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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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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

Writers:

Jane Austen (novel), Deborah Moggach (screenplay)
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Cast

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 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, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet - in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood. Written by Marcy Gomez

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This holiday season, experience the greatest love story of all time. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pride & Prejudice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,529,947 (United Kingdom), 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,865,017, 13 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,405,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,147,947
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Dario Marianelli wrote most of the dance music prior to filming. See more »

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During the first ball, when Darcy claims that Elizabeth is not handsome enough to tempt him, a blue mark can clearly be seen on the floor in front of Bingley's feet. See more »

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[first lines]
Jane Bennet: Lydia. Kitty.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Version of Matinee Theatre: Pride and Prejudice (1956) See more »

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A timeless adaptation of a timeless Jane Austen novel.
4 August 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

The fantastic romantic world of Jane Austen again makes its way to the silver screen in Joe Wright's new adaptation of the classic novel Pride and Prejudice. It is the first feature film to be adapted from it in 65 years, and believe me when I say it does not disappoint. This adaptation is, for lack of a better word, a BRILLIANT achievement that keeps you actively involved from the first scene to the very last scene, just about consuming you with aching romance – and it is sprinkled with humour and intelligence.

Still taking place in the late 1700s and still interweaving its story with timeless emotion, pride, narrow-mindedness and love, Pride and Prejudice (2005) zooms in on the Bennet household in class-conscious, stuck-up England. In this household, we follow five spirited sisters under the idealism of their overbearing mother (a superbly neurotic Brenda Blethlyn providing for the comic relief) who desperately wants them all to marry and thereby secure the future of the family estate. But the standout sister and protagonist in the film, Lizzie (Keira Knightley) is clever enough to have other ideas, but alas too romantic to carry them out... *sigh*

When reviewing period films such as this one, one often focuses on the setting and costume design. I believe this is done because they are often better crafted than the actual story. But in Pride and Prejudice (2005), the stormy emotions of its characters–bottled up but bubbling to get out–completely consume the entire film and places understated set designs in the backseat. Only when it was consciously put forward, like when Lizzie Bennet was admiring the beautiful architecture and Greek statues of Mr. Darcy's estate, did I ever notice the background – and it was, of course, extraordinary. A similar state displaying the dynamics of its central cast should be attributed to the grand dancing scene between Lizzie and Mr. Darcy – the two are so absorbing that when Wright purposely fades out the the rest of the dancing crowd, you do not notice a change. Your eyes are still solely Knightley and Macfadyen. It took me three viewings to realise this.

As for acting performances then, the unspeakably lovely Keira Knightley has finally done it. She has proved me wrong with a truly Oscar-worthy performance and she does it without crying, worrying, moping and sighing like the other nominees that year. Knightley is in fact all about sweet subtlety here, bringing a fantastic presence to her high-spirited character Lizzie. She is the type of character that every girl and woman in the world can identify with and with Knightley behind her to give her oomph, you will not find a more likable creature in films this year. MacFayden is completely satisfactory as Lizzie's love interest Mr. Darcy, but he is no Colin Firth – lacking in charm and is a bit too wooden. But no matter, because these two have the best on-screen chemistry I have ever seen. I'm not kidding, this was sensational. Such magnetism. It is highlighted from scene 1, playfully touching upon their sexual tension and gradually turning it into feverish love that sends chills down your spine.

Every last actor in the cast of Pride and Prejudice (2005) gets to shine in their character–from Dame Judi Dench as a cold rich lady to Donald Sutherland as caring Mr Bennet, all except Jena Malone whose all too Valley-girl American attitude was distracting and annoyingly anachronistic. But it is Knightley who is in focus and who propels the film with her warm charisma. It is impossible not to fall in love with the main characters, and I say this as someone who avoids romance-themed films and who does not care for period films.

This is a truly timeless story and this film will hopefully be remembered, celebrated and praised for breathing life into it with such passion.

10/10 (which is a rare grade for me)


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