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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001)

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director:

Stephen Whittaker

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Martyn Hesford (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Dallimore John Dallimore ... Vicar
James D'Arcy ... Nicholas Nickleby
Sophia Myles ... Kate Nickleby
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... Mrs. Nickleby
Charles Dance ... Ralph Nickleby
George Innes ... Newman Noggs
Abigail McKern Abigail McKern ... Miss La Creevy
Gregor Fisher ... Mr. Squeers
Archie Preston Archie Preston ... Small Boy
Berwick Kaler ... Mr. Snawley
Lee Ingleby ... Smike
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Squeers
Chris Roebuck Chris Roebuck ... Wackford Squeers Jnr.
Debbie Chazen ... Fanny Squeers
Tom Hollander ... Mr. Mantalini
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Nicholas Nickleby is an impoverished young man making his way in life in the cruel and unjust world of early Victorian England. His good looks, kind heart and gentlemanly manner are fine qualities, but will they be enough for what awaits him? Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nicholas Nickleby See more »

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Trivia

Liz Smith plays the same role, Peg Sliderscew, that she played in an earlier BBC miniseries of Nicholas Nickleby (1977), over twenty years earlier. See more »

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Version of Le avventure di Nicola Nickleby (1958) See more »

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This movie is imbued with the quality of authentic Dickens.
20 March 2002 | by wjwolfe-1See all my reviews

This movie version of the novel amply reflects the understanding compassion that Dickens is known for. Its background scenes of London's impoverished as well as affluent class are convincingly impressive.

The various caricatures seem remarkably Dickensian. Beyond that, in sharp contrast with exploitative callousness, the tenderest comfort and kindliest good cheer are effectively portrayed by a splendid cast.

James D'Arcy in the title role gives a sterling performance as the appealingly generous-hearted and thoughtful Nicholas. Lee Ingleby deserves equally high praise as the woefully mistreated Smike, whom Nicholas befriends.


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