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 ...
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The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend.
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. Written by
Justine Waddell who plays Julia Bertram played Molly Gibson in Wives and Daughters. See more »
When Fanny is caught in the rainstorm, outside the Crawford home, she announces to Mary that she is picking apples to bring to Mrs. Norris. The problem is, the tree she is under isn't an apple tree. See more »
Although I know better than to expect a "pure" adaptation of a novel when
Hollywood gets hold of it, I was nevertheless unprepared for the horrible
mangling this novel received at the hands of the screenwriter. Having
immensely enjoyed recent renderings of "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," and
various versions of "Pride and Prejudice," I expected to receive similar
enjoyment from this film. I had not read any reviews or advance press
before watching it. I had, unfortunately, just read the book itself this
summer and it was fresh in my mind. In my opinion this is the WORST
rendition of a Jane Austen work I have ever seen. Perhaps if I had never
read the book, I might have enjoyed it somewhat more, but to me it was
unbearable to see a book I thoroughly enjoyed so completely rewritten. I am
astonished at the comments of some of the reviewers here opining that Jane
Austen would have approved. Poppycock!
I began to feel sick early on. To me, the character of Fanny Price and
other major characters bore as much resemblance to Jane Austen's heroine as
Danny Devito bore to Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Twins." The entire invention
of Fanny as a budding writer, the deletion of her younger brother who was so
important in the plot concerning Henry Crawford, the image of Fanny as
somewhat outspoken and rebellious, the depiction of Fanny's aunt as an opium
addict and her uncle as a brutish, raping slaveowner.... The list goes on
and on. Henry and Maria being caught by Fanny in the house, Fanny
voluntarily kissing Henry and agreeing to marry him and then retracting.
I really detest writers who want to mold everything in the modern
Fanny Price was not a modern heroine, but she fit her time. There was far
too much PC propaganda and feminist hogwash which you might expect in a
movie about our society but is ridiculous set against Fanny's
She was devout, loyal, quiet, humble, stubborn only in her keen perception
of others' character as measured against her conviction of what was good and
what was not, possessing an innate strength of character which did not rely
on others' perception of her and which she refused to compromise. Jane
Austen would not have approved of this new Fanny for precisely this reason:
her Fanny did not care about the "new" conventions of moral thought and
permissiveness in her own society. The movie downplayed the seriously
flawed characters of Henry Crawford and his sister. It portrayed him far
too sympathetically, made it appear that he truly and deeply loved Fanny and
seemed to blame Fanny's (non-existent) double-mindedness for his
All in all, this is an extremely disappointing film if one cares about what
was really written in Mansfield Park. I think "Clueless" as a modern
version of "Emma" (and which I also enjoyed) is more true to Austen than
this let-down of a movie.
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