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Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016)

In this modern day spin on "Pride & Prejudice," Elizabeth Scott (Cindy Busby), is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show.


David Winning


Teena Booth (teleplay), Teri Wilson (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cindy Busby ... Elizabeth Scott
Ryan Paevey ... Donovan Darcy
Elizabeth McLaughlin ... Gabrielle Barrow
Frances Fisher ... Violet Darcy
Lini Evans ... Linda Scott
Tammy Gillis ... Jenna Scott
Sarah Desjardins ... Zara Darcy
Courtney Richter ... Felicity Robson
Ryan Kennedy ... Henry Robson
Ken Tremblett ... Grant Markham
Ty Wood ... Joe Markham
Hannah Carter Hannah Carter ... Student
Keith Martin Gordey Keith Martin Gordey ... Dr. Thurston
Robert Allan Hughes ... Dog Show Man
Noel Johansen ... Linus


In this modern day spin on "Pride and Prejudice," Elizabeth Scott is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show. Dog show judge Donovan Darcy comes across as aristocratic and rude and a chain of misunderstandings unfold during the competition, complicating their mutual attraction. In true Jane Austen fashion, Elizabeth and Donovan begin to see the error of their ways and it turns out Mr. Darcy is far more kind and interesting than Elizabeth ever imagined. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Drama | Romance


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Aired as the fourth of four original films in The Hallmark Channel's 2016 "Winterfest" lineup. See more »


No dog show I have ever seen or been to would have one of the handlers coming into the ring while the rest of the class/group is already in the ring. Nor would that same handler leave the ring after their dog was judged. The entire class/group goes into the ring as one and stays in that ring until the judge declares the winner. See more »


Version of Lost in Austen (2008) See more »


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Written by Jeff Toyne and Melissa R. Kaplan
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Darcy coming out of the pool.
4 March 2016 | by jrfosterwtSee all my reviews

Loved the actor that played Donovan Darcy - and when he stepped from the pool in those swim shorts - all memories of the pond scene with Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice 1995) left my head...I didn't much care for how the leads switched places - like rotating around each other when they're interacting. I guess it was a way to show they attracted like opposite magnets that even will flip (in love) and come towards each other. Plus, I love all the dogs in the film (being a mother to 6 canines myself). And remember, with all the interpretations of Pride and Prejudice that are out there, even if you are doing it in some misguided way to show a woman how much you love her, you DO NOT list all the things wrong with her, her family, etc. before you propose to her. You love someone for themselves and IN SPITE of themselves, but list what all you think is wrong with me then act like all is well and here comes the happy ending. Expect more from yourself and the woman you're meant to be with.

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23 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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