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Pride and prejudice

Pride and prejudice (edition 2004)

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The story of the lively, precocious and very eligible Bennet girls captures all the nuances of 19th century life among the English gentry, a society obsessed with profitable marriage contracts.
Title:Pride and prejudice
Info:Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 2004.
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Pride and Prejudice [1980 TV mini-series] by Cyril Coke (Director)

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Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Lizzy – Elizabeth Garvie
Darcy – David Rintoul

Jane – Sabina Franklyn
Lydia – Natalie Ogle
Mary – Tessa Peake-Jones
Kitty – Clare Higgins
Mrs Bennet – Priscilla Morgan
Mr Bennet – Moray Watson
Mr Bingley – Osmund Bullock
Caroline Bingley – Marsha Fitzalan
Mr Collins – Malcolm Rennie
Mr Wickham – Peter Settelen
Lady Catherine – Judy Parfitt

Screenplay by Fay Weldon.
Directed by Cyril Coke.

BBC, Mini-Series, 5 episodes, ca. 265 min. overall.


This version baffles me no end. How some people can hail it as the best adaptation ever, especially considering the 1995 series, is well beyond me. The best that can be said about this movie is that it keeps close to the novel and that its extensive length allows the luxury of very few cuts. But the production is drab and the direction is dull.

The cast is at best questionable. Elizabeth Garvie is a cute and rather delightful Lizzy, although she tends to downplay the character too much. Still, she is way superior to this dull stick David Rintoul. He looks like an orangutan, he moves like one, and he sounds like a robot. If there ever was a more wooden, artificial and just plain tedious Darcy, I have yet to meet him. He is the greatest disappointment in a production of spectacular mediocrity.

Mrs Bennet’s portrayal is rather accomplished though by no means exceptional. But Mr Bennet is completely devoid of his exquisite sense of humour, and he comes off as a stuffy old bore who is all but insufferably boring. None of the rest disgraces him- or herself. None makes any special impression either. I have some sneaky admiration for Mr Collins and Mr Wickham, but that’s just about all. Almost the whole cast seems to have been sedated before shooting.

In short, a decent attempt and I can well see why it was reportedly very popular during the 1980s. But it has aged badly, partly due to inherent shortcomings, partly – perhaps mostly – due to the devastating influence of the highly superior 1995 version. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Coke, CyrilDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Austen, JaneNovelmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, JonathanProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Weldon, FayScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Garvie, ElizabethActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Higgins, ClareActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Josephs, WilfredActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morgan, PriscillaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peake-Jones, TessaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rintoul, DavidActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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