Vanity Fair (2004)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 21 mins

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The British Empire flowers; exotic India colors English imaginations. Becky Sharp, the orphaned daughter of a painter and a singer, leaves a home for girls to be a governess, armed with pluck, a keen wit, good looks, fluent French, and an eye for social advancement. Society tries its best to keep her from climbing. An episodic narrative follows her for 20 years, through marriage, Napoleonic wars, a child, loyalty to a school friend, the vicissitudes of the family whose daughters she instructed, and attention from a bored marquess who collected her father's paintings. Honesty tempers her schemes. No aristocrat she, nor bourgeois, just spirited, intelligent, and irrepressible.
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Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Roger Lloyd Pack, Ruth Sheen

Crew: Mira Nair (Director), Declan Quinn (Director of Photography), Mychael Danna (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 03 Dec 2004 (India)

Tagline: In a time of social climbers, Becky Sharp is a mountaineer.

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as The Marquess of Steyne
as Francis Sharp
as Miss Pinkerton
as Lady Gaunt
as Pitt Crawley
as Rawdon Crawley
as Mr. Osborne
as George Osborne
as Miss Pinkerton's Crone
as Ms. Green
as Lord Darlington
as Biju
as Coalman
as Becky Sharp
as William Dobbin
as Amelia Sedley




Executive Producer
Associate Producer


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
Boom Operator


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Art Director


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Stunt Coordinator
Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
French, German
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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In a time of social climbers, Becky Sharp is a mountaineer.
All's fair in love & war.
On September 1st, a heroine will rise.
Character Error
When Joseph Sedley gives Becky a parrot, he says it's because she loves things from India. The Blue and Gold Macaw is native to South America.

The arrangement and number of gold jewels around Becky's eyes change between shots

Towards the end of the film, when Becky and Rawdon are eating dinner in their house, Rawdon throws the napkin that is tucked into his collar on the table. In the next shot, the napkin is back in his collar. When he stands to leave, the napkin is back on the table.

While dancing, Becky wears dark black makeup on her eyes, streaked back almost to her temple. When the whole group reaches and looks up, the dark make-up is gone.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Becky watches her son leave in a carriage, the boom mic operator is briefly reflected in the carriage's rear window.
This film was based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel of the same name.

Director Mira Nair asked Reese Witherspoon to get pregnant for the role (as a joke, because she thought Reese was too thin). To Mira's delight, Witherspoon announced she was expecting after all.

This film was shot in just 55 days.