"It is very true to the storyline, which is something I really appreciated! This movie is more suited to those who love Jane Austen's Fanny Price just the way she is, which, is a very morally upright person, who will not be persuaded against her better judgement. This story proves that simply because a person comes from a wealthy background, they dress right, they speak correctly, and they look good, this does not make them a virtuous and upright individual. Some people will not like this movie based on the fact that it does not appeal visually. Please look beyond the fact that the actors are not glamorous. This is a great movie and should be placed in it's rightful place next to Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion. The actors capture the qualities that Jane Austen created for her characters. This movie is for the fan of everything Jane Austen."
Just the way I imagined it!
jumpy1 | New York, NY | 07/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Contrary to the other reviewers, I find this version of Mansfield Park is exactly how I imagined it when I read it. I wonder what the others were expecting in a poor girl at the mercy of difficult relatives? And, did they expect it to be more romantic? I found the acting to be exactly what I'd expect for people of the type Jane Austen described in her book. Especially in England at that time. This is not a happy book, by and large. Perhaps the readers imposed their own world onto Ms. Austen's prose when they read it. Perhaps they are not aware of the difficulties of daily life, even for the leisure class, at that time. I've watched it many times, and showed it to my friends and sisters, and we all love it!"
It's worth 5 stars to me...
Betty Smedley | Canoga Park, California USA | 04/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This version of Mansfield Park is worth 5 stars to me, but it will not appeal to everyone. For it is not a glossy big-screen-adaption which trades Jane Austen's genius for something else. I saw it on television during a Jane Austen marathon about 5 years ago, and have been hoping to find this video ever since. At first I was not impressed, but I kept watching it because I am such a Jane Austen fan. Gradually I became hooked. All the actors looked so real. The actress who plays Fanny Price is especially interesting. She is not movie star beautiful, but she has the eyes and complexion of a nineteeth century doll. She uses her looks to portray the Fanny I imagined; the Fanny who is the antithesis of Elizabeth Bennet. On the other hand, the actress who plays Mary Crawford is beautiful but her looks are almost spoiled by the awful (yet historically accurate) wig she is made to wear. More importantly, her Mary Crawford is true to Austen, and with my modern sensibilities, I liked her very much. The other actors are also adept. I am very much looking forward to owning this video. I know I will watch it again and again, just as I read the book again and again."
Faithful to the book - but slow, also like the book
Douglas K. Bissell | Apple Valley, CA USA | 04/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think that someone who hasn't read Mansfield Park is going to be bored by this production. And some that have read it, too. But if you have the time to invest, I think that this is about as faithful a rendition as we are likely to get. Mansfield Park is my least favorite of Jane Austen's novels, partly because Fanny Price isn't the same kind of heroine that you find in P&P, S&S, or Emma. So - a producer could make a video with an exciting Fanny Price, but then you wouldn't have Mansfield Park. I give it 5 stars because I believe this video does the best possible job with a complex plot, and because I believe that the actors were apt for the roles they were given."
Subtle and character-driven, Manfield Park is a BBC gem.
Deborah Malmborg | Concord, N.H. | 11/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though not my favorite Austen, I have watched this movie again and again and I appreciate it more with each viewing. The characters are excellently portrayed and believable within the context of the mores and manners of Jane Austen's era. Robert Burbage was masterful in the role of Henry Crawford. His attraction to Fanny Price was an appeal to what was still fine and honorable in his dissipated soul, perhaps his last chance to redeem himself.Her refusal, though perfectly understandable even if her heart were at liberty, sealed his reckless fate. Fanny Price, played by Sylvestra Le Touzel, grows from a shy, repressed, vacant-eyed girl into a young woman of firm mind and stellar character. In the end she gets what she well-deserves - the honest and upstanding Edmund Bertram, the man she loves. Perhaps she overplays her part. Her expressions and gestures are rather off-puting at first but, with patience and exposure, you will grow to appreciate her. The wordly and witty Miss Mary Crawford ( Jackie Smith-Wood) is a perfect foil for Fanny's innocence and delicacy. A rival for Edmund's heart, she prevails until he discovers her true character and compares it to that of his cousin and dearest friend Fanny Price. Like her brother she is forsaken at last in favor of real goodness and decency. The supporting cast, especially Anna Massey and Bernard Hepton, are wonderful and a delight to watch. I recommend this film to all avid Austen fans. Please take into consideration, however, that BBC productions often appear more like stage-plays than your typical American movie productions and the action tends to be slower and more elaborate than you may be used to."