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Character: Jane Bennet
Directed by: Wright
Written by: Jane Austen (novel), Deborah Moggach, Emma Thompson
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Jane Frazer, Debra Hayward, Paul Webster
Other cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Carey Mulligan, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn & Judi Dench
Release date: September 16, 2005 (U.K.) | November 11, 2005 (U.S.)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running time: 129 min | 135 min (additional ending)

This tale of love and values unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century. The five Bennet sisters – including strong-willed Elizabeth and young Lydia – have been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: finding a husband. When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man’s sophisticated circle of friends, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. But when Elizabeth meets up with the handsome and – it would seem – snobbish Mr. Darcy, the battle of the sexes is joined.

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Character Quotes

Jane Bennet: He is just what a young man ought to be.

Mrs. Bennet: But she doesn’t like him. I thought she didn’t like him.
Jane Bennet: So did I, so did we all. We must have been wrong.
Mrs. Bennet: Wouldn’t be the first time, will it?
Jane Bennet: No, nor the last I dare say.

Jane Bennet: Oh, Lizzy, if I could but see you happy. If there were such another man for you.
Elizabeth Bennet: Perhaps Mr. Collins has a cousin.


“Dare I say that even Jane Austen herself would have delighted in the final triumph of Ms. Knightley’s quick-witted Elizabeth in this film? Yes, I do, and all the highbrow and middlebrow cinephobes of the world be damned.”
Andrew Sarris , New York Observer

“As historically authentic-looking as Pride & Prejudice is, it has far more invested in emotional authenticity — you feel engaged every moment.”
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com


• The actresses who make up the Bennett family (Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Talulah Riley, and Carey Mulligan went to the Bennett house location, in Kent, before the crew, and played Sardines (similar to Hide and Seek in America) in order to get better acquainted with the house and each other before filming began.

• Rosamund was Joe Wright’s first choice for the role of Jane. She turned down the role of Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for this film.

Awards & Nominations

Won Empire Award 2006 Best British Film
Nominated Golden Globe 2006 – Movies – Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
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