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Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000]

Frances O'Connor , Jonny Lee Miller , Patricia Rozema    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Talya Gordon
  • Directors: Patricia Rozema
  • Writers: Patricia Rozema, Jane Austen
  • Producers: Allon Reich, Bob Weinstein, Cathy Lord, Colin Leventhal, David Aukin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U1XU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Patricia Rozema is a Canadian director with the nerve to helm smart, big budget movies, as she proves again in Mansfield Park. She had her first hit with the quirky I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) in which the heroine, a mouse among art gallery sharks, eventually comes into her own, surpassing the mentor who's risen on her back. Similarly, in Mansfield Park, adapted from Jane Austen's strongly autobiographical novel, penniless city mouse Fanny Price (Frances O'Connor) comes to live in a handsome country manor with the Bertrams, her heartless, class-conscious relations. After many cruel setbacks, Fanny manages, by dint of writing talent and moral integrity, to win the day and the love of her life Edmund (Trainspotting's Jonny Lee Miller).

Unlike filmmakers who dress up Austen's money-driven world in sweetness and light, Rozema rubs our noses in the fact that the Bertrams' wealth flows from the blood and sweat of faraway slaves. The adaptation never euphemises the down-and-dirty slum life which has swallowed up Fanny's mother and threatens Fanny if she refuses to marry the handsome but hollow fortune hunter (Alessandro Nivola) chosen for her by her benefactors. Playwright Harold Pinter is compelling as Mansfield Park's patriarch, Sir Thomas Bertram, capable of kindness but stone-cold when his aristocratic will is crossed. Embeth Davidtz (playing Mary, the amoral sibling of Fanny's suitor, with wonderfully seductive verve) and O'Connor almost resemble each other--and they are sisters of a sort, each vying, according to her talents, in a stock market where women must parlay sex to stay alive. In this entertaining ride in the socioeconomic fast lane circa 1806, Jane Austen comes across as a full-blooded proto-feminist with savvy charm.--Kathleen Murphy, Amazon.com

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Mansfield Park (1999)

