The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama  |  19 March 1995 (USA)
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When young Nell Trent's grandfather loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.



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Jean Marlow ...
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Brian McGrath ...


1839. The young Nell Trent is leading a happy life with her grandfather in his curiosity shop. Wharf owner Daniel Quilp has given large amounts of money to Nell's grandfather as an investment, expecting a large profit. But when Quilp finds out the old man has lost all the money with playing cards, he is determined to get the man in a madhouse as revenge. Nell and her grandfather are forced to leave their house and to start traveling across the country. But Quilp isn't sitting still, his spies are everywhere. Meanwhile a stranger is also looking for Nell's grandfather. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements




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19 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Velha Loja de Curiosidades  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dickens as Dickens should be
2 April 1999 | by (Varde, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This TV series is really brilliant and more over not as sobbing as Dickens often tend to become. Peter Ustinov is almost a guarantee of success but actually it is Tom Courtenay as Daniel Quilp who makes this rendition of a dramatic tale outstanding. He is nothing less than excellent. His facial expressions are as vivid as Tom Cruise's are not, not to mention his hobgoblin' about.

Should you get the opportunity to see it, please don't rob yourself of an exquisite piece of drama.

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