Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mansfield Park (1999)

Mansfield Park (1999)
More of an interpretation this film is loosely based  on the novel by the same title and also some of Jane Austen's letters and juvenilia works.

My Note: This film not for children, and isn't really worth looking at if you want to see Jane Austen's real story. Many modern social themes and inappropriate scenes were added which are not in the novel! 

Summary: At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral compass, she becomes especially close to Edmund, Thomas's younger son. Fanny is soon possessed of beauty as well as a keen mind and comes to the attention of a neighbor, Henry Crawford. Thomas promotes this match, but to his displeasure, Fanny has a mind of her own, asking Henry to prove himself worthy. As Edmund courts Henry's sister and as light shines on the link between Thomas's fortunes and New World slavery, Fanny must assess Henry's character and assert her heart as well as her wit.

Script: Patricia Rozema
Directed by: Patricia Rozema
Produced by: Sarah Curtis
Length: Approximately 112 minutes
Release Date: 19 November 1999
Hair & Make Up Designers: Tamsin Dorling
Costume Designers: Andrea Galer
Soundtrack Composer: Lesley Barber

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Frances O'Connor as Fanny Price

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Jonny Lee Miller as Edmund Bertram

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Lindsay Duncan as Mrs. Price & Lady Bertram

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Harold Pinter as Sir Thomas Bertram

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Sheila Gish as Mrs. Norris

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James Purefoy as Tom Bertram

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Victoria Hamilton as Maria Bertram

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Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Rushworth

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Justine Waddell as Julia Bertram

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Embeth Davidtz as Mary Crawford

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Alessandro Nivola as Henry Crawford

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Charles Edwards as Yates

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Sophia Myles as Susan Price

Hilton McRae as Mr. Price

Anna Popplewell as Betsey Price

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Hannah Taylor-Gordon as Young Fanny Price

Talya Gordon as Young Susan Price

Elizabeth Eaton as Young Maria Bertram

Elizabeth Earl as Young Julia Bertram

Philip Sarson as Young Edmund Bertram

Amelia Warner as Teenage Fanny Price


  • Edmund Bertram: Surely you and I are beyond speaking when words are clearly not enough. 
  • Fanny Price: Beware of fainting fits. Beware of swoons. (Quote from Jane Austen's Juvenalia)
  • Edmund Bertram: Your entire person is entirely agreeable.
    Fanny Price: Yes, well, tonight I agree with everyone. 
  • Mary Crawford: Gentlemen, please. Fanny Price is as fearful of praise and notice as other women are of neglect. 
  • Mary Crawford: Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope for a cure. 
  • Fanny Price: I often wonder that history should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.  (Quoted from Northanger Abbey)
  • Mary Crawford: But what I am keen to know is which gentleman among you am I to have the pleasure of making love to? 
  • Fanny Price: Run mad as often as you choose but do not faint. (Quoted from Jane Austen's Juvenalia)
  • Edmund Bertram: Fanny, I've loved you my whole life.
    Fanny Price: I know, Edmund.
    Edmund Bertram: No... I've loved you as a man loves a woman. As a hero loves a heroine. As I have never loved anyone.
  • Lady Bertram: [to Fanny Price] And I'll tell you one thing, which is more than I did for Maria. The next time my pug has a litter, you shall have a puppy. 
Links of Interest:

Visit our Mansfield Park (1999) Photo Gallery!

Mansfield Park: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture (1999 Film)
Buy official soundtrack at

Trailers & Clips:

Official Trailer

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