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars takes liberties, but involving and well played 20 Feb 2007
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
Reviews of this film have been very varied, from very positive to the exact opposite. It is true that it makes explicit what is not even implied in Jane Austen's book about the way in which Sir Thomas makes his wealth - it's the slave trade. Having said that, historical fact makes this at least a possibility, and even if Sir Thomas were not directly involved, the exploitation of black labour must have had some role in his interests in the West Indies, and he must have had knowledge of this, visiting the area for long periods of time as he does. Having said that, I find the film rewarding for a number of reasons. Fanny Price, not at all an easy character to play, is presented with just the right balance of clear-headedness and uneasy deference by Frances O'Connor, who is excellent. Harold Pinter is good as Sir Thomas and Lindsay Duncan a convincingly absent presence as his wife. Henry and Mary Crawford are as attractive and unreliable as they should be. I was worried about the directness of some of the dialogue, but checking with the book found that it came very close to what the author actually wrote ; and dramatically it works. In the rest of the cast I found no serious weakness. The film is visually satisfying and well paced. It will not please those who require an absolutely literal approach to Austen, and they are fully entitled to take that view, but I enjoyed it.
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89 of 103 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars MANSFIELD KRAP!! 17 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Beware potential buyers; some reviews given here confuse the film with the BBC TV drama. Full marks, however, to Ms Louise Barada from France, who hits the proverbial nail full-on. This film 'adaptation' is THE WORST, and I had to FORCE myself to finish watching it the first time, and even obliged myself to watch it a second time, in order to be as fair as I could in attempting to review it. I have also given it one star (the photography was quite good), mainly because I am obliged to give it SOMETHING, or not review it at all. As any old film, based on nothing at all, it has some merit; as a Jane Austen 'adaptation', it fails miserably and aught never to have been made.
Slavery, and the abolition of it, was becoming the 'hot issue' of the day, but formed no part of the novel. The Bertram's fortune may have derived in part from their use of slaves, but the dawning realisation it might be wrong was an intellectual movement which can best be compared to our present-day moralistic attitude to bombs and war, i.e. it was still unquestioningly accepted by the old school as the way things had always been done. That a mere coachman should voice an opinion is as ridiculous as putting the burden of conscience on the shoulders of Tom Bertram, who's only interest was that the money should continue to flow in, from whatever source: he would have been up there raping and abusing with the best of them.
Mrs. Norris, like Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Bennett before her, and Miss. Bates after her, is one of Jane Austen's outstandingly vocal portrayals; here, however, she might as well have been axed, being given little to say, and that little so badly written as to challenge the acting powers of a Dame Maggie (who would not, incidentally, have been a bad alternative).
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A production with only TWO problems..... 13 Oct 2004
... unfortunately these happened to be the name of the film and the names of all the characters!
Mansfield Park is perhaps the most complex of Austen's novels, and certainly one than many readers have difficultly with. The hero and heroine are solid and worthy, but there are those who miss the sparkle of an Emma or a Lizzie Bennet. Nevertheless, it reamins my favourite work.
Without wishing to condemn this as a bad 'film' as it was well done in many respects, I still fail to understand why someone would chose to adapt a classic text, and then change virtually everything about it! Fanny Price is here unrecognisable from Austen's gentle tower of moral strength! If she's wanted to do Lizzy or Emma again I'm sure Austen was quite capable! Romenza has her heroine acting in ways that would make any Regency Lady blush! I'm guessing Jane Austen was just used to sell this film - and this unfortunately put a stop to other adaptations in the pipeline (a new Northanger Abbey for one!).
The classic BBC series with Anna Massey is far superior, if you're looking for something that resembles Austen's novel!
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfaithful to Austen's novel! 9 May 2004
I must say this adaptation of Mansfield Park is appalling. Fanny Price comes across as obstinate, crude, and insensitive. She is far from the subtle, gentle character of the book who stands for everything good of human nature. Perhaps this is a honeyed view of life but isn't this what we should aspire to?
Also the whole plot deviates from the original book, turning the story into a sex driven, charicature. William who is a key friend to Fanny in the original book is totally omitted which I think is a mistake, Edmund comes across as weak and foolish which is not at all how is supposed to be, for he is steadfast in his principles in the book, and the greatest insult of all is the portrayal of Maria and Henry who are found by Fanny bonking in the middle of the night! I know life cannot be all sweetness and idealism but surely this is not how Jane Austen would have wished her characters to be portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic in every way
Great adaptation. Bought this to replace my video copy. Quite dark story in places but wonderful, especially the ending.
Published 16 days ago by M. Dick
4.0 out of 5 stars Fanny Price meets Jane Austen
Mansfield Park and Jane Austen combined, this story has not just Fanny's and Edmund's love story but essences of Jane Austen's life thrown in also. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TL Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version so far
I thought I wasn't going to like this because I wasn't keen on the Billie Piper version which I saw first but this is quite different. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Chaplin
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful
Having just read the book I thought I'd give this a go. Big mistake. It should not have been allowed to use this title since they have butchered so much of the book it barely... Read more
Published 6 months ago by speyes
3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been so much better
This movie adaptation of Austen's novel has plenty going for it in terms of cast, and it has a big-budget look about it, but in trying to be original, if often falls wide of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Pots
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen in my heart.
Jane Austin is my favourite author, and Pride and Prejudicis my absolute favourite. But Mansfield Park also fills me with pleasure. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arne Strandli
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the other adaptions but not perfect.
Compared with the long-winded and frankly boring BBC 1983 version, this is a work of genius, then again anything would be better than the clunky props, stilted acting and whiny... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. P. L. Birkin
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Missed this the first time around but I am a total Jane Austen fan and so love this. It is darker than I thought form the other version I have seen but the better for it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic version of the austen classic
I love this version of the book. The 2007 version just doesn't have the same magic. Frances O'Connor and Jonny Lee Miller have a nice chemistry and the main house itself is a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Minnie
1.0 out of 5 stars Austen Fans Should Give This A Miss.
This film bears little relation to the novel upon which it is based. Quiet, obedient Fanny Price who finds the courage to stay true to her morals when tested is portrayed as a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Donna Schumacher
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