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Northanger Abbey

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"In Jane Austen's gentle parody of gothic fiction, romance novel addict Catherine Morland is invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies. She forms a close friendship with the younger son on the estate, Henry Tilney, but their budding romance is mysteriously cut short"--Container.
Statement of Responsibility: a co-production of Granada Television Ltd. and WGBH Boston ; ITV Productions ; screenplay by Andrew Davies ; co-producers, James Flynn and Morgan O'Sullivan ; produced by Keith Thompson ; directed by Jon Jones
Title: Northanger Abbey
[videorecording]
Publisher: Boston : WGBH Boston Video, c2008
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Jane Austen
"As seen on public television."
Originally produced in 2006
Credits: Co-producers, James Flynn and Morgan O'Sullivan ; produced by Keith Thompson ; screenplay by Andrew Davies ; directed by Jon Jones.
Performers: Felicity Jones, J.J. Feild, Carey Mulligan, William Beck.
Summary: "In Jane Austen's gentle parody of gothic fiction, romance novel addict Catherine Morland is invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies. She forms a close friendship with the younger son on the estate, Henry Tilney, but their budding romance is mysteriously cut short"--Container.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, NTSC, Region 1, 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby digital
Other Language: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Upper class England Bath Drama Country homes England Drama Man-woman relationships England Drama England Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Upper class
Country homes
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: WG42199
ISBN: 9781593757885
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE N
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Based on my least favorite Jane Austin novel, it still manages to be enjoyable. Mainly due to it's young stars, the up-and-coming Felicity Jones and the charming JJ Field. Adapted by Andrew Davies. (P.S. If you watch a lot of these series you will be seeing that name often!).


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Feb 21, 2014
  • LadySugar rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this movie. It was better than I expected. The characters did a fantastic job.

Aug 24, 2013
  • jkao rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Originally borrowed to see actor J.J. Feild in earlier performances (after his winningly restrained "Mr. Darcy"-like performance as Mr. Henry Nobley in "Austenland" (2013), opposite Keri Russell as Jane "Miss Erstwhile" Hayes.

As Catherine Morland's primary romantic interest (Henry Tilney), J.J. Feild was featured more often & in more "character complexity" in Northanger Abbey (2008) than his more recent role (2013) as the novice Regency-era, role-playing gentleman, Mr. Henry Nobley. In Northanger Abbey, he was able to give a fine, nuanced performance of different aspects of his character's personality.

Although a bit annoying, Catherine's imagined "dream sequences" do give a bit of insight into how vividly her young imagination construed seemingly ordinary, daily events.

The other supporting characters were played well, esp. Isabella Thorpe (her brother's, James', finacee), Eleanor Tilney (Henry's observant & long-suffering sister), Mrs. Allen (well-meaning wife of wealthy, ailing businessman Mr. Allen) ... as well as the nastier characters: Gen'l Tilney & his more odious son, Capt. Frederick Tilney.

Sorry to be aesthetically superficial, but i thought the actor who played John Thorpe (flirty, avaricious Isabella's brother; Oxford classmate to Catherine's brother, James) was poorly cast ... apart from his boasting & lying he was rather "difficult on the eyes". I would have cast a less repugnant-looking actor in the role.

In fact, it would have been an interesting casting choice to reverse the roles of the 2 actors:
J.J. Feild playing John Thorpe & William Beck playing Tilney (who said Tilney HAS to be good-looking? He has a v. good character, which would speak better for him than just good looks). Of course, since i enjoy watching Feild's performance, it was fortunate that he was cast as Tilney. He did a fine, nuanced performance.

May 23, 2013
  • Fyrestarr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed watching the movie. I've never read the book but after seeing this movie I shall do so.

Dec 19, 2012
  • AKesek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fun to watch and all the actors were terrific in their roles!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A delightful Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Austen's historical drama. Felicity Jones was adorable as Catherine.

Nov 21, 2012
  • tiger58 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found myself constantly using the fast forward button.

Feb 10, 2012
  • JustMaritza rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was good for the most part, and much better than some old version years ago. Only thing I felt a little lost at times, but it wasn't that bad. The gothic scenes were funny rather then scary or tense.

Sep 09, 2011
  • NicholeJennifer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this version of Northanger. I saw the old 80's one when I was a kid, and while I enjoyed it at the time, this one is clearly much better. Catherine's gothic fantasies are hilarious and Felicity Jones does a really great job playing such a naive, doe-eyed romantic. Definitely going to pick up a copy for myself.

Jun 30, 2010
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was a really enjoyable production! Very entertaining!

May 14, 2010
  • wendybird rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A gentle, thoughtful treatment of Austen's novel. While not as strong as some British costume drama, it is nontheless a pleasant enough journey. A younger Carey Mulligan does a lovely turn in one of the supporting roles, demonstrating why she has been snatched up by Hollywood.

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Jun 30, 2010
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Henry Tilney: "...Your imagination may be overactive, but your instinct was true. Our mother did suffer grievously and at the hands of our father. Do you remember I spoke of a kind of vampirism?" Catherine Morland: "Yes." Henry Tilney: "Perhaps it was stupid to express it so, but we did watch him drain the LIFE out of her, with his coldness and his cruelty. He married her for her money, you see. She thought it was for love. It was a long time until she knew his heart was cold. No vampires, no blood. The worst crimes... are the crimes of the heart."

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