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Masterpiece Theatre's Jane Eyre 2006 Miniseries Movie Review

Jane Eyre (2006)

Jane Eyre (2006)

This Movie Version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Is A Spectacular Period Drama

In anticipation of the new Jane Eyre movie being released in 2011, I went looking for other versions of the movie and last night, I finished watching Masterpiece Theatre's 2006 version, the version that starred Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Amy Steel, Jacqueline Pilton and Anne Reid.

I should let you know, first of all, that I am new to Jane Eyre's world. This movie was my introduction. However, I think that it was an extremely well done movie and that the new movie has a lot to measure up to if you choose to compare it to this one.

The official website says that the book features "intense romanticism as well as an assortment of wicked relatives, terrifying mayhem, extrasensory messages and astonishing coincidences" and I would add that this movie contains many of those features, too.

On this page you will find the movie trailer, facts about this movie as well as reviews from professionals and amateurs alike. You will also have the chance to let us know if YOU would recommend this version of Jane Eyre to others.

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Masterpiece Theatre's 2006 Jane Eyre Movie Trailer

Fast Facts about Jane Eyre (2006)

  • ACTORS: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Amy Steel, Jacqueline Pilton, Anne Reid
  • DIRECTORS: Susanna White
  • RATED: NR (Not Rated)
  • STUDIO: PBS
  • ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2006
  • DVD RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2007
  • RUN TIME: 228 minutes
  • AWARDS: This version of Jane Eyre won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or Special.

The Jane Eyre Story & My Review

The storyline in 100 words or less, told with a bit of help from the experts.

For those who don't know Jane Eyre's story, let me start by saying that it is very dark. Jane emerges from an awful childhood in which she was orphaned and sent out live in a home. As a young lady, she obtains a position as a governess where she falls in love with Mr. Rochester, the master of the house who, of course, harbours a few secrets. Mr. Rochester does fall for her, but his past prevents their future together. She finally departs Thornfield Hall and winds up establishing herself with a clergyman's family until she discovers some truths about her own past.

The Sunday Times is reported to have said that this version of Jane Eyre was "A wonderfully reconceived and re-energized production, beautifully stylized." I agree this film was at times beautiful and at times haunting and perfectly done. (I still cannot believe that it was a made-for-television movie.)

The Times went on to say that "Ruth Wilson's Jane is what really lifts this production to exceptional..." and I absolutely agree. Ruth Wilson did a superb job of creating Jane Eyre. She was perfect.

About Rochester, The Guardian said, that Toby Stephens managed "to make him simultaneously macho and vulnerable" and I would absolutely agree. Despite all his secrets and airs, I really liked Rochester and wanted things to work out for him.

This movie has plenty of twists and turns and dark moments as well as happier and lighter ones. I consider it good measure of a movie when it makes me want to read the book. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who loves a period drama movie.

More Reviews of Jane Eyre (2006)

  • Jane Eyre Review From The New York Times
    The New York Times wrote a great review of the Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Eyre. They called it a "respectful, faithful telling of a well-known tale." They considered that a strong nod to the author, Charlotte Bronte, and her writing abilitie
  • Jane Eyre Review From Hooked On Houses
    The author of this blog has watched MANY of the versions of Jane Eyre and calls this one her favorite. She says that the Thornfield Hall of this movie is the same one that was seen in Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
  • Jane Eyre (2006 miniseries) on Wikipedia
    Wikipedia says that the Masterpiece Theatre Jane Eyre has been considered a successful version and that it received acclaim from the critics and award organizations.
  • Jane Eyre Reviewed by U.S.A. Today
    USA Today says that this story is richly told. It includes "love, betrayal, despair, redemption, reconciliation" as expected and that it is perfeclty done. It contains a richness of scenery that is not usually seen on television productions. (I agree

More Short and Sweet Reviews of Jane Eyre

They really tell it like it is!

"A nearly flawless version of Jane Eyre. Real romance and genuine intrigue for the Masterpiece Theatre set." ~ K. Harris

"This is the best version of Jane Eyre I have ever seen." ~ Tiger Eye

"Thank goodness there's passion!" ~ A. Anderson

"Highly Recommended" ~ K. Conroy

"To Eyre is Divine." ~ A Customer

"I am Jane Eyre, sir."

Masterpiece Theatre: The Bronte Collection

You might prefer this two disc set which includes both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights on DVD.

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    I was excited for this version of Jane Eyre, which features Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Written by Moira Buffini, this movie is based on the 1847 book by Charlotte Bronte and will appeal to fans of period dramas. Set in the 19th century,..

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Did you enjoy Masterpiece Theatre's Jane Eyre?

anonymous on February 08, 2014:

BBC One did a very good Series about Jane Eyre it was the first version they did and it contained all the story very well from start to end.

emmakeynes on April 08, 2012:

In this version (which is my favorite) Mr. Rochester's character and personality are more like the character from the book, and there is that element of teasing and being mean and rude just like in the book. I laughed many times, especially when Rochester asks Jane, "Am I hideous, Jane?" and she replies, "Very, sir. You always were, you know." Many other times are funny and the more you watch it, the better it becomes, because the first time I watched it, I didn't catch many of the lines, but the second and third time I saw it, I caught almost everything and it made it so much better. This is the best version I have ever found!

emmakeynes on March 10, 2012:

It was amazing! Great lens.

tandemonimom lm on February 21, 2011:

I haven't seen this one, but I can't wait for the new movie version!

sidther lm on February 21, 2011:

I sure did! Now I realize that it has been a while, I should probably watch it again! I will definitely be seeing the new one as well!