Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia Sedley.

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Mira Nair

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Matthew Faulk (screenplay), Mark Skeet (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... The Marquess of Steyne
Angelica Mandy Angelica Mandy ... Young Becky
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Francis Sharp
Ruth Sheen ... Miss Pinkerton
Kate Fleetwood ... Miss Pinkerton's Crone
Reese Witherspoon ... Becky Sharp
Lillete Dubey ... Ms. Green (as Lillette Dubey)
Romola Garai ... Amelia Sedley
Tony Maudsley ... Joseph Sedley
Deborah Findlay ... Mrs. Sedley
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Mr. Sedley
Paul Bazely ... Biju
Rhys Ifans ... William Dobbin
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... George Osborne
Charlie Beall ... Gambler
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Storyline

The British Empire flowers; exotic India colors English imaginations. Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), the orphaned daughter of a painter and a singer, leaves a home for girls to be a governess, armed with a keen wit, good looks, fluent French, and an eye for social advancement. Society tries its best to keep her from climbing. An episodic narrative follows her for twenty years, through marriage, Napoleonic wars, a child, loyalty to a school friend, the vicissitudes of the family whose daughters she instructed, and attention from a bored marquess who collected her father's paintings. Honesty tempers her schemes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In a time of social climbers, Becky Sharp is a mountaineer. See more »

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Robert Pattinson had his scenes as Becky's son, Rawdy, deleted in the final edition. See more »

Goofs

The Song which Becky Sharp was dancing to is actually an Arabic folk song (AssalamAlekom) released in 2001. See more »

Quotes

Becky Sharp: I'll manage.
Rawdon Crawley: Won't you just. There never was a woman that could manage like you, Becky Sharp.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits start rolling the word "Alvida" (goodbye) appears in Urdu script. Beneath it is the following dedication: for our beloved Ammy Kulsum Alibhai 1927-2003 See more »

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Referenced in 2011 MTV Movie Awards (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Lyrics by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Music by Mychael Danna
Produced by Mychael Danna
Performed by Custer LaRue
Custer LaRue appears courtesy of The Dorian Group, Ltd.
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Beautiful even if confusing
6 May 2006 | by WildwoodFlower08See all my reviews

Vanity Fair is a beautiful film, with gorgeous scenery and amazing costumes. However, it takes a great deal of concentration to figure out exactly what is going on.

Becky Sharp is the daughter of an artist and a chorus girl, far from respectable parents. When she finishes school, she does all she can to try to pull herself up in society, using her wit, intelligence, and sexuality. She ruthlessly climbs the social class ladder, but might have hit a small bump when she let herself fall in love.

The movie, while it has good intentions, fails to provide a smooth running plot. Instead, it it simply a viewing of the ways of Becky, played perfectly by Reese Witherspoon. Reese shines in the role, bringing humanity to the character, and makes you like Becky, despite her often malicious ways. However, not even she can make the plot clear in the first viewing. It took me a second time to love this movie.

The exotic feel of the Indian scenes is the best part, especially when Becky performs an Indian dance for the king. Its a beautiful scene. Also, the affection between Becky and Rawdon (a great James Purefoy) is endearing. A great movie, if you have the patience to figure it out.


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Release Date:

1 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,800,000, 5 September 2004

Gross USA:

$16,136,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,463,185
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