Release dateDecember 1970 (1970-12) Based onJane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte WriterJack Pulman (screenplay), Charlotte Bronte (novel) CastGeorge C. Scott (Edward Rochester), Susannah York (Jane Eyre), Ian Bannen (St. John Rivers), Jack Hawkins (Mr. Brocklehurst), Nyree Dawn Porter (Blanche Ingram) Similar moviesWide Sargasso Sea
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.
George C. Scott as Edward Rochester
Susannah York as Jane Eyre
Sara Gibson as Jane Eyre as a child
Ian Bannen as St. John Rivers
Rachel Kempson as Mrs. Fairfax
Nyree Dawn Porter as Blanche Ingram
Jack Hawkins as Mr. Brocklehurst
Jean Marsh as Mrs. Rochester
Kenneth Griffith as Mason
Angharad Rees as Louise
In the 1980s, the movie was dubbed into Mandarin and widely released in China. 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. The dubbed version was also released on audio cassette tape, and the cassette version was more popular than the dubbed film.
1972: Emmy Award - Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition (John Williams).
John Williams composed the score, recording it at Anvil Studios, Denham, outside London.