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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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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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Jeremy Brett's last film. See more »

Goofs

The motion of the ship below deck is unrealistic. At 0:32:00 and 1:50:00 the scene inside the cabin shows rocking along one axis only - side to side - when the ship was in a storm. Anyone with practical experience with boats and ships in the rough weather depicted would expect pitching fore and aft as well, and violent crashes from bashing into waves, creating a corkscrewing roll that contributes so much to seasickness. Also at 1:50:00 an exterior shot of the ship in the storm is accompanied by a command "reef the mizzen mast" but the sails are hanging limply; the heavy roar of the wind suggests they could not be in the eye of the storm. 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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Connections

Version of Sex in Sweden (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Sellenger's Round
Traditional music arranged by Nico Brown
Performed by Nico Brown, John Senior and Eileen Stevens
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A sentimental, but enjoyable movie.
2 September 1999 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

When I watched "Moll Flanders", it was impossible not to cry... it's just one of those movies. A sweet and sad film, the title character was excellently played by Robin Wright. Some might find it overly emotional, but I found it very enjoyable in its tenderness.

My only displeasure with this movie is that it is not true to the story in Defoe's wonderful novel "Moll Flanders"; it is true to the novel only in the spirit of the character Moll Flanders. To say the movie was a loose interpretation is not adequate; it's much more of a new story using the old character of Moll Flanders.

Defoe's work has a different (and I find, more entertaining) style as well as a richer plot line. Mobil Masterpiece's presentation of "Moll Flanders" (with Alex Kingston in the title role) is much truer to the novel. I found it much more entertaining and much less sentimental. However, it doesn't have the gut-wrenching emotion of this "Moll Flanders". Each viewer will have to pick their own favorite.


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