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Story

Robin Wright gives an adolescent, one-note performance as Daniel Defoe's 18th-century heroine, who has successive experiences as an abandoned child, a prostitute, a wife (five times over!), a thief, an artist's model, a felon, and much else. Writer-director Pen Densham takes a Forrest Gump-like sentimental angle on Moll's many manifestations (quite a bit different from Terence Young's bawdy 1965 film version) and mostly succeeds in making a movie that is too silly, precious, and weepy. Morgan Freeman plays a narrator (who doesn't exist in the book), and there are some good performances from John Lynch, Stockard Channing, and Jeremy Brett. But by the time this wobbly adaptation reaches its sappy conclusion, one can't help but feel the overriding power of the film is to insult the intelligence with treacle. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Robin WrightMoll Flanders
Morgan FreemanHibble
Stockard ChanningMrs. Allworthy
John LynchArtist
Brenda FrickerMrs. Mazzawatti
Geraldine JamesEdna

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Pen Densham
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 123 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 14, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 7, 2003
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