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Jane Eyre (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 19 October 1997
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Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes a governess to a young French girl and finds love with the brooding lord of the manor is ... See full summary »

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Robert Young

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Charlotte Brontë (novel), Kay Mellor (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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)
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Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes a governess to a young French girl and finds love with the brooding lord of the manor is given a standard romantic flare, but sparks do not seem to happen between the two leads in this version. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

A&E page for Jane Eyre

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Version of Jane Eyre (1968) See more »

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Too rushed, too much missing, characterisation didn't fit the book.
20 September 2006 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

I am an unforgiving purist and my favourite version of Jane Eyre has to be the BBC version with Timothy Dalton playing Rochester as an attractive, witty, sensitive, firm and fascinating man. Edward Rochester is one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes and Ciaran Hinds played him as a selfish bully to whom I had difficulty believing Jane would have been attracted. There wasn't enough time to show the development of their friendship, so Jane's love appeared unconvincing. In fact, I felt that taken at face value, this Jane would only have loved this Rochester because she had no previous experience with men and was pushed into it. The truth of their relationship as written in the novel is completely different: that of mutual respect and understanding, as two solitary people often misunderstood by others but who become soul mates. This is what draws me to the book and why I often feel dissatisfied with adaptations. The development of Jane Eyre as a person is its most important theme - she has a deprived and abused childhood and only by finding Thornfield and its inhabitants is she allowed to blossom. One important thing missing here was Jane's financial independence at the end, which emphasises her real status and voluntary return to Rochester. I also didn't like the re-writing of almost all the dialogue, because Charlotte Bronte's original text is wonderful and more evocative. I don't believe it is possible to do justice to this unique story in any adaptation of this length - only a multi-part mini series can give enough time to fill in all the important details. I look forward to the latest BBC version with Toby Stephens as Rochester!

Above all, read the book!


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