Actors: Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Donald Sutherland, Carey Mulligan,Jena Malone, Brenda Blethyn, Claudie Blakely, and others.
The story:The novel revolves around the Bennet family. The five marriageable daughters and mother will be without a home and income once Mr. Bennet dies, for the terms on which Mr. Bennet inherited Longbourn ("fee tailmale," now abolished by statute in England) prohibit women from inheriting it, with the effect that instead one of Mr. Bennet's collateral relatives will inherit the estate. The mother worries about this predicament, and wishes to find husbands for her daughters quickly. The father doesn't seem to be worried at all. Elizabeth, the heroine, has decided to marry only for love, even though she has noreal ideas about how she will survive financially. She jokingly notes that her sister Jane, being kind and beautiful, may be responsible for finding a wealthy husband, thus providing for the female members of the family. As the novel opens, Mr Bingley, a wealthy young gentleman, rents a country estate near the Bennets called Netherfield. He arrives in town accompanied by his fashionable sisters andhis good friend, Mr Darcy. While Bingley is well received in the community, Darcy begins his acquaintance with smug condescension and proud distaste for all the 'country' people. Bingley and Elizabeth Bennet's older sister Jane begin to grow close. Elizabeth's best friend Charlotte advises that Jane should show her affection to Bingley more openly, as he may not know that she is indeed interestedin him. Elizabeth disregards her friend's opinion, saying that Jane is by nature shy and modest, and that if Bingley can't see how she feels, he is a fool. With that, she never even tells Jane what Charlotte advised. After Darcy's haughty rejection of her at a local dance she decides to match his coldness and pride with prejudiced dislike, expressed in continuing witty and sometimes sarcasticremarks.
Soon, Elizabeth begins a friendship with Mr Wickham, a militia officer, who tells her that he has been seriously mistreated by Darcy, with whom he has a prior acquaintance. Elizabeth immediately seizes upon this information as another reason to dislike Darcy. Ironically, but unbeknownst to her, Darcy finds himself drawn to Elizabeth.
Mr Collins, the male relative who is to inheritLongbourn, makes a sudden appearance and stays with the Bennets. He is a recently-ordained clergyman employed by the wealthy and patronizing Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Though his stated reason for the visit is reconciliation with the Bennets, Collins soon admits that he wishes to find a wife from among the Bennet sisters. Mr Bennet and Elizabeth are amused by his self-important and pedantic behaviour. Heimmediately enters pursuit of Jane; however, when Mrs Bennet mentions her eldest daughter's preoccupation with Mr Bingley, Mr Collins turns his attentions to Elizabeth.
At a ball given by Bingley at Netherfield, Elizabeth wants to deepen her acquaintance with Mr Wickham who, to her disappointment, does not appear. She is asked to dance by Mr Darcy and discusses Wickham's fate with him, theharmonious dance leading into an intellectual discussion. As the general expectation of a marriage between Bingley and her sister is voiced by a neighbour, the Bennets - save Jane and Elizabeth - each reveal a lack of good manners and upbringing, much to Elizabeth's embarrassment.
The next morning, Mr Collins proposes marriage to Elizabeth, who refuses him, much to her mother's distress. Collinsquickly recovers and proposes to Elizabeth's close friend, Charlotte Lucas, who immediately accepts. Once the marriage is arranged, Charlotte asks Elizabeth to come for an extended visit.
Though Bingley appears to be on the point of proposing marriage to Jane Bennet, he quits Netherfield, leaving Jane confused and upset. Elizabeth is convinced that Bingley's sister has conspired with Darcy to...