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 date
  • December 1970 (1970-12)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Jane Eyre is a 1970 British television 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, who is raised by her abusive Aunt and cousins until she is sent to the cruel school institution of Lowood School. 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.



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 released 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 (22 August 2013). Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium. BRILL. pp. 87–88. ISBN 9004259023. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jane Eyre: Limited Edition". La-La Land Records. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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