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Story

While it necessarily streamlines the Charles Dickens classic, this delightful adaptation of Nicholas Nickelby captures the essence of Dickens in all of its Victorian splendor and squalor. With Charlie Hunnam (the U.K. Queer as Folk) doing noble work in the title role, this quintessentially Dickensian tale begins with the death of Nicholas's father, and the subsequent scheme by his cruel uncle (Christopher Plummer, perfectly cast) to separate Nicholas from his now penniless sister and mother. Stuck in a squalid school run by the evil Mr. and Mrs. Squeers (Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson), Nicholas escapes with his loyal friend Smike (Billy Elliott's Jamie Bell), whose lineage will determine the greedy uncle's fate. As he did with Jane Austen's Emma, writer-director Douglas McGrath has crafted a prestigious production that shifts effortlessly between comedy and tragedy without compromising its warm, inviting tone. His dialogue rings true throughout, inspiring a stellar cast including Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, and Timothy Spall. Dickens himself would almost certainly have approved. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Charlie HunnamNicholas Nickleby
Romola GaraiKate Nickleby
Tom CourtenayNewman Noggs
Christopher PlummerRalph Nickleby
Anne HathawayMadeline Bray
Jim BroadbentMr. Wackford Squeers
Jamie BellSmike
Juliet StevensonMrs. Squeers
Heather GoldenhershFanny Squeers
Lucy DavisMaid
Kevin McKiddJohn Browdie
Edward FoxSir Mulberry Hawk
Nicholas RoweLord Verisopht
Nathan LaneVincent Crummles
Barry HumphriesMrs. Crummles/Mr. Leadville
Alan CummingMr. Folair
Philip DavisBrooker
Sophie ThompsonMiss Lacreevy
Timothy SpallCharles Cheeryble
David BradleyNigel Bray
Roger Ashton-GriffithsDoctor

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Douglas McGrath
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 22, 2003
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