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The 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was directed by Joe Wright and stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy.


This film contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: This film contains many scenes and lines of dialogue which did not exist in the book.
  • Adapted Out: Mr. and Mrs. Hurst, the Gardiners' children, Mrs Phillips, and most of the Lucases were left out due to time constraints.
  • Almost Kiss: Between the principles durning the proposal/fight. After yelling at each other, the two stare, pant, lean in...and bid each other an angry good day!
  • And Starring: Judi Dench in the CBB.
  • Book-Ends: The first and second-to-last scenes are shots of characters on a meadow at dawn.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: The adorable scene at Mr Collins' house, where Darcy makes the most incredibly awkward conversational gambits ever heard by human ears.
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  • Color-Coded Characters: The costume designer said that she did this to differentiate the sisters and reflect their respective personalities. Jane wears white, gold and pale pinks, Elizabeth wears deep greens and reds, Kitty and Lydia tend to wear bright pink and cream, while Mary tends to wear plain brown and black.
  • Domestic Abuse: In the 2005 movie, a background event suggests this is the future of the Wickhams' relationship. The director's commentary states it unequivocally.
  • Funny Background Event: A Running Gag in the extended ballroom scene at Netherfield. When Mr. Collins approaches Lizzy, Mr. Bennet can be seen glowering in the background. When Lizzy is dancing with him, Jane is slightly out of focus but looking back and forth between them with a mix of alarm/amusement. Darcy stalks past the camera several times, staring intently at Elizabeth as he goes, until he pops up suddenly and asks her to dance.
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  • Genki Girl: Lydia and Kitty, but the former more so.
  • Gibberish of Love: Bingley struggles to form coherent sentences when he's around Jane. The result isn't always complimentary.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold:
    • Jane Bennet is a lovely blonde with sweet temper and pure heart.
    • Miss Darcy is blond and a very sweet young lady.
  • Headbutt of Love: Lizzie and Darcy at the end instead of a kiss.
  • Held Gaze: Darcy and Lizzy lock eyes for the entirety of their dance, and often thereafter.
  • Hidden Depths: Dame Judy Dench imbues the otherwise overbearing Lady Katherine with a sense of tragedy merely with her nuanced delivery of one line.
    "If I had ever learned, I would have been a...great...proficient."
  • Lip-Lock Sun-Block: The Big Damn Kiss at the end is backlighted by a rising sun.
  • Meaningful Look: Miss Darcy looks knowingly at Darcy and Elizabeth when Elizabeth visited Pemberley. She absolutely knows her brother loves Elizabeth!
  • Palette Swap: Word of God said she made Lydia and Kitty wear almost the same attires to have a a visual asymmetry between them and to serve as mirror images of each other.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: A necessity, given that they had to compress a 500-page book into a 2-hour movie.
    • Darcy's Pride is toned down while his lack of social skills is emphasized. Furthermore, he and Elizabeth have Belligerent Sexual Tension from the start instead of her warming up to him after he explains the situation with Wickham.
    • Wickham is demoted to a casual acquaintance of Elizabeth's instead of a Romantic False Lead, and the main point of contention between Elizabeth and Darcy is his interference in Jane and Bingley's relationship. Accordingly, Elizabeth's reprimand to Darcy for wronging Wickham isn't fueled by any lingering fondness for the latter, but is instead more of a counter-argument to Darcy's I Did What I Had to Do mentality.
  • Romantic Rain: Mr Darcy's first proposal takes place outside in the Rosings Park during a rainfall (unlike in the novel where it happened in the Hunsford Parsonage). Lizzy refuses him and it's full of passionate love/hate tension.
  • Running Gag: "How is (insert character name)?" "S/he's (insert location)".
  • Taking the Veil: Mr Bennet jokingly expresses a hope that Lydia is going to do this.
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