Every man's dream comes true for William Thacker, a successless Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can't believe it himself, William runs into her again - this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world's most wanted woman is not easy - neither around youour closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press.
Pride And Prejudice:
The story of love and misunderstanding in a very class conscious late 18th century England centres on the Bennet family, comprising five daughters whose mother (Brenda Blethyn) is determined to have them happily married off and their futures secured. Mostly, it is the story of the strong-willed Lizzie Bennet (Keira Knightley) whose independent spirit is encouraged by the girls’ father (Donald Sutherland).
When a wealthy bachelor, Mr Bingley (Simon Woods) and his sophisticated circle of friends take up residence at a nearby mansion, the Bennet household (or most of it) is abuzz with excitement and anticipation. Mrs Bennet sees their arrival as a golden opportunity for her daughters’ marriage hopes and, as it happens, the beautiful and serene Jane Bennet (Rosamund Pike) appears to capture Bingley’s heart almost immediately.
Bingley’s best friend is Mr Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) who, in Lizzie’s eyes is a pompous and prejudiced individual and, with each encounter between them, a classic battle of the sexes ensues. But Darcy becomes increasingly attracted to the forthright Lizzie whose pride prevents her from seeing his true nature, which she will not become aware of until the Bennet family is thrown into a spin by a domestic crisis involving the impetuous Lydia Bennet (Jena Malone).
Lizzie must also contend with the fawning attentions of a distant cousin, Mr Collins (Tom Hollander) and the displeasure of the formidable Lady Catherine De Bourgh (Judi Dench), two of the other memorable characters who inhabit Jane Austen’s timeless story, presented here in a sumptuous new production.
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
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