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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
Actors: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joan Plowright, Anna Paquin, Elle Macpherson
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
PG     2003     1hr 52min

Academy Award(R)-winner William Hurt (1985 Best Actor -- KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN; SMOKE) leads an all-star cast in this story of passion and intrigue! Jane Eyre (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is a young woman whose will to overco...  more »


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Actors: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joan Plowright, Anna Paquin, Elle Macpherson
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Creators: Dyson Lovell, Charlotte Brontė, Hugh Whitemore
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Miramax
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/04/2003
Original Release Date: 04/12/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 04/12/1996
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 52min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Kay D. (eazbnsmom)
Reviewed on 5/3/2009...
I have seen 3 different movie/TV version of Jane Eyre: Scott/York, Hinds/Morton, & Hurt/Gainsborough.....this is the best of the 3!
Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 2/4/2008...
I love this version! Both characters are very likable and beautiful! :)
Well acted, and a great story!

Movie Reviews

Very Well Done
K. Dickson | New England, USA | 10/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The sets and costumes are really really great, but the highlight of this film is the truly wonderful acting on the part of William Hurt. He plays the elusive, eccentric country noble Mr. Rochester exactly the way he should be played. He's quietly passionate, sexy, and smoldering, while still exhibiting signs of being a real stuffy gentleman. Inwardly tormented, Rochester is perfect.Charlotte Gainsbourg takes on the challenging role of the title character, petit and plain Jane Eyre. Gainsbourg's unearthly prettiness adds immeasurably to her character, but she represses some of Jane Eyre's passion that we find in the book. The chemistry between Gainsbourg and Hurt is tense and shaky - exactly how it should be.Zeffirelli has created the best screen version of this book that I have ever seen!"
"Remember, The Shadows Are As Important As The Light"
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 02/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A somewhat slow but overall rewarding version of the Bronte classic , 'Jane Eyre.' Beautifully filmed as all Franco Zeffirelli films are, we are taken on a journey of contrasts as Zeffirelli explores the darker nature of human suffering, regret and memory as played out against the lush, natural beauty of the English countryside.

William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg deliver wonderful, though rather subdued performances as the two star-crossed lovers and Anna Paquin is absolutely marvelous in her all too brief role as the young Jane Eyre."
A Moody, Evocative JANE EYRE
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Oddly enough the Charlotte Brontë's classic novel 'Jane Eyre' has had more cinematic transitions than almost any of the old novels. The story is powerful but with the frequency of film adaptations, even the story grows tired, unless someone breathes new life into the interpretation. In this case that breath comes from director Franco Zeffirelli who has engaged Hugh Whitemore to open the story as a screenplay. The results give a different emphasis to the story and one that for this viewer works well.

In this particular incarnation the rags to riches heroine Jane Eyre is played with subtlety by the beautiful Charlotte Gainsbourg (with Anna Paquin as the younger version) and Rochester the master of the manor is a William Hurt, playing his character more for life and flesh than the usual darkly sinister keeper of secrets. What results from the combination of cast and crew is a film that is far more a romance than a vapid mystery: the fire between Jane and Rochester is palpable and is given more space and time than the other versions which elect to dwell on the mad 'wife' upstairs finally destroyed in the fire that brings Rochester down to Jane's initial stance on the social scale.

The cinematography by David Watkin captures the period beautifully as does the musical score by Claudio Capponi and Alessio Vlad. As with all period pieces the cast of supporting characters paint the various aspects of the novel and here such luminous actors as Joan Plowright, Geraldine Chaplin, Joséphine Serre, Maria Schneider, Elle Macpherson, and John Wood among many others offer fully realized portraits of the class distinctions that ruled the era. This is a fine film version of the Brontë novel and one well worth watching repeatedly. Grady Harp, October 06