Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

DVD - 2006
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Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781417055067
1417055065
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (129 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Austen, Jane 1775-1817 Pride and prejudice
Alternative Title: Pride and prejudice

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This is a movie to be watched and re-watched. The cast truly brings the book to life. We giggle and swoon for Mr. Darcy every time!


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SPPL_Violet Mar 21, 2018

I think my college professor lost a little bit of respect for me when I told her this was my favorite version and not the Colin Firth one.

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nawchem
Feb 18, 2018

I love Jane Austen's writing, documenting the roles women were forced into by not having the basic rights of modern society. Shows the weird interplay of romance and reliance on men that was necessary for women to have decent lives. This movie is entertaining, I love the story. I think Kyra Knightley did a wonderful job. I never tire of watching this movie.

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Janice21383
Feb 09, 2018

"Hey, what if we took the character of Mary, and made her the heroine of Pride & Prejudice -- but she's all feisty? Twist!" This is what I imagined was going through minds of the producers of this film, one of a long line of Austen adaptations that seem to be struggling to distinguish themselves. My mind had a lot of opportunity to drift, until finally I turned it off. The characters, never Miss Austen's most subtle, are more exaggerated, Matthew Macfadyen is miscast as the cold, proud, handsome Mr. Darcy -- he's a good actor, but c'mon, look at him -- and Joe Wright directs in his usual ham-fisted way. But what really killed the film for me was Keira Knightly as Elizabeth. Her acting range is...let's say not great, and that thing she does with her jaw drives me up a wall. Okay, so I didn't like it. Who would? People who either didn't read or didn't like the book; people who like their heroines the standard spirited, bookish, and beautiful-but-don't-know-it; people who like to cry into wine.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jul 26, 2017

I don't generally read chickbooks; as Marvin says in As Good As It Gets: "I think of a man, and take away reason and accountability." I almost discarded this film as at the start it seems to be ridden with vapid women, but I like Donald Southerland(and he rewarded me when I stayed with the film); so, I stayed with it, and it turns out that the two older daughters are very admirable effective women and it is a warm story. Only the nattering ninny mother and her three younger daughters are lacking any reason or accountability.

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Mrojas0799
Jul 14, 2017

A very good modern adaption. I thought the cast fit well together and accurately portrayed the story.

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swyckl
May 31, 2017

I enjoyed this very much. Well presented. Strong story. Well acted. If you love a non-fiction story using fiction names and places describing what it was like to live late 1800's you will love this story. That is what Jane Austin effectively preserves in her verbatim of the rules of love and the societal class system which existed. It represents what limited options females were allowed in society. Women were unable to follow a career, go to school. Women could only marry to secure their future. They had to try to marry the riches man possible to insure they did not starve or be homeless. The marriage they picked secured the future for their children too. There was no birth control then. If a female risked pregnancy out of wedlock, she was abandoned left to die and so was her child. Thank god, the present society in North American has advanced since then and women have more options.

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ssaradd
Apr 14, 2017

Definitely not the best book adaptation, but I love this film. The music, the actors, the dreamy settings. I can watch this again and again. I have spent many a rainy day crying over my wine with the credits of this film rolling.

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moirajames
Mar 05, 2017

I like the actors, lots of great aspects to the film but there is so much that is not correct for the period it drives me nuts (states of what would have been considered "undress" in the period but they are trying to pass off as okay, etc.). The ending is particularly painful. Also at times so cheesy it's hard to stand.

Nonetheless as P&P fan, I still watch it sometimes, muttering insults to the ones who produced it for not having addressed the easily correctable issues that would have taken this film to greater heights.

May I recommend if you have not seen it the black and white P & P with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. It's set in a different period but quite enjoyable.

ArapahoeSarahD Sep 25, 2016

This is quite possibly the only movie that I will admit is my favorite above the book. (waits for Austen-ites to lose their minds). Yes, I said it.
I found the characters to be strong, the set beautiful and the music, an addition that plays in my mind anytime someone mentions the late great Austen.

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blue_wolf_1165
Jul 26, 2016

Um was anyone else annoyed by elizabeth's wrong period hairstyles?

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Grecoel
Apr 13, 2017

Elizabeth Bennet: Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony, which is why I will end up an old maid.

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ChanellyBelly
Jul 21, 2014

"We all are fools in love."

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Monolith
Jan 13, 2013

Mrs. Bennet: "Have you no compassion for my poor nerves?!?" Mr. Bennet: "You mistake me, my dear. I have the highest respect for them. They've been my constant companion these twenty years..."

Captain_America Aug 26, 2011

Mrs Bennet: "Mr. Bennet, do something!!!"
Mr. Bennet with a deep sigh, "Elizabeth, your mother will never see you again if you don't marry Mr. Colins. And . . . I will never see you again if you do."
Elizabeth with a grateful smile, "Thank you, Papa."

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an english gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife. The Bennets 5 daughters; the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately for the Bennets, if Mr Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependant on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing (and richer) but proud Mr Darcy. Love is soon in the air for one of the Bennet sisters, while another may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness, including class, gossip and scan

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