After placing an ad for employment as a governess, Jane Eyre (Samantha Morton) journeys to Thornfield Hall to inquire about a possible position. She is hired by the housekeeper, Mrs. ... See full summary »


Robert Young


Charlotte Brontë (novel), Kay Mellor (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Findlay ... Mrs. Reed
Laura Harling Laura Harling ... Young Jane
Joanna Scanlan ... Bessie
Ben Sowden Ben Sowden ... John Reed
Barbara Keogh Barbara Keogh ... Miss Abbot
David Gant ... Mr. Brocklehurst
Emily Joyce ... Miss Temple
Gemma Eglinton Gemma Eglinton ... Helen Burns
Ruth Mitchell Ruth Mitchell ... Miss Scatchered
Dominique Belcourt ... Anna
Samantha Morton ... Jane Eyre
Gemma Jones ... Mrs. Fairfax
Timia Berthome Timia Berthome ... Adele (as Timia Berthomé)
Hermione Gulliford ... Sophie
Ciarán Hinds ... Edward Rochester (as Ciaran Hinds)


After placing an ad for employment as a governess, Jane Eyre (Samantha Morton) journeys to Thornfield Hall to inquire about a possible position. She is hired by the housekeeper, Mrs. Fairfax (Gemma Jones), to care for young Adele (Timia Berthome), the daughter of the brooding Mr. Rochester (Ciarán Hinds), who lives at the estate. After much trepidation, Eyre and Rochester begin a romantic relationship, but dark secrets surrounding Rochester threaten to destroy the couple's love.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A simple governess. A wealthy gentleman. And a secret that could destroy them both.


Drama | Romance


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When Mrs. Fairfax finds out that Mr. Rochester is coming home with a houseful of guests, and the staff gathers in the kitchen, the young actress that plays Adele turns and looks directly at the camera, smiles, and then turns to leave the scene. See more »


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A wonderful, if short, adaptation
7 February 2003 | by defenestrated-See all my reviews

The latest A&E production of Jane Eyre was short but satisfying. While it might have benefited from being longer, they managed to tell the basic story and retain the emotional impact. Unless you're an unforgiving purist, the cuts shouldn't detract from your appreciation of the movie. And if you are an unforgiving purist (there is nothing wrong with that), go find a copy of the Timothy Dalton '83 adaptation.

The biggest point of contention seems to be the performance styles. Peoples' takes on the way Mr. Rochester should be played tend to vary. I've seen the productions with William Hurt and George C. Scott criticized for having a Rochester who was so restrained he might as well have been the heroine in a Jane Austin novel. These people felt Rochester should be played passionately and with fire. After all, he's a manipulative would-be bigamist. Then there are people who feel Hinds was too wild in his portrayal of Rochester and a more restrained, subtle approach was warranted.

If you want a restrained, subtle Rochester, don't watch this version or the Timothy Dalton BBC production from '83. Go for the William Hurt or George C. Scott adaptations of Jane Eyre. If you're like me and you'd prefer a wilder Rochester, you'll probably enjoy both the '97 A&E and '83 BBC productions.

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19 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Penrith, Cumbria, England, UK See more »

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