Pride & Prejudice

  • U
  • Joe Wright (2005)
  • US / UK / Fr
  • 121 min
Pride & Prejudice
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

It must have been daunting to bring Jane Austen's period drama to the big screen for the first time in 65 years. Not only is the 1940 Laurence Olivier/Greer Garson version seen as a classic, but it was also followed by a number of revered TV adaptations - notably the 1995 BBC production starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. So it's to his credit that debut director Joe Wright does such a beautiful job with his gutsy and less idealised interpretation. Focusing on wit and intellect rather than heaving bosoms, he presents his Regency heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) as a waspish tomboy, able to run rings around sullen bachelor Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) with her spirited ripostes. Though mournful Macfadyen can't match Firth's scorching magnetism, Knightley is a memorable leading lady, as delightful to watch as her well-shot surroundings. The support cast is strong, too, with Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland particularly exceptional as Lizzie's marriage-obsessed mother and doting father.

Plot Summary

Period romantic drama based on Jane Austen's novel, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. England in the 18th century: with five daughters and no fortune, class-obsessed Mrs Bennet is determined to marry off her brood and goes into a match-making frenzy with the prospect of wealthy bachelor Mr Bingley in residence nearby. But one of her girls, the spirited, intelligent Elizabeth, seems more interested in verbal sparring than romance, particularly when she meets Bingley's arrogant friend Mr Darcy...

Cast and crew


Elizabeth Bennet
Keira Knightley
Mr Darcy
Matthew Macfadyen
Mrs Bennet
Brenda Blethyn
Mr Bennet
Donald Sutherland
Mr Collins
Tom Hollander
Jane Bennet
Rosamund Pike
Lydia Bennet
Jena Malone
Lady Catherine de Bourg
Judi Dench
Mrs Gardiner
Penelope Wilton
Mr Bingley
Simon Woods
Charlotte Lucas
Claudie Blakley
Kitty Bennet
Carey Mulligan


Joe Wright

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Sep 2005
Certificate U
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd