Jane Eyre

April 12th, 1996


Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls...

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.6/10 (4,679 voted)

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Stars: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anna Paquin

Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to be come a teacher and eventually seeks employment outside the school. Her advertisement is answered by the housekeeper of Thornfield Hall, Mrs. Fairfax.

Writers: Charlotte Brontë, Hugh Whitemore

Anna Paquin - Young Jane Eyre
Nic Knight - John Reed
Nicola Howard - Eliza Reed
Sasha Graff - Georgiana Reed
Fiona Shaw - Mrs. Reed
John Wood - Mr. Brocklehurst
Geraldine Chaplin - Miss Scatcherd
Amanda Root - Miss Temple
Leanne Rowe - Helen Burns
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Jane Eyre
Richard Warwick - John
Judith Parker - Leah
Joan Plowright - Mrs. Fairfax
Joséphine Serre - Adele (as Josephine Serre)
Billie Whitelaw - Grace Poole

Taglines: The passionate tale of forbidden secrets!

Release Date: 12 April 1996

Filming Locations: Brimham Rocks, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Gross: $5,200,600 (USA)

Technical Specs


Continuity: When young Jane and Helen Burns are lying together in bed, their hands and arms jump around between shots.

Mr. Rochester: Jane, you're a strange and almost unearthly thing.

User Review

Some bad decisions ruin what would have been an excellent adaptation

Rating: 6/10

I love the story of Jane Eyre so much, to insult anything that has to do with this beloved character is not easy to say. But I must say how disappointed I was with this adaptation. William Hurt was a poor Rochester indeed. He had a very wooden and unemotional presence throughout the film. His scenes with the Jane Eyre character had no fire or emotion at all. He seemed very detached and aloof. If William Hurt was younger he would have played a better St. John. However, I must say Charlotte Gainsborough was a pretty good Jane Eyre. She looked the part and added very charming persona to the character. But she even, at times seemed cool and unattatched to me too. The worst element to this film was casting Elle McPherson as the role of Blanche. Why? Blanche Ingram was beautiful, true, but she was beautiful in the Victorian sense of the word, not a 90's waif snatched from a Parisian runway. Sheesh. The best element to this film, however was the sequences of young Jane and Helen at Lowood. Anna Paquin was amazing as she embodied the young Jane to near perfection. These early, well done scenes where the best in the entire movie but I regret to say they lead me down the primrose path to disappointment.


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