Saturday, August 22, 2009

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice (1980 &1940)

Pride and Prejudice (1980), Grade: C-

Let's just say I'm very grateful for the 1995 version and the 2005 version. This one was boring and I didn't like Darcy at all or Lizzy for that matter. I kind of hoped they wouldn't get together in the end. I guess if you're a purist this may be worth one view, but I really could have missed this one.

Pride and Prejudice (1940), Grade: B-

This one was short and sweet and they had a few changes to the story so that made it fun! Definitely worth one view. I definitely didn't get the feel that it was Regency England. The costumes were all wrong. I felt like it was taking place in the Civil War south of America! I was expecting Scarlet O'Hara to pop around the corner at any time with her 'fiddle-dee-dees.' The acting is a bit cheesy, but overall it was a fun adaptation!

Part of the Everything Austen Challenge.


  1. I've known about both of these versions for a while but they just didn't catch my fancy! I don't know if it's the covers on the cases or what? I just was never interested in them as I was the 1995 and 2005 versions. Don't get me wrong I love old movies but I never got around to watching these and now am not sure if I ever will. I suppose if I'm bored I might give the Laurence Olivier version a try simply because he's in it LOL but otherwise... no! Thanks for this review! I'm FINALLY getting around to watching Sense and Sensibility (2008)for the challenge. I hope to finish it tonight!

  2. Haven't seen the 1980 version. Looks like one to skip. I did love Laurence Olivier in the 1940 version. He has the haughty bit down pat!

  3. I haven't seen the 1980 version yet, and right now I'm thinking I'll pass. I did watch the 1940 version, and it reminded me a lot of the civil war era as well. I really didn't like how they made Lady Catherine be nice at the end.

  4. I don't know where you are finding all these versions -- not on Netflix. But then you save me some time!

  5. Thats so funny :D. Where did you manage to find them! I wouldn't mind seeing the 1940's version - I know about some of the twists in story.

  6. I find all these lovely finds at the county library! They have almost everything, I love it!

  7. You've been busy! I've fallen behind in the Everything Jane Austen challenge. After watching the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie so many times, I couldn't watch the whole 1995 one with Colin Firth. I kept falling asleep....

  8. too bad about the 1980 version being disappointing. i just got this from the costco special box set. ah well. i'll give it a try and let you know.

    When you get a chance, please pickup a special something from me:

  9. My favorite part of the 1940's version is when Mrs. Bennett has the carriage race at the beginning with the Lucas' to get to town first to see the solders. I was like . . . I definitely don't remember this from the novel. LOL!!

    I LOVE Laurence Oliver!

    I haven't seen the 1980 version, I'm glad to know I'm not missing much!


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