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Pride and Prejudice (1980)

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A respectful -- though long -- dramatization.

Movie NR 1980 265 minutes
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This made-for-TV adaptation is long-winded, but respectfully tells Austen's story. While the cinematography gives this version a stuffy feel, the effect is appropriate for Austen's setting. Literary adults will be quite pleased, but those who prefer the slick Paltrow version of Emma or the glossy Emma Thompson take on Sense and Sensibility will be disappointed.

The acting is superb across the board, but the true standouts are David Rintoul's Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Garvie's spirited Eliza. The story is as gripping as it is meaningful, and older kids and adults will appreciate the many comic moments. The theme of devotion and loyalty between two sisters is refreshing, and most kids and adults will relate to the Bennett family's quirky imperfections.

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