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Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 1 September 2004 (USA)
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Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

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Mira Nair

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Matthew Faulk (screenplay), Mark Skeet (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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English | French | German

Release Date:

1 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanidad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,268,925, 5 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,136,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,111,020
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2.35 : 1
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Becky Sharp: Rawdon, wait! WAIT! I'm sorry! You cannot know the journey I have made.
Rawdon Crawley: I should. I traveled it with you.
Becky Sharp: Not from the beginning. Rawdon, in my way, I have love you.
Rawdon Crawley: Then that has been your misfortune.
Rawdon Crawley: [pauses]
Rawdon Crawley: Goodbye Rebecca.
[leaves]
Becky Sharp: [screams in despair]
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El Salam
Music and Lyrics by Amal El Taer and Hassan Esh Esh
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Disappointing, if not disastrous
4 June 2005 | by StarDragynSee all my reviews

Believe it or not, I am under the age of 20 and have read this novel purely out of interest and found it to be an amazing piece of work. Thackeray's unique writing style in "Vanity Fair" is captivating. I saw the movie only a week after finishing the book, with the details fresh in my mind, to be immensely displeased. I have read a number of excellent comments that go into detail of the faults of the movie, so I plan to keep this brief for those wanting a shorter critique.

At least half of the characters were misrepresented. I believe the only two relatively-accurate main characters were Jos Sedley and Rawdon Crawley. Becky was completely dismantled into something with scarcely a semblance of what she is portrayed as in the book. The character Dobbin was undefined; George Osborne was snobbish instead of cocky; his rigid father suddenly became sympathetic (way too early and much too far); not to mention troves of other discrepancies. I understand the goal may have been to come up with a more abridged version, but there were changes made that had nothing to do with shortening the screenplay. Besides, there were a number of musical pieces that could have been cut in order to use the time more beneficially by preserving some of the integrity of the film.

Thackeray would have been appalled at this hack job.

Were it not for my love for time period films, and the possibility of enjoying this movie as something very separate from the book, I would not care to see it again. At least the filming was impressive, though that hardly makes up for the rest. The theatrical trailer is the best part of the movie.


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