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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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Coming Out at 16 September 2005 in theaters

Drama, Romance

Pride & Prejudice is romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright, in his feature directorial debut, and based on Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name. The film depicts five sisters from an English family of landed gentry as they deal with issues of marriage, morality and misconceptions. Keira Knightley stars in the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet, while Matthew Macfadyen plays her romantic interest Mr. Darcy. Produced by Working Title Films in association with StudioCanal, the film was released on 16 September 2005 in the United Kingdom and Ireland and on 11 November in the United States.

Screenwriter Deborah Moggach initially attempted to make her script as faithful to the novel as possible, writing from Elizabeth’s perspective while preserving much of the original dialogue. Wright, who was directing his first feature film, encouraged greater deviation from the text, including changing the dynamics within the Bennet family. Wright and Moggach set the film in an earlier period and avoided depicting a “perfectly clean Regency world”, presenting instead a “muddy hem version” of the time. It was shot entirely on location in England on a 15-week schedule. Wright found casting difficult due to past performances of particular characters.

During the late 18th century, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters—Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia live in rural England. As the Bennets have no sons, their estate, Longbourn, is destined to be inherited by Mr. Bennet’s cousin, Mr. Collins, a pompous clergyman. Mrs. Bennet, meanwhile, is eager to secure her daughters’ futures through suitable marriages; she is delighted when wealthy bachelor Charles Bingley moves into Netherfield, a nearby estate.

Bingley is introduced to the local society at an assembly ball, along with his haughty sister, Caroline, and his aloof friend, the handsome and rich Mr. Darcy. Bingley is enchanted with Jane, while Elizabeth takes an instant dislike to Darcy after he coldly rebuffs her and later makes demeaning remarks about her that she overhears. While visiting the Bingleys, Jane falls ill and must stay to recuperate. When Elizabeth later walks to Netherfield to see Jane, she verbally spars with both Caroline and Darcy.

Director: Joe Wright

Writers: Jane Austen (novel), Deborah Moggach, Emma Thompson

Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Talulah Riley, Donald Sutherland, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan

Cast:

Keira KnightleyElizabeth Bennet
Talulah RileyMary Bennet
Rosamund PikeJane Bennet
Jena MaloneLydia Bennet
Carey MulliganKitty Bennet
Donald SutherlandMr. Bennet
Brenda BlethynMrs. Bennet
Claudie BlakleyCharlotte Lucas
Sylvester MorandSir William Lucas
Simon WoodsMr. Bingley
Kelly ReillyCaroline Bingley
Matthew MacfadyenMr. Darcy
Pip TorrensNetherfield Butler
Janet WhitesideMrs. Hill
Sinead MatthewsBetsy
Roy HolderMr. Hill
Rupert FriendMr. Wickham
Tom HollanderMr. Collins
Jay SimpsonMeryton Milliner
Judi DenchLady Catherine de Bourgh
Rosamund StephenMiss de Bourg
Samantha BloomRosings Governess
Cornelius BoothColonel Fitzwilliam
Penelope WiltonMrs. Gardiner
Peter WightMr. Gardiner
Meg Wynn OwenMrs. Reynolds
Tamzin MerchantGeorgiana Darcy
Moya BradyLambton Maid
Mark ArendsDancer
Billy BurkeLydia’s Dance Partner
Kate CopelandDancer
Stephen HumbySoldier
Bret JonesSpecialist Period Dancer
Arnold MonteySoldier
Liam ThomasGentleman

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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