Hall, Mrs. Fairfax (Dame Joan Plowright). Written by Volker Boehm

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The passionate tale of forbidden secrets!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The cast includes three Oscar winners: William Hurt, Julian Fellowes, and Anna Paquin; and one Oscar nominee: Dame Joan Plowright. See more »

Goofs

In the late scene in which the wind blows St John Rivers's hat off, the trees in the background are being blown in the opposite direction. In the following shot in which he chases his hat, all trees are entirely still. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Rochester: Sometimes I have the strangest feeling about you. Especially when you are near me as you are now. It feels as though I had a string tied here under my left rib where my heart is, tightly knotted to you in a similar fashion. And when you go to Ireland, with all that distance between us, I am afraid that this cord will be snapped, and I shall bleed inwardly.
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The worst adaptation, in my opinion
1 March 2008 | by aernestSee all my reviews

Since I have commented on every version of Jane Eyre, these last sorry laurels for worst adaptation go to this version. The screenplay is not good, condensing or altogether dispensing with what I feel are vital portions of the story. One commenter remarked that it was Zefferelli's vision taking precedence over the book. Is that a good thing? I feel not - if one is going to adapt a literary classic, one should make SOME attempt to hew closely to THAT classic. The biggest weakness in this version, sadly, is Hurt himself. Jane Eyres live or die according to their Rochesters, and this one is NOT worthy of the source material. I generally like Hurt, but he could not be more wrong for this role. It requires a non-Method heroic hamminess of which he is simply not capable. As a result, Hurt's Rochester is weak, nice, and definitely not dangerous in any way. He's simply a needy guy. One nice point - Charlotte Gainsborough makes a superb Jane. Her plain looks and subdued manner with sparks of the free spirit underneath do the role justice. I enjoy watching all versions of this work, but this one is by far the worst all-around.


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Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$269,929, 14 April 1996

Gross USA:

$5,200,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,200,601
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1.85 : 1
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