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  • Actors: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley, Marten Lamont, E.E. Clive
  • Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Writers: Aldous Huxley, Helen Jerome, Jane Austen, Jane Murfin, John Van Druten
  • Format: Black & White, Mono, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJRU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,041 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Hollywood adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. The Bennet sisters are all on the look-out for a husband, and when the gorgeous Mr Darcy (Laurence Olivier) arrives in the area he causes quite a stir. Darcy is clearly attracted to eldest sister Elizabeth (Greer Garson), as she is to him, but with her independent mind and his bad manners it's sure to be a bumpy ride.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lili_K on 21 Nov. 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This adaptation of Jane Austen's novel P&P is definitely not faithful to the original plot. Still I cannot help, but be surprised at the disappointment some of the fellow reviewers expressed over this fact. They seem to have forgotten what film making was in 1940. I am not an expert on the history of film industry, but I am aware that it was definitely NOT about staying truthful to the original book when adapting it on film. As a result, it did not come as a shock for me when I saw it for the first time. On the contrary: I simply accepted that this was the way it used to be and then nothing could stop me from enjoying the film immensely.

I think that the Greer Garson - Laurence Olivier duo as Elizabeth and Darcy was fantastic. Garson was original and spirited and Olivier was attractive and aloof at the same time. The chemistry between them worked just fine. So did the chemistry between Jane and Mr Bingley, excellently characterized by Maureen O'Sullivan and Bruce Lester.

Mary Boland was delightful as Mrs Bennet and Edna May Oliver great as Lady Catherine, it was not her fault that she was given a very different character to play (yes on this point I have to say that her pretending to be formidable while she is good at heart was a bit far-fetched). Frieda Inescort was a deliciously snooty Caroline Bingley.

OK, so the costumes seem like they were borrowed from "Gone with the wind", still, it couldn't destroy the delightful, light atmosphere of the film as a whole. It is a delightful comedy of manners and thus one should treat it as such.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Hon Aubrey Wilson on 19 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The 1940 Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson is one of the most warming and uplifting films of the period. Garson is absolutely terrific - beyond comparison - and the main and supporting cast are quite stunning. The final scenes are fantastic and the finale is very touching in its own way. The film's pace is quite furious after the first few scenes, but the film is much more affectionately scripted than the BBC version - although that is also very much worth watching. The 1940 film nicely complements the 1995 version and they are never in competition.

If I could only take a few films to a desert island, this would be one of them. Buy it for anyone over thirty: and sit back and watch the warm glow of appreciation. Not to be missed.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I know this really is a bad adaptation of Pride & Prejudice if you feel you have to be faithfull to the book,but taking that into account they made it really a lot of fun!! Olivier is fantastic whatever you do!!Even if you're a maniac about the book (which by the way I am) you have to enjoy this version
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fineeyes on 9 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
I hadn't seen this film since I was a child, and didn't have the highest expectations having heard throughly mixed comments surrounding it. I can honestly say that it was an absolutely lovely surprise. No, it isn't completely faithful to the novel, but neither is any other adaptation (not even the much loved 1995 version- I don't remember any scene in the novel where Darcy takes a bath or a dip in the lake), and it's true that the costumes are far more Civil War than English Regency, but this is one of the rare examples in which it doesn't really matter because it's just so charmingly done.

Greer Garson is simply magnificent as Elizabeth Bennet- poised, intelligent, gracious and witty and is excellently matched by Laurence Olivier's Darcy. These two prove that you don't need a wet shirt to create sizzling chemistry. The supporting cast is excellent, particularly a brilliant performance by Mary Boland as Mrs Bennet, who perfectly embodies the character's comedy and desperation without descending into caricature. Maureen O'Sullivan is a charming Jane, Edmund Gwynne a most sympathetic Mr Bennet, and Marsha Hunt is great fun as the bluestocking sister Mary.

This will probably never be my definitive P&P, but there's still so much in it to enjoy and I think it captures the gentle humour of the novel perfectly. Enjoy it for what it is, rather than what it isn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hon Aubrey Wilson on 30 Dec. 2009
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The 1940 Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson is one of the most warming and uplifting films of the period. Garson is absolutely terrific - beyond comparison - and the main and supporting cast are quite stunning. The final scenes are fantastic and the finale is very touching in its own way. The film's pace is quite furious after the first few scenes, but the film is much more affectionately scripted than the BBC version - great though that it. The 1940 film nicely complements the 1995 version and they are never in competition.

If I could only take a few films to a desert island, this would be one of them. Buy it for anyone over thirty: and sit back and watch the warm glow of appreciation. Not to be missed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a magnificent, though not faithful, adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name. The superlative cast does justice to the witty and sophisticated screenplay by Aldous Huxley. It is a wonderful period piece and a delightful comedy of manners.
The story revolves around the upper middle class Bennett family, who live in a small, provincial town. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, wonderfully played by Mary Boland and Edmund Gwenn, have five daughters whom they must marry off. So, when Mrs. Bennett receives news of a wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley, moving into town, Mrs. Bennett is over the moon with joy. She soon begins maneuvering her daughters, so that perhaps one of them may be taken off her hands in happy wedlock.
Jane Bennett, beautifully played by the lovely Maureen O'Sullivan, manages to engage Mr. Bingley's heart at a local ball. Elizabeth Bennett, intelligent and articulate, manages to capture the interest of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley's even wealthier best friend. Greer Garson is superlative in the role of Elizabeth, while Laurence Olivier is perfect in the role of the arrogant, soon to be humbled by love, Mr. Darcy.
Mr. Darcy, drawn to Elizabeth, falls in love with her, but makes a proposal of marriage filled with such snobbery that Elizabeth, who has since discovered that Mr. Darcy had negatively interfered with Jane's romance with Mr. Bingley, is repulsed and turns him down. Elizabeth later finds out through the machinations of Mr. Darcy's aunt, delightfully played with autocratic hauteur by Edna May Oliver, that perhaps she had misjudged Mr. Darcy, and she overcomes her prejudice against him.
Driven by a love that sees him humbled, Mr. Darcy puts away his pride and overcomes the snoberry he initially felt towards the Bennetts.
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