Fay Weldon wrote the teleplay for this 5-part BBC TV adaptation of Jane Austen's 1812 novel Pride and Prejudice. Class-obsessed Mrs. Bennett (Priscilla Morgan) is dead set upon marrying off her five daughters to wealthy and influential young men. Headstrong Elizabeth Bennett (Elizabeth Garvie), the family's second daughter, resists her mother's plan. She is the "pride" that is "prejudiced" against snobbery and pomposity. Elizabeth is particularly incensed by the vain, aristocratic Fitzwilliam Darcy (David Rintoul)--at least until she realizes that Darcy is as prejudiced against high-toned class distinctions as she is. Telecast in the US on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre in the fall of 1980, Pride and Prejudice was later released to video in an uninterrupted, 226-minute single serving. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I watched this movie after viewing both the wonderful A&E and newest Keira Knightley version of P&P. I also read the book. Unfortunately, I was disapointed with this movie and I didn't even finish watching before I sent it back to Blockbuster. The dialogue wasn't in the same order as the book, which threw me off because I kept saying to myself, no, Eliza says that part in chapter 4, not now! And I expected a prettier Jane and a less wooden Darcy - I know he's supposed to be stuck up but at least in Colin Firth's version you can see a slow melting of the character's iciness/prejudice towards Eliza and the way he falls in love with her seems more believable. Perhaps, as reviewer Lisa N suggested, if I had watched this production before the others I may have enjoyed watching it...but I didn't, so thats that. Anyway, P&P in any movie/tv version is highly recommended!
This is the program that introduced me to Jane Austen. I have since seen every version of all her stories. This is by far the best!!! At least for me.
It is subtle, delicate, witty and biting. Don't be put off by the soap opera quality of the filming. It is not full of bright colors or fast paced like the A&E version. But for people who would like to give it a chance it is as close to the spirit and feel of the novel as any film will ever come. And I've read P&P twice.