Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland


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Long before 19th-century novelist Jane Austen became a hot property in Hollywood, MGM produced this opulent and entertaining adaptation of one of Austen's best-known novels. The elegant and slyly satirical comedy of manners gets under way when socially conscious Mrs. Bennet (Mary Boland), with the begrudging assistance of her husband (Edmund Gwenn), begins seeking out suitable (and suitably wealthy) husbands for her five daughters: Elizabeth (Greer Garson), Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), Lydia (Ann Rutherford), Kitty (Heather Angel), and Mary (Marsha Hunt). One of the least likely matrimonial prospects is Mr. Darcy (Laurence Olivier), a rich, handsome, but cynical and boorish young man. Naturally, Elizabeth Bennet, the strongest-willed of the Bennet girls, is immediately fascinated by him, and she sets out to land him -- but only on her own terms, and only after she has exacted a bit of genteel revenge for his calculated indifference to her. Though Austen's novel was set in 1813, the year of its publication, the film version takes place in 1835, reportedly so as to take advantage of the more attractive costume designs of that period. Not surprisingly, a few changes had to be made to mollify the Hollywood censors (eager to find offense in the most innocent of material): the most notable is the character of Mr. Collins (Melville Cooper), transformed from the book's hypocritical clergyman to the film's standard-issue opportunist.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
UPC: 0012569516830
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greer Garson Elizabeth Bennet
Laurence Olivier Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Mary Boland Mrs. Bennet
Edna May Oliver Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Edmund Gwenn Mr. Bennet
Maureen O'Sullivan Jane Bennet
Ann Rutherford Lydia Bennet
Frieda Inescort Miss Caroline Bingley
Karen Morley Mrs. Collins
Heather Angel Kitty Bennet
Marsha Hunt Mary Bennet
Edward Ashley Mr. Wickham
Melville Cooper Mr. Collins
Marten Lamont Mr. Denny
E.E. Clive Sir William Lucas
May Beatty Mrs. Phillips
Marjorie Wood Lady Lucas
Lowden Adams Committeeman
Claud Allister Yardgoods Clerk
Vernon P. Downing Capt. Carter
Bruce Lister Mr. Bingley
Clara Reid Maid in Parsonage
Buster Slaven Beck's Assistant
Gerald Oliver Smith Fitz William
Wyndham Standing Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Paul Groesse Art Director
Aldous Huxley Screenwriter
Robert J. Kern Editor
Ernst Matray Choreography
Jane Murfin Screenwriter
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Pride and Prejudice 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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JoannaTX More than 1 year ago
It was hard for me to decide between 3 and 4 stars, but I didn't base that on how accurate this adaptation is. Frankly, I think it's the least faithful to the novel, BUT it is much more enjoyable than the 1980 BBC version where the acting was very awkward and fake. I think Mr. Darcy wasn't nearly as snobby in this version as he should have been, but it was still enjoyable. The first time I watched it, I stopped it after 5 minutes because the costumes are just all wrong, but from what background reading I've been doing, I think they may have done that on purpose as some sort of war propaganda. To me, the most important thing is that they stay faithful to the spirit of the novel, and that was definately present in this version. Anyway, the music is goodthe acting (for that time) is good, and the overall plot was compressed in a way where it didn't take out any of the absolute essentials. Of course, I would have liked to see Lizzy visiting Pemberley, but oh well. Overall, it's okay, but my favorite P&P adaptation will always be the 1995 A&E version with Colin Firth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not the best film version of "Pride and Prejudice," the performances of Greer Garson and Sir Laurence Olivier are worth seeing. The best remains the BBC mini-series with Colin Firth. Or, if you don't have the time, watch the movie with Keira Knightly.
mporter17 More than 1 year ago
My daughter's and I love to watch old moives together. So, when I saw this one I knew that I had to buy it. When they come home for the summer from college it will be one of thr first movies that we watch. Just great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a Pride and Prejudice fan and though I think the Colin Fith/Jennifer Ehle version is better I also liked this old black and wite vesion that starred Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. Yes it's true that the costumes are all wrong and are more Gone With The Wind Civil War period instead of Regency and they made Lady Catherine De Bourg into an old softy where in the book and other movie adaptations she is a nasty vindictive snob but despite that it is still a very good movie and Laurence Olivier made a great Darcy. Very dashing and Greer Garson was great too as was the rest of the cast! I'm so glad that this movie is finally coming out on a DVD made by a major studio. Now they need to put out a Good DVD for Jane Eyre starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine!
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I was dissapointed with the decision to set the movie in the 1830's--no Regency style clothing! What *were* they thinking! Also, the movie left out several key scenes, such as the Gardiners and Darcy's letter, and they totally changed Lady Catherine's character. I think the movie failed to portray Jane and Elizabeth as the only sensible Bennets, and it totally failed to capture the essence of Jane Austen...the steady, rolling plot, the character development, etc. The movie's only saving points were Darcy and Mr. Bennet, who, out of all the characters in the movie, stayed the most true to the novel.