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19 March 1995 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Alan Barry ... Groves
Adam Blackwood ... Dick Swiveller

Tom Courtenay ... Daniel Quilp
Brian de Salvo ... Debtor Gentleman
Christopher Ettridge ... Sampson Brass

James Fox ... Single Gentleman

Ricci Harnett ... Tom
Gloria Hunniford ... Flower Seller
Doreen Keogh ... Mrs. George
Oliver Maguire ... Stout Gentleman
William Mannering ... Kit Nubbles
Jean Marlow ... Mrs. Jintwin
Hamish McColl ... List
Brian McGrath ... Schoolmaster

Julia McKenzie ... Mrs. Jarley
Bronco McLoughlin ... George
Michael Mears ... Skinflete
Wesley Murphy ... Tame Constable
Daphne Neville ... Mrs. Simmons
Helen Norton ... Bessy

Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy ... Mrs. Quilp
Stewart Permutt ... Jowl
John Rogan ... Warncliffe

Alan Shearman ... Short

Birdy Sweeney ... Crossing Sweeper
Alwyne Taylor ... Mrs. Nubbles

Frank Thornton ... Mr. Witherden

Peter Ustinov ... Grandfather

Sally Walsh ... Nell Trent
Timothy Watson ... Fred Trent
Anne White ... Sally Brass
Martin Wimbush ... Codlin
Philip O'Grady ... Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Martin O'Malley ... Soldier (uncredited)
Kathrina Shine ... Crazy Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Connor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Dickens  novel
John Goldsmith 

Produced by
John Davis .... associate producer
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer
Carol Rubin .... executive producer
Greg Smith .... producer
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
Cinematography by
Douglas Milsome 
Film Editing by
Barry Peters 
Casting by
Allan Foenander 
Production Design by
Keith Wilson 
Art Direction by
Alistair Kay 
Set Decoration by
Jim Harkin 
Costume Design by
Tiny Nicholls 
Makeup Department
Bernie Dooley .... key hair stylist
Ken Jennings .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Kevan Barker .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marian Barlow .... second assistant director
Jim Gorman .... trainee assistant director
Martin O'Malley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Emma Hunt .... propsperson
Daragh Lewis .... property master
Graham Waters .... carpenter
Sound Department
Jack Armstrong .... boom operator
Laurie Clarkson .... production sound mixer
Michael C. Gutierrez .... supervising sound editor
Thomas J. Huth .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Craig M. Otte .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Weishaar .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Weishaar)
Special Effects by
Maurice Foley .... special effects supervisor
Marty Kelly .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Ciarán Barry .... focus puller
Seamus Corcoran .... camera operator
Casting Department
Brian Jones .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Cox .... wardrobe
James Smith .... wardrobe (as Jim Smith)
Editorial Department
Helen Eley .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gaili Schoen .... composer: additional music
Sharon Smith .... music editor
Transportation Department
Paul Kelly .... driver: cast
Other crew
Gail Bateman .... production coordinator: London
Neil Chaplin .... production accountant
Anthony Furlong .... production assistant
David Murphy .... location manager
Anneliese O'Callaghan .... production coordinator: Dublin
Jean Skinner .... script supervisor
Sonja Solomun .... post-production auditor

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements
UK:120 min | 184 min (2 parts)
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Dickens as Dickens should be, 2 April 1999
Author: Thomas Honoré Nielsen from Varde, Denmark

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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