Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

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Joe Wright

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Deborah Moggach (screenplay by), Jane Austen (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keira Knightley ... Elizabeth Bennet
Talulah Riley ... Mary Bennet
Rosamund Pike ... Jane Bennet
Jena Malone ... Lydia Bennet
Carey Mulligan ... Kitty Bennet
Donald Sutherland ... Mr. Bennet
Brenda Blethyn ... Mrs. Bennet
Claudie Blakley ... Charlotte Lucas
Sylvester Morand ... Sir William Lucas
Simon Woods ... Mr. Bingley
Kelly Reilly ... Caroline Bingley
Matthew Macfadyen ... Mr. Darcy
Pip Torrens ... Netherfield Butler
Janet Whiteside Janet Whiteside ... Mrs. Hill
Sinead Matthews ... Betsy

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Storyline

The story is based on Jane Austen's novel about five sisters - Jane (Rosamund Pike), Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), Mary (Talulah Riley), Kitty (Carey Mulligan), and Lydia Bennet (Jena Malone) - in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when wealthy young Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) and his best friend, Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), arrive in their neighborhood. Written by Marcy Gomez

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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That one most beautiful theme of the title music played on the piano by Mr. Thibaudet is 1:1 by Carl-Maria v. Weber, Sonata No.2, A Flat major: Well copied, Sir! (as far as could be googled, this has been mentioned nowhere, funny..) See more »

Goofs

In the Netherfield Hall ballroom scene, Mary is seen behind Mr. Collins when Mr. Collins loudly introduces himself to Mr. Darcy; she is then immediately heard playing the piano in the next room. The scene of Caroline & Lizzie observing and commenting on the manners of Mr. Collins is simultaneous with the Collins/Darcy scene; therefore it is impossible for Mary to be also heard singing at this time from another room into which Lizzie then walks. The director's comments about a montage of the events that occur at the ball, cannot rule this out as a goof. See more »

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Jane Bennet: Lydia. Kitty.
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Thanks to ... The Dromgoole family ... all at Sands Films ... Andrew and Pippa Reis and family ... the residents and businesses of Stamford Lincolnshire. See more »

Alternate Versions

US version has a different ending: after Mr. Bennet and Elizabeth's conversation, a scene follows where Darcy and "Mrs. Darcy" are at Pemberly talking about their happiness. See more »

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The Bishop
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Traditional
Performed by English Chamber Orchestra
[Plays during the second dance at Meryton ball]
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brilliance took two decades to arrive
6 November 2005 | by kristen87See all my reviews

before i start, i would like to say this. i can read, have read the book, and i read the title of the movie before watching, as should you all. quite disappointed in all the pompous idiots filled with prejudice about the movie.

I know that another version of the well-mined Jane Austen classic would need to be brilliant indeed. Such diverse and beautifully written characters and such a delightful plot, so deeply rooted in a profound understanding of human nature, are timelessly attractive to directors, actors and audiences alike. So give them a break. you couldn't do any better.

Lets start with Mr Darcy. Darcys embodied by Olivier, Firth and now Matthew McFadyen bring differently significance to enjoy in the proud and socially awkward leading male role. Where Olivier and Firth gave us an aloof, arrogant Darcy encased rigidly in a shell so impenetrable it was almost impossible to believe he had been moved by Lizzie's sardonic criticisms or attracted by her spirited independence, McFadyen shows a more accessible Darcy. He's vulnerable, even fragile behind his stiff manners. His aloofness is more believably from social inadequacy than arrogance, yet he is believably constrained by his social standing to regard decorum, fortune and propriety in a wife's family as significant in his choice of a bride. His capitulation to Lizzie is therefore more believable.

Similarly Garson, Ehle and Keira Knightley illustrate the lively intelligence, sharp-minded wit and wry humour of Elizabeth Bennet in equally shining ways that nevertheless bring out different aspects of the character. Keira Knightly's performance as Elizabeth Bennett is by far her best, as she sparkles in this role.

The two have a chemistry that i had yet to see on the big or small screen - one that mirrors real life romances. the dislike on both accounts is obvious, watching it grow to love was beautiful and stunning. the love story is heart-felt and sweetly, deeply affecting to a level that modern romantic comedies rarely achieve. I found this movie to be a a richly photographed, memorable ensemble production in which the romance is predominant over the drama but does not eclipse it. though my one disappointment - the ending?! of course i wanted to see them kiss, who didn't? but the shots of them arguing in the rain, and as they draw close with the sunlight shining between them was breathtaking.

Giving due significance to the rural environment which plays such an important part in the story, the cinematography captures wide frames of soft, misty fields, copses and winding country roads as an environment which underscores the gentle manners and passionately beating hearts beneath empire gowns and ruffled shirts. The surroundings both detract from the humans and function as appropriately natural settings for the dramas of human nature.

Keira Knightley's swan-like Elizabeth moves with energy and grace, hotly opinionated and profoundly moved by principles and prejudices, and magnetically drawn by the seeming arrogance, reticence and gallant behaviour, finally revealed, of Mr Darcy. For two centuries Elizabeth Bennet has been a heroine much admired for her self-contained independence within a culture more conditioned to female submissiveness. Knightley's portrayal is true to the original.

All in all, i must give this movie 5 stars, 10 out of 10, 100 % brilliance. The story itself, the characters, the actors, everything that was in the movie 'bewitched me body and soul'. i have never been more moved by a movie, especially not one where i found it to be as hilarious as it was moving.


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23 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,804,000, 13 November 2005

Gross USA:

$38,405,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,616,555
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