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Jane Eyre (1996)

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Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks ... 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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Storyline

Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks employment outside the school. Her advertisement is answered by the housekeeper of Thornfield Hall, Mrs. Fairfax. Written by Volker Boehm

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

France | Italy | UK | USA

Language:

English | French

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:

$23,860, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$5,200,600
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When young Jane and Helen Burns are lying together in bed, their hands and arms jump around between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jane Eyre: Remember, the shadows are just as important as the light.
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Connections

Referenced in Biography: The Bronte Sisters (2004) See more »

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This movie lacked the wonderfully romantic repartee between the two main characters which made the original novel so great.
29 June 2001 | by cashbySee all my reviews

What made the idea of seeing this movie so attractive was the hope that it would live up to Charlotte Bronte's brilliance of the original classic story. I was deeply disappointed to find that this movie, which seemed to be either written or filmed in great haste, had not the qualities that made the original novel so powerful. Much of the witty back and forth between the main characters, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, seemed to be either missing from the screenplay or left on the cutting room floor. Also missing was Jane Eyre's charismatic sense of self, which enabled her to suffer through her turmoil and triumph over all. The original Jane Eyre was a hero. The woman in this movie did not seem to have much to triumph over, including one of the greatest parts of the story when Jane runs away from Thornfield and Mr. Rochester. Her struggle to find food and shelter, her shame at having to beg for bread, the threat of freezing to death in the cold, all to get away from a man she loved were, in my opinion, poignant parts of the story that were simply left out of this movie. The title character seemed dry and uninspired. The story was unappealing and for those who did not read the book, I cannot imagine that this story would be the least bit interesting. The screenplay and Direction did little if any credit to the classic story.


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