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Mansfield Park (1983)

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Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, the British miniseries Mansfield Park starred Sylvestra La Touzel as Fanny Price, a "poor relation" deposited at the doorstep of the titular country estate at age ten. Raised by her cynical uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram (Bernard Hepton), the ugly-duckling Fanny was ignored or rebuffed by everyone on the estate except for her cousin, Edmund (Nicholas Farrell). Eventually blossoming into a beautiful woman, Fanny found herself the romantic bone of contention between Edmund and neighboring aristocrat Henry Crawford (Robert Burbage). Though fond of both men, Fanny was not about to make an impulsive choice between them; both Edward and Henry would have to prove their mettle to her before either man could claim her hand in marriage. Telecast in six hour-long installments by the BBC in 1986, Mansfield Park was remade 13 years later as a theatrical feature film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Bernard Hepton
as Thomas Bertram
Robert Burbage
as Henry Crawford
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Now having seen so many other BBC adaptations of Jane Austen novels made into TV mini-series, I've become rather used to the play-like production quality. The casting - which I now consider perhaps the most important part of a screen adaptation of a book - was a mixed bag. I thought Fanny was very well portrayed, but I never did get used to swarthy Edmund. Henry Crawford was too stiff and had too much of an air of arrogance; he was not at all as easy going as I expected. A fine job was done with Aunt Norris and poor Mr. Rushworth, but Mr. Yates bordered on ridiculous, and Lady Bertram was downright so. The first episode of the mini-series depicted the childhood years well, and I liked the way the series used Fanny's letters to William to move the story along. After doing such a great job with the rest of the book in the first five episodes, the sixth and final episode was a little disappointing. The conclusion seemed to come about suddenly and without much basis, and we didn't see Sir Thomas's reflections on parenting, nor his ultimate satisfaction in Fanny in light of his disappointments elsewhere.

Irene Rideout
Irene Rideout
½

Very very very slow moving. Fanny seemed very homely and I could barely hear her. But it does walk through, or maybe creep, though the book. You get a lot of the story that other adaptations sometimes skip or breeze by.

Samantha Sostarich
Samantha Sostarich
½

Fanny Price is not the flashiest of heroines; in truth, I'm not really a fan. But this adaptation is true to the story and characters of Austen, and despite being one of my least favorite of her novels, is an entertaining tale.

Lindsay Wilson
Lindsay Wilson

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