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Vanity Fair [WS] [DVD] [2004]

William Makepeace Thackeray's witty assessment of the British class system, as seen through the experiences of one young woman, is brought to the screen with some serious star power in this period comedy drama. Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) is a bright and ambitious girl born to a poor British family. Becky is determined to make something of herself however she can, and after accepting a job as a nanny for the children of the powerful and aristocratic Sir Pitt Crawley (Bob Hoskins), she wastes no time ingratiating herself with the family. Pretty Becky catches the eye of Crawley's handsome and eligible son Rawdon (James Purefoy), and becomes chummy with sharp-tongued Aunt Matilda (Eileen Atkins). Between the two of them, Becky is introduced to London's most exclusive social circle, where she becomes re-acquainted with Amelia Sedley (Romola Garai), a former school chum who is amused by Becky's efforts to scale the ladder of social influence. Becky weds Rawdon, but following initial happiness, the social and economic stability she dreamed of begins to collapse when he begins drowning his troubles in gambling and drink, and soon she turns to the powerful Marquess of Steyne (Gabriel Byrne) for support. Meanwhile, Amelia's fortunes fall even harder following the death of her husband. Vanity Fair was directed by Mira Nair, who enjoyed a surprise international success with 2002's Monsoon Wedding.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features


    • The Women Behind Vanity Fair: the predominantly female cast and crew reveal how they flawlessly portrayed women of the time in London
    • Director's commentary: Mira Nair shares her unique vision and personal inspiration in this insightful discussion
    • Deleted scenes
    • Welcome to Vanity Fair: a behind-the-scenes look at bringing this timeless story to the big screen

    Synopsis


    Vanity Fair
    William Makepeace Thackeray's witty assessment of the British class system, as seen through the experiences of one young woman, is brought to the screen with some serious star power in this period comedy drama. Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) is a bright and ambitious girl born to a poor British family. Becky is determined to make something of herself however she can, and after accepting a job as a nanny for the children of the powerful and aristocratic Sir Pitt Crawley (Bob Hoskins), she wastes no time ingratiating herself with the family. Pretty Becky catches the eye of Crawley's handsome and eligible son Rawdon (James Purefoy), and becomes chummy with sharp-tongued Aunt Matilda (Eileen Atkins). Between the two of them, Becky is introduced to London's most exclusive social circle, where she becomes re-acquainted with Amelia Sedley (Romola Garai), a former school chum who is amused by Becky's efforts to scale the ladder of social influence. Becky weds Rawdon, but following initial happiness, the social and economic stability she dreamed of begins to collapse when he begins drowning his troubles in gambling and drink, and soon she turns to the powerful Marquess of Steyne (Gabriel Byrne) for support. Meanwhile, Amelia's fortunes fall even harder following the death of her husband. Vanity Fair was directed by Mira Nair, who enjoyed a surprise international success with 2002's Monsoon Wedding. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Reese Witherspoon
      Reese Witherspoon - Becky Sharp
    • Romola Garai
      Romola Garai - Amelia Sedley
    • James Purefoy
      James Purefoy - Rawdon Crawley
    • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
      Jonathan Rhys-Meyers - George Osborne
    • Rhys Ifans
      Rhys Ifans - William Dobbin



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    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      as usual Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon

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      rebellionorarebelmore
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      I do believe the Reese Witherspoon is an excellent actress and I loved her in this movie. Robert Pattinson is just terrific all the way around. The plot of the movie was so inspiring.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good

      Posted
      SugarD

      I like this movie, it was kinda too long for me but still good. How far is to far to get to the top and is love worth sacrifcing for it. Well Reese Witherspoon did really good for this part

      I would recommend this to a friend



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