Jane Eyre (1970 film)

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Jane Eyre
Original Movie Poster
Directed by Delbert Mann
Produced by Omnibus Productions
Screenplay by Jack Pulman
Based on Jane Eyre 
by Charlotte Brontë
Starring George C. Scott
Susannah York
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Edited by Peter Boita
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation
Release dates
  • December 1970 (1970-12)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Jane Eyre is a 1970 TV-film directed by Delbert Mann starring George C. Scott and Susannah York. It is based on the 1847 novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The film had its theatrical debut in the United Kingdom in 1970 and was released on television in the United States in 1971. A popular Mandarin Chinese dubbed version of the film was released in China both as a video film and as an audio-only cassette tape.


Jane Eyre is an orphan, sent to the cruel school institution of Lowood. On leaving, she takes a position as governess to a girl named Adele at Thornfield Hall. Fully aware of her low rank and plain countenance, she makes the best of her situation. But Thornfield holds many secrets and despite mysterious occurrences that Jane cannot comprehend, she and Edward Rochester, owner of Thornfield and Adele's guardian, fall in love. Suddenly, when Jane is about to win the happiness she deserves, a dark secret comes to light which needs all her courage, love and maturity.

Differences from novel[edit]

  • Jane's time at Gateshead Hall is only referenced and the tale starts with Jane arriving at Lowood School.
  • Events at Lowood School are mixed together and there is no outbreak of illness, only Helen's death.
  • Mrs. Reed, Eliza, John and Georgiana do not appear at all. Neither does Bessie.
  • Julia Severn does not appear. Instead, Mr Brocklehurst criticizes and immediately cuts Jane's wavy hair.
  • Miss Scatcherd is shown as more cruel to Helen Burns, sending her out into the cold for punishments rather than simply humbling her in front of her classmates.
  • The death of Mrs. Reed is cut, so Jane does not return to Gateshead Hall.
  • Mr. Rochester and his guests at Thornfield Hall do not play charades.
  • Mr. Rochester does not disguise himself as a Gypsy woman.
  • When Jane leaves Thornfield Hall, she quickly stumbles upon the Rivers, who take her in.
  • Rosamond Oliver does not appear.
  • Jane's kinship to Mary, Diana and St. John Rivers is not revealed.
  • Jane does not inherit a fortune.



In the 1980s,[specify] the movie was dubbed into Mandarin and widely released in China.[1] The dubbed version became dominant form by which the classic was known to the Chinese, with the dubbed monologues of the film becoming more widely-recited than the original English.[1] The dubbed version was also release on audio cassette tape, and the cassette version was more popular than the dubbed film.[1]



John Williams composed the score, recording it at Anvil Studios, Denham, outside London.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Liu, Jin (Aug 22, 2013). Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium. BRILL. pp. 87–88. ISBN 9004259023. Retrieved Mar 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jane Eyre: Limited Edition". La-La Land Records. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 

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