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Northanger Abbey (2007)

A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart.

Director:

Jon Jones

Writers:

Andrew Davies (screenplay), Jane Austen (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine James ... Jane Austen (voice)
Michael Judd Michael Judd ... Pastor
Julia Dearden Julia Dearden ... Mrs Morland
Gerry O'Brien ... Mr Morland
Felicity Jones ... Catherine Morland
David Brittain David Brittain ... Gothic Villains
Patrick Ryan ... Gothic Villains
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Mrs Allen
Desmond Barrit ... Mr Allen
David Sheehan David Sheehan ... Cheeky Man
William Beck ... John Thorpe
Liam McMahon ... Sedley
Mal Whyte Mal Whyte ... Rude Man
JJ Feild ... Henry Tilney (as J J Feild)
Myles Breen Myles Breen ... Mr King
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When Catherine Morland is given the opportunity to stay with the childless Allen family in Bath, she is hoping for an adventure of the type she has been reading in novels. Soon introduced to society, she meets Isabella Thorpe and her brother John, a good friend of her own brother, James. She also meets Henry Tilney, a handsome young man from a good family and his sister, Eleanor. Invited to visit the Tilney estate, Northanger Abbey, she has thoughts of romance but soon learns that status, class and money are all equally important when it comes to matters of the heart. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

The white and blue muslin day dress Felicity Jones (Catherine Morland) wears reading in Bath is the same costume worn by Samantha Bond (Maria Bertram) walking with Mr. Crawford in Mansfield Park (1983), and by Allie Byrne (Lady Kiely) in Sharpe's Battle (1995). See more »

Goofs

Catherine is shown multiple times reading, fantasizing, and talking about The Mysteries of Udolpho by Mrs. Radcliffe. And yet the bulk of her fantasies and voice over come from The Monk by Lewis, a much more lurid novel than the tame Mrs. Radcliffe's. See more »

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Henry Tilney: Your imagination may be overactive, but your instinct was true. Our mother did suffer grievously and at the hands of our father. Do you remember I spoke of a kind of vampirism?
Catherine Morland: Yes.
Henry Tilney: Perhaps it was stupid to express it so, but we did watch him drain the life out of her with his coldness and his cruelty. He married her for her money, you see. She thought it was for love. It was a long time until she knew his heart was cold. No vampires, no blood. But worse crimes, crimes of the heart.
Catherine Morland: It was stupid ...
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Redeeming ITV

This adaptation of Northanger Abbey has gone a long way to redeeming ITV's Jane Austen Season after a severely poor start with Mansfield Park starring Billie Piper. Where as Mansfield Park was dull and lifeless, Northanger Abbey was lively and highly amusing. It was actually funny, and kept well to the spirit of the book. Newcomer Felicity Jones was brilliant as Catherine Morland, so too was JJ Field as Henry Tilney and Catherine Walker as Eleanor Tilney. In fact the whole cast did a great job of entertaining throughout. The script was brilliant, and you felt that Andrew Davies was really enjoying himself when adapting Austen's novel. When I see Davies' name attached to a period drama I feel safe that it will be done competently and in good taste, and Northanger Abbey was. My only criticism, which isn't so much a criticism more of my wanting it to continue, is that the ending was cut a little short. Of course this was due to time restraints. This is ITV's best period drama for a very long time. Not since Emma have they done one so good. This is certainly one I would recommend to both Austen enthusiasts and newcomers alike, it truly is accessible to all, and can be enjoyed by many!


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