Pride and Prejudice (1940)
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as Fitzwilliam Darcy
as Mr. Bennet
as Elizabeth Bennet
as Lady Catherine de Bourgh
as Yardgoods Clerk
as Fitz William
as Mrs. Bennet
as Miss Bingley
as Charles Bingley
as Sir William Lucas
as Mrs. Phillips
as Lady Lucas
as Beck's Assistant
as Mr. Bingley
as Mr. Denny
as Capt. Carter
as Maid in Parsonage
as Miss de Bourgh
Critic Reviews for Pride and Prejudice
For pure charm and romantic diversion, for bubbling and wholesome life, we most heartily recommend this exquisite comedy about the elegant young gentleman who was proud and the beautiful young lady who was prejudiced.
Typically overstuffed MGM prestige product (1940), but one that came out surprisingly well, with a minimum of Eng. Lit. posturing and some elegance of design.
Delightful romance, filled with warmth, wit, singing, dancing and verve: ideal entertainment.
The gentle satire of Austen's novel sits quietly, just beneath the surface, only to rise up and take the occasional bite out of offending characters at opportune moments.
It may not be entirely what Jane Austen intended, but it's close enough and remains a pleasure.
Director Joe Wright makes the camera energetic, but never distracting, intimate, but never intrusive.
Audience Reviews for Pride and Prejudice
Solid adaptation, but the 95 version clearly blows it out of the water. Olivier is probably very good on his own and in his time as Darcy, but Firth's performance overshadows Olivier's for me in every way. The movie does a good job with the basic plot, although some of the characters get a little short shifted.
I heard that this movie strayed from Austen's novel so I wasn't expecting it to be as good as other adaptations. On the contrary, I found this version DELIGHTFUL! Though Laurence Oliver is a bit of a "stick in the mud" (I find his character flat) Greer Garson and her co-stars more than make up for it. I actually found the bit at the end with Lady Catherine de Bourgh which strayed from the original actually a better and more entertaining story line. What a great romantic comedy! I am sad that it took me this long to discover this gem. True that the costumes are all wrong for the time period in which Austen's story takes place but the beauty of creative license is that one can set the story in any time period, just as Romeo + Juliet has been set in modern times on more than a couple occasions.
Absolute favorite! Greer Garson playing the infamous Elizabeth was brilliant.
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