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Jane Eyre (BBC)
Jane Eyre
Actors: Sorcha Cusack, Michael Jayston, Hazel Clyne, Zara Jaber, Megs Jenkins
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2006     4hr 8min

After a childhood that would have broken weaker girls, Jane Eyre finds a respectable position as governess to the ward of the enigmatic Mr. Rochester. Twenty years her senior, brusque, and hardened by loss, Mr. Rochester f...  more »


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Actors: Sorcha Cusack, Michael Jayston, Hazel Clyne, Zara Jaber, Megs Jenkins
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Drama
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 07/25/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 4hr 8min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Best overall adaptation of Bronte's novel
Amy Smith | New City, New York | 06/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After having had the opportunity to view several adaptations of Jane Eyre, Sorcha Cusack captures the heart, mind, and the look of Bronte's groundbreaking characterization of Jane. After the exquisitely masterful acting of Cusack in this role, it will take some adjustment on my part to see her in other roles. To put it as plainly as I can, Sorcha was Jane Eyre. The overall casting was very good; Michael Jayston's Rochester was very true to Charlotte's Bronte's vision of a deeply wounded misguided man searching for true meaning and fulfillment in a very Class conscious, frivolous society. It was refreshing to see Stephanie Beacham as a young woman who was the very female prototype of that priviledged, claustrophobic, and very clueless world that shunned people such as Jane. For literature purists, this Jane Eyre is a must-see!"
Linda | Chagrin Falls, OH | 06/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay...Everybody knows the story so no purpose reiterating it. As far as this adaptation goes...very take two extremely talented actors (Michael Jayston and Sorcha Cusack) and a fine script (very close to the book) and it = A classic first rate mini-series. This mini-series was far superior to the 1983 version. In the 1983 version (didn't like it), the actress who played Jane was horrible...underplayed the part...and no chemistry between the lead actors. In this version, there was character development and chemistry between Jane and Rochester. Compared to the book, there were some updated changes made in the script which were refreshing and appropriate. This is a "must have" DVD for Jane Eyre fans."
Wish I could give it 10 stars. One of the best book adaptat
Rosamond1 | Tidewater, MD USA | 01/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It took over 20 years for this adaptation to be released for home viewing and what a gift to the viewing public it is. I first saw this version on PBS in the early 1980s. (I actually bought my very first VHS machine so I could record it!) One of my recorded tapes became corrupted over the years and I've been searching high and low for a viewable copy of this made-for-TV masterpiece for at least a decade. To finally have it available is, for me, a dream come true.

What makes this version so superior to the many versions of this story that have been produced before and since? Two things: the script, which is scrupulously true to the novel in every detail and which uses Bronte's beautiful dialogue straight from the book, and the inspired, magical performances of Sorcha Cusack as Jane and Michael Jayston as Rochester.

Yes, it's a clunky 1970s era, BBC production with sets and costumes that look a bit cheesy and the videotape filming medium is far from ideal, but these are minor quibbles. I've watched every version of Jane Eyre since the Orson Welles/Joan Fontaine movie from the 1940s and none of them come close to capturing the true meaning of the story like this one does.

If you love Jane Eyre you owe it to yourself to buy/rent/borrow this version and get ready for 4.5 hours of magic!"
Best Rochester portrayal
HP Indru | 06/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After seeing a notable number of Jane Eyre adaptations, I have just found that the '73 adaptation is the best among all: it has the advantage of a good length which allows the perfect character development, it has a fire-spirited Jane and a bewitching Rochester (both very true to the book's characters), it has a sparkling interaction between the main two characters, and its script has some well-chosen small deviations from the book, which only make the story more credible (e.g., see the gypsy scene).
I personally found it much better than the '83 miniseries.
Simply put: a gem, a real gem!"