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Mansfield Park (1999)

At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral ... See full summary »

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Patricia Rozema

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Patricia Rozema
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Taylor Gordon ... Young Fanny
Talya Gordon Talya Gordon ... Young Susan
Lindsay Duncan ... Mrs. Price / Lady Bertram
Bruce Byron Bruce Byron ... Carriage Driver
James Purefoy ... Tom Bertram
Sheila Gish ... Mrs. Norris
Harold Pinter ... Sir Thomas Bertram
Elizabeth Eaton Elizabeth Eaton ... Young Maria
Elizabeth Earl Elizabeth Earl ... Young Julia
Philip Sarson Philip Sarson ... Young Edmond
Amelia Warner ... Teenage Fanny
Frances O'Connor ... Fanny Price
Jonny Lee Miller ... Edmund Bertram
Victoria Hamilton ... Maria Bertram
Hugh Bonneville ... Mr. Rushworth
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Storyline

At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral compass, she becomes especially close to Edmund, Thomas's younger son. Fanny is soon possessed of beauty as well as a keen mind and comes to the attention of a neighbor, Henry Crawford. Thomas promotes this match, but to his displeasure, Fanny has a mind of her own, asking Henry to prove himself worthy. As Edmund courts Henry's sister and as light shines on the link between Thomas's fortunes and New World slavery, Fanny must assess Henry's character and assert her heart as well as her wit. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jane Austen's Wicked Comedy

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief violent images, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Familia din Mansfield Park See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£103,266 (United Kingdom), 2 April 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,608, 21 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,764,741, 5 March 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Justine Waddell who plays Julia Bertram played Molly Gibson in Wives and Daughters. See more »

Goofs

When Fanny is caught in the rainstorm, under the shelter of a tree, she drops apples out of her basket and squats down to retrieve them. She can be seen reaching to the ground, and with an empty hand, pretend dropping invisible apples into her basket. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Bertram: Surely you and I are beyond speaking when words are clearly not enough.
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Version of Mansfield Park (1983) See more »

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Confused Director/Writer Patricia Rozema
6 January 2002 | by newhallartistSee all my reviews

It's apparent to me that director/writer Patricia Rozema never decided what genre to use for this film as she's all over the place. The end result is a mass of confusion which attempts to focus on Jane Austen's book "Mansfield Park", biographical sketches of Jane Austen herself, as well as an historical look back at black slavery issues simultaneously and doing none justice. As if all this wasn't bad enough, Rozema couldn't even decide what time period she wanted to use for the movie. It's not just major flaws in the script which has the various characters expressing themselves in ways which would have been much more appropriate for a character of today but also the costumes are all wrong. Many of the characters just seem to exist. As a viewer, I find little character development to make me care one way or the other about most of the cast of characters in this film. Even the leading female and male characters in the film seem lost among the others due to a lack of contrast. Worst of all is the most unimaginative use of narration that I can recall seeing in any film to date. Although this was meant to serve as a transition between scenes and to move the plot along, it fails miserably. There also seems to be a large amount of indistinguishable dialogue in this film that was not intentional. It wasn't until I watched this film with the director's comments which had the actor's dialogue in captions that I even understood what was being said in some scenes despite the fact that I had tried repeated playbacks. They must have have some audio problems. Music for this film was too loud in places and poorly chosen. Speaking of director's comments: Her primary motivation for making this film (according to what she said on the film's DVD version) was a scene which which utilized sexually explicit and violently graphic pen and ink drawings of slaves. Huh? For a Jane Austen film? Yes! Hear the comments yourself in the DVD version.


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