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Jane Eyre (A&E, 1997)
Jane Eyre
A&E, 1997
Actors: Deborah Findlay, Laura Harling, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Sowden, Barbara Keogh
Director: Robert Young
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
NR     1999     1hr 48min

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Actors: Deborah Findlay, Laura Harling, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Sowden, Barbara Keogh
Director: Robert Young
Creators: Delia Fine, Greg Brenman, Hugh Warren, Charlotte Brontë, Kay Mellor, Peter Wright, Richard Hawley
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, All Made-for-TV Movies
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/26/1999
Original Release Date: 10/19/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 10/19/1997
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Nina E.
Reviewed on 7/18/2013...
I love the writings of the Bronte sisters. Outstanding cast. Samantha Morton aces the role as Jane Eyre. Including, Gemma Jones, as Mrs. Fairfax. CiarĂ¡n Hinds, as Edward Rochester. Forever easy on the eyes...Rupert Penry-Jones, as St John Rivers

Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes a governess to a young French girl and finds love with the brooding lord of the manor.
Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 2/4/2008...
I like this version. Jane Eyre is very likable. Mr. Rochester is a bit more... cavalier. He seems to think it no big deal that the little ward could easily be his daughter. And he seems to flaunt his past affairs.
Other than that, very good. And Mr. Rochester is likable as well, he was just portrayed more immoral (for the time-period) in this version than in other versions.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The best film rendition of this classic novel
BErdogan | 10/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This version of "Jane Eyre" with Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds is truly the absolute best, most heart-wrenching one I have seen. The William Hurt and Timothy Dalton versions bored me to tears. This was the first "Jane Eyre" film I have seen where I was weeping at the end. The actors have a true gift for bringing out the emotions of the characters. It was truly superb, unbelievably moving and achingly beautiful."
Very good, but not perfect
BErdogan | United States | 03/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the 3rd adaptation of Jane Eyre I saw. I liked this one more than 1983 and 1996 versions, because the characters were very likable, and the passion on screen was moving. Some reviewers found Ciaran Hinds stiff; I disagree. He was a wonderful Mr. Rochester, as was Samantha Morton a perfect Ms. Eyre. This is something you would want to watch over and over again, if you are a romantic person, preferably an Austenite. However, the adaptation is really loose, and important details from the book are omitted. So if you are looking for a faithful adaptation, or watching the movie to avoid reading the book, this is not the one. 83 version is very loyal to the book, but they are almost reading from the book. 96 version is generally loyal, but the omitted parts are the romantic parts, so where is the fun? This one is the best one I have seen until now, but I will keep looking for a miniseries that includes all the main details, and brings the passion in the book alive. (I am not obsessed with loyalty to the book in general, but Jane Eyre is a perfect book, and I miss all the parts that are left out.)"
Disappointing adaptation and characterization
BErdogan | 12/16/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

""Faithfulness" in movie adaptations of literary works is admittedly a subject of much debate. Personally, I found this version of Jane Eyre disappointing in the adaptation of both story and character. As many other reviewers of this DVD, I have seen almost every adaptation of Jane Eyre in film. When viewing a two hour movie, one expects a great deal of plot manipulation to fit both the time frame and the personal view of the director. Hampered by a poor screenplay that slaughters Bronte's language, this version completely fails to capture the novel. Both the screenplay and the language conspire to alter the characters beyond recognition--especially in the case of Rochester who appears as nothing more than an ill-mannered, mean, crude boor with pent up sexual frustrations. This is not a knock to the acting abilities of either Samantha Morton or Ciaran Hinds who have both appeared in other works to their credit. As written and portrayed, both characters become far more static than in the novel and the movie's own obsession with the concept of "obsession" not only misrepresents Bronte's novel, but becomes a superficial excuse to ignore the real layers of Bronte's work and still appear "deep" or "cutting". A better pick for a two hour experience would be the 1996 Zeffirelli adaptation with Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Hurt. Though problemetic itself and doing less justice to Jane's character, William Hurt's performance as Rochester is more valid than Hinds. This in itself salvages a great deal of the movie.Any true admirer of Bronte's Jane Eyre must see the BBC miniseries with Zelah Clarke as Jane and Timothy Dalton as Rochester. Be warned--this is NOT a MOVIE experience. The viewer will not be inundated by panoramic camera shots or overwhelmed by emotion from the amazing orchestral score. It is a long miniseries with little musical accompaniment or visual manipulation meant to interperate the story for the viewer. In this sense, it may not be for everyone. It is a faithful representation, almost word for word, of Bronte's novel. The 4 or so hours consigned to VHS already cut a great deal of what was actually originally aired but leave the story almost entirely entact and with almost no additional or created material. Furthermore, anyone who wants to see the characters move from page to screen with true understanding and depth needs to watch this version. While Clarke's portrayal might be more subdued than some may prefer, it is still thoughtful, contextual, and intricate. Dalton, for his part, is the living embodiment of Rochester--complex, often a paradox, passionate in all senses. His understanding of both the character, the story, and the period is evident.If you are a Jane Eyre fan who wants to experience the book visually---find the BBC VHS miniseries. If you're a fan of the romance who wants to watch a movie, try anything else but this DVD--the 1996 Zeffirelli, the George C. Scott, or even the black and white version with Orson Wells, all of which, in spite of their difficulties, manage to give at least an experience which doesn't offend the novel."