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NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent, Anne Hathaway, Barry Humphries

Directed by: Douglas McGrath
Written by: Douglas McGrath, Charles Dickens
Produced by: Simon Channing-Williams, John Hart, Jeff Sharp
Distributor: United Artists

US: 12/27/02
UK: 27/06/03

Adapted from the Charles Dickens novel, this is a story of young Nicholas and his family, who have enjoyed a comfortable life. That is, until Nicholas' father dies and the family is left penniless, and Nicholas, his sister and mother venture to London to seek help from their Uncle Ralph. Unfortunately, Ralph's only intentions are to brak up the family and exploit them, and Nicholas is sent to a school run by the cruel, abusive and horridly entertaining Wackford Squeers. Eventually, Nicholas runs away with schoolmate Smike, and the two set off to reunite the Nickleby family.
After Shakespeare, Charles Dickens is the most prolific writer in English to have his works reworked into movies. His novels are, of course, highly cinematic in terms of cracking plots, memorable characters, and zingy dialogue. It's hard to miss with such source material. Let's hope this hits the bullseye.

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