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Moll Flanders (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 14 June 1996 (USA)
The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, ... See full summary »

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(character from novel), (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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4 nominations. See more awards »
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Hibble
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Mrs. Allworthy
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Artist
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Mrs. Mazzawatti
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Edna
Aisling Corcoran ...
Flora
Jim Sheridan ...
The Priest
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Artist's Father
Britta Smith ...
Artist's Mother
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Polly
Emma McIvor ...
Mary
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Alice
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Orphanage Woman
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Magistrate
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The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, escaping to the dangerous streets of London. Further misfortunes drive her to accept a job as a prostitute from the conniving Mrs. Allworthy. It is there that Moll first meets Hibble, who is working as Allworthy's servant but takes a special interest in the young woman's well-being. With his help, she retains hope for the future, ultimately falling in love with an unconventional artist who promises the possibility of romantic happiness. Written by Anonymous

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The remarkable story of one woman's unbreakable spirit.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for violence, nudity and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I istoria mias gynaikas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$955,606 (USA) (14 June 1996)

Gross:

$3,363,968 (USA) (19 July 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeremy Brett's last film. See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Allworthy puts lip rouge and a beauty mark on Moll. Moll wipes off the lip rouge walking down the stairs but not the beauty mark. When we next see her face, the beauty mark is gone. See more »

Quotes

[while Posing for the nude pregnant portrait]
Moll Flanders: It's moving!
Artist: Keep still... Both of you.
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Soundtracks

Sellenger's Round
Traditional music arranged by Nico Brown
Performed by Nico Brown, John Senior and Eileen Stevens
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Talk about taking liberties with the story
18 June 2007 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The main problem with this film is that it calls itself "Moll Flanders." It has very little to do with the Defoe novel. Moll Flanders, who in the novel appears as a resourceful, intelligent, fun-loving and talented woman is transformed here into a helpless fallen angel who has little control over her own fate. There is no mention in this film of her many husbands (as well as the clever ways she obtained them), her thieving career, her other children, her mother and brother, and generally everything else in the novel that was entertaining and meaningful. Robin Wright Penn is boring and anemic in a role that demands the opposite. Sentimental Hollywood has never before ruined a good story with such skill. If you want to get the full flavor of this great novel, do yourself a favor and watch instead the British adaptation with Alex Kingston, also from 1996.


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