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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  13 October 1996 (USA)
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In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story. Born in the gaol, after her mother is transported Moll is raised by the kindly ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bowers ...
Gaoler
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Nicola Kingston ...
Moll's Mother
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Judge
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Little Moll
Anthony Bessick ...
Gypsy
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Mr. Richardson
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Mrs. Fairley
Peter Jonfield ...
Parish Officer
Neville Phillips ...
Magistrate
Maureen O'Brien ...
Colin Buchanan ...
Rowland
Ian Driver ...
Robin
Caroline Harker ...
Maria
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Emily
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In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story. Born in the gaol, after her mother is transported Moll is raised by the kindly mayor of Colchester and his wife, whose two sons lust after her. She enjoys sex with handsome Rowland, who teaches her that money talks, but, realizing he only wants her as a mistress, she marries his duller brother Robin, who conveniently dies after five years, leaving her wealthy. She goes to London, briefly meeting highwayman Jemmy Seagrove, and marries parvenu draper Daniel Dawkins, but he has huge debts and must flee to France, leaving Moll alone and poor. Moll meets handsome young American sea captain Lemuel Golightly, who marries her and takes her to Virginia and a good life style, along with his mother. They have two children and are blissfully happy until Moll discovers her mother-in-law is also her birth mother. She has married her own brother. She returns to England and poses as wealthy ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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This adaptation moves the setting of the novel forward a few decades. In the novel, adding up the dates reveals that Moll first goes up to London in the late 1630s, and begins her career as a thief in the 1660s; in this series, however, these events are associated with Moll attending two plays - "The Country Wife" (1675) and "The Way of the World" (1700). The costumes are appropriate to this later period. See more »

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When this mini-series first aired on British TV, in the final episode, Moll is led to what she believes is her death. The cart in which she travels passes behind a large blue van, clearly visible in the foreground. See more »

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smutty, funny, and well-performed
17 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story of Moll Flanders, thief and whore, is brought to the screen in four episodes written by period drama specialist Andrew Davies and performed by the peerless Alex Kingston.

When we first meet Moll, she lives in the house of the Mayor of Colchester, coquettishly flirting with his two sons. By the time we leave her she's been through five husbands, found the story of her origins, and turned to stealing and prostitution. But will she ultimately triumph?

This drama is fairly explicit - there's nudity and sex scenes galore. But Kingston is terrific as Moll and there are many other pleasures - Daniel Craig, Diana Rigg. Put the children in bed early and enjoy a fun nd well-done adaptation for the grown-ups.


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