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Jane Austen's classic novel is brought to the screen once again in this intelligent and witty romantic drama. Elizabeth Bennett (Jennifer Ehle) is ...Show synopsisJane Austen's classic novel is brought to the screen once again in this intelligent and witty romantic drama. Elizabeth Bennett (Jennifer Ehle) is one of five sisters living on a British country estate in the 1800s. At a time and place in which matrimony is considered a woman's logical goal in life, Elizabeth displays a cautious reluctance toward marriage -- so when a wealthy young man, Fitzwilliam Darcy (Colin Firth) expresses an interest in courting her, she isn't so sure she cares for him. Elizabeth and Darcy discover that they have a great deal to learn about each other -- and no small amount to overcome in their minds -- if they are to find happiness together. Pride and Prejudice was produced as a five hour mini-series by the BBC and was first shown in the U.S. on the A&E cable network. ~ Mark Deming, RoviHide synopsis
Amazingly close to the wonderful novel by Jane Austen with terrific perfomances all around. Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle make a perfect team, and the comic elements added by the actors playing the Bennets, Mr. Collins, and Lady Catherine are just the right touch for the irony Austen created in her original. I often use this as a companion piece when teaching the novel.
Jennifer Ehle was the best thing about this. People will say this version is better than the more recent Keira Knightley version, but that doesn't make sense to me. The latter's cinematography and music are infinitely better. I found Colin Firth to be unexciting (and even a little wooden) when compared to Matthew Macfadyen. However, Jennifer Ehle, in this older version, is wonderful, and I suppose it's worth watching just for her alone.