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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  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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Years later, Daniel Craig would later star in the 2012 film "Skyfall" co-starring Ralph Fiennes. Ralph Fiennes is Alex Kingston's Ex husband. See more »

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When Lucy Diver and the two men with her are hanged, a modern shackle connecting the rope to a body harness can be seen for each of the three as they swing. See more »

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Fun and moving social commentary
7 August 1999 | by (Van Nuys, California) – See all my reviews

You may find yourself watching this entire 4-hour movie all in one sitting like I did. Although it is a Mobil Masterpiece Theater presentation, it is also available on video. If you think you're in for some boring English drama, brace yourself, as it is very fast-paced, erotic, and often shockingly funny. Alex Kingston (now on "ER") delves into this role with a ferocity we rarely see on the screen. Although Moll does many bad things, we root for her the whole way. Diana Rigg is also a hoot as a mother-in-law that reveals herself to be something more. Daniel Defoe's condemnation of society as unforgiving of the monsters it creates is still as relevant today as when it was written. As long as you have an open mind about sex, nudity and immoral behavior onscreen, prepare to be fascinated.


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