• Vanity Fair (2004)

Vanity Fair

Release Date: September 1st, 2004

DVD Release Date: February 1st, 2005

PG-13 |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

Born to poor parents, Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) has always aspired to be a member of England's upper classes. Leaving her boarding school and best friend, Amelia (Romola Garai), behind, Becky associates herself with the Crawleys, eventually falling in love with their son, Rawdon (James Purefoy). The marriage is happy at first, but deteriorates when Rawdon's fortune dwindles. Becky is then supported by the lecherous Marquess of Steyne (Gabriel Byrne), whose motives are less than pure.

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Geraldine McEwan

Director: Mira Nair

Genres: Drama

Production Co: USA Films, Focus Features

Distributors: Focus Features, Gramercy Pictures

Keywords: Quest, Love triangle, Transformation, Spirited, Love, England, Husband, Relationships, Witty, London, Emotional, Love interest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The peculiar quality of Vanity Fair, which sets it aside from the Austen adaptations such as "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice," is that it's not about very nice people. That makes them much more interesting. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Graced with Nair's loving direction, Witherspoon's radiance and that great cast, it is a treat, if somewhat less so than the novel. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The spirit of that most modern of 19th century heroines, Becky Sharp, remains intact, and Nair's Indian touches make for an intriguing, fresh approach. show more

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