Pride and Prejudice (1940)

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The arrival of wealthy bachelors in town causes an uproar when families with single daughters aggressively seek engagements, including the Bennet family, with five eligible daughters.




  • Greer Garson and Mary Boland in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • Maureen O'Sullivan and Greer Garson in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • Greer Garson and Karen Morley in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • Greer Garson and Edna May Oliver in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson in Pride and Prejudice (1940)

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20 November 2002 | Snow Leopard
Very Enjoyable (Despite Departures From the Novel)
Viewed solely as a movie, this version of "Pride and Prejudice" is quite enjoyable, and has plenty of strengths. Since it was adapted from a stage play that was in turn based on the novel, it is perhaps inevitable that there would be a lot of differences from the original, both in the characters and in the events (plus a few anachronisms). Most of the time, these fit in all right with the story, but it is hard not to feel that it would have been an even better film if they had stayed closer to the original in the later parts. In all honesty, though, none of this prevents it from being a very good movie in its own right.

For the most part, the main story is the familiar one, following the hopes and anxieties of the Bennet family as they look for husbands for their five daughters. Greer Garson might be slightly different from the Elizabeth of the novel, but she is very appealing, and her character is quite effective. Laurence Olivier works very well as the prideful Darcy. Most of the supporting cast also is good, especially Edmund Gwenn as the perpetually bemused Mr. Bennet. It does a good job of illustrating the main themes in the relationships amongst the characters, while also providing many light and humorous moments. It's an entertaining and effective mix that makes it a satisfying movie despite the departures from the novel.

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