Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Long before 19th-century novelist Jane Austen became a hot property in Hollywood, MGM produced this opulent and entertaining adaptation of one of Austen's best-known novels. The elegant and slyly satirical comedy of manners gets under… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 26, 1940
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

For pure charm and romantic diversion, for bubbling and wholesome life, we most heartily recommend this exquisite comedy about the elegant young gentleman who was proud and the beautiful young lady who was prejudiced.

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Dan Jardine

The gentle satire of Austen's novel sits quietly, just beneath the surface, only to rise up and take the occasional bite out of offending characters at opportune moments.

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Emanuel Levy

Olivier wished to play against Vivien Leigh, but she was considered too beautiful and Garson got the part

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Typically overstuffed MGM prestige product (1940), but one that came out surprisingly well, with a minimum of Eng. Lit. posturing and some elegance of design.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It may not be entirely what Jane Austen intended, but it's close enough and remains a pleasure.

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TV Guide

Although the satire is slightly reduced and coarsened and the period advanced in order to use more flamboyant costumes, the spirit is entirely in keeping with Austen's sharp, witty portrait of rural 19th century social mores.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Delightful romance, filled with warmth, wit, singing, dancing and verve: ideal entertainment.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Director Joe Wright makes the camera energetic, but never distracting, intimate, but never intrusive.

Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide

Sometimes Leonard gets the details wrong -- the costumes and sets seem more at home in a late Victorian setting than in Austen's early 19th century -- but the overall effect is truthful, transporting us to a world different from but related to our own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
good even with liberties taken but greer is too old to be a believable nineteen year old.
Dannielle Albert
I heard that this movie strayed from Austen's novel so I wasn't expecting it to be as good as other adaptations. On the contrary, I found this version… More
Leo L
Absolute favorite! Greer Garson playing the infamous Elizabeth was brilliant.

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