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Nicholas Nickleby -- After Nicholas' father dies and leaves the family penniless, the Nickleby family moves to London to stay with their Uncle ralph.  Ralph turns abusive and separates the family, which includes sending Nicholas to the cruel and wicked Wackford Squeers.  At this horrible escape from the school and set off to reunite the Nickleby family.
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Writers (WGA):
Charles Dickens (novel)
Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 May 2003 (New Zealand) See more »
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A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Stella Gonet ... Mrs. Nickleby

Andrew Havill ... Mr. Nickleby
Henry McGrath ... Child Nicholas Nickleby

Hugh Mitchell ... Boy Nicholas Nickleby
Poppy Rogers ... Child Kate Nickleby
Jessie Lou Roberts ... Young Kate Nickleby

Charlie Hunnam ... Nicholas Nickleby

Romola Garai ... Kate Nickleby

Tom Courtenay ... Newman Noggs

Christopher Plummer ... Ralph Nickleby

Anne Hathaway ... Madeline Bray

Jim Broadbent ... Mr. Wackford Squeers
Angela Curran ... Parent

Jamie Bell ... Smike

Juliet Stevenson ... Mrs. Squeers
Bruce Cook ... Little Wackford Squeers
Greg Sheffield ... Bolder
Alex Graham ... Cobbey
Jordan Calvert ... First Boy
Joel Pitts ... Second Boy
Billy Hill ... Tomkins

Heather Goldenhersh ... Fanny Squeers

Lucy Davis ... Maid (as Lucy Davies)
Helen Coker ... Tilda

Kevin McKidd ... John Browdie

Edward Fox ... Sir Mulberry Hawk

Nicholas Rowe ... Lord Verisopht
Angus Wright ... Mr. Pluck

Nathan Lane ... Vincent Crummles

Barry Humphries ... Mrs. Crummles / Mr. Leadville (also as Dame Edna Everage)

Alan Cumming ... Mr. Folair

Eileen Walsh ... The Infant Phenomenon
Alfred Harmsworth ... Young Smike

Mark Wells ... Romeo in play

Daisy Haggard ... Juliet in play
Jacob Engelberg ... Boy Messenger (as Jacob Engleberg)

Philip Davis ... Brooker (as Phil Davis)

Sophie Thompson ... Miss Lacreevy

Timothy Spall ... Charles Cheeryble
Gerard Horan ... Ned Cheeryble
Lisa Martin ... Ribbon Girl

William Ash ... Frank

David Bradley ... Nigel Bray
Celia Henebury ... Mrs. Bray

Edward Hogg ... Young Mr. Bray

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Doctor
Diana Morrison ... Bray's Maid
Amber Batty ... Mrs. Ralph Nickleby

Mark Dexter ... Young Ralph Nickleby
Mark Meadows ... Lone Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Theatre Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas McGrath 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (novel)

Douglas McGrath (screenplay)

Produced by
Simon Channing Williams .... producer
Gail Egan .... executive producer
John Hart .... producer (as John N. Hart)
Michael Hogan .... executive producer
Robert How .... line producer
Robert Kessel .... executive producer
Jeff Sharp .... producer (as Jeffrey Sharp)
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
Andrew Grant 
Tom Read (supervising art director)
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Sue Ignatius .... makeup artist
Sarah Monzani .... makeup designer
Graham Pownall .... hair stylist
Maralyn Sherman .... key makeup artist
Simon Thompson .... hair designer
Christine Whitney .... crowd makeup artist
Trefor Proud .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Steve Harrow .... post-production supervisor: UK
Christopher Kenneally .... post-production supervisor: US
Ian Pollington .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vicki Allen .... crowd third assistant director
Dan Channing Williams .... third assistant director
Ben Howard .... third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Rob Burgess .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Christian Rigg .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eddie Baker .... stand-by props
David Cheesman .... storeman (as Dave Cheesman)
Tanya Clark .... art department researcher
Gary Davies .... stand-by stagehand
Steve Deane .... chargehand carpenter
Andrew Forrest .... assistant art director (as Andy Forrest)
Gary Fox .... stand-by props
Claire Grainger .... prop buyer
Katy Harvey .... stand-by art director (as Katy Pain)
Dave Hill .... stand-by carpenter
Martin Lane .... stand-by painter
Jo Littlejohn .... art department coordinator
Leon McCarthy .... stand-by carpenter
Adam McCreight .... dressing props
Richard Mills .... property master
John O'Connor .... chargehand carpenter
Justin Overhill .... scenic artist
Dave Perschky .... construction manager
Don Santos .... dressing props
Ben Smith .... draftsman
Michael Standish .... prop buyer
David Stapleton .... chargehand painter (as Dave Stapleton)
Ed Walsh .... draftsman
Kimberley Fahey .... art department trainee (uncredited)
Nick Pelham .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Ben Smith .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Barrow .... sound assistant
John Bateman .... adr and foley recording: UK
Jonathan Bates .... supervising sound editor
Philip Bothamley .... dialogue editor (as Phillip Bothamley)
Ricky Butt .... foley artist (as Ricki Butt)
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Fraser .... production sound mixer
Bobby Johanson .... adr and foley recording: US
Claire Mahoney .... foley artist
Nadine Finzi Maybruck .... adr assistant: US
Michael Redfern .... foley editor
Mark Rose .... sound editor
Steve Single .... sound re-recording mixer
Alastair Sirkett .... adr editor (as Alistair Sirkett)
Andy Tait .... consultant: DTS
William Towers .... boom operator (as Will Towers)
Chris Wilson .... consultant: Dolby
Graham Day .... sound trainee (uncredited)
Steve Finn .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Christopher Longhurst .... special effects assistant (as Chris Longhurst)
Graham Longhurst .... special effects advisor
Keith Dawson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Andrew Jeffery .... visual effects supervisor (as Andy Jeffery)
Simon Carr .... digital artist (uncredited)
Gary Connery .... stunts
Rowley Irlam .... stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Bill Weston .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera
Robert Brown .... rigging gaffer
Richard Carroll .... second assistant camera
Mike Cooper .... electrician
Ray Evans .... photographer: title sequence
Alex Griffiths .... camera loader
Stuart Howell .... camera operator
Lorraine Jones .... video technician
Paul McGeachan .... electrician
Michael McHugh .... electrician
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Mike Miller .... camera operator: second unit
Tommy O'Sullivan .... best boy
Andy Ormesher .... stand-by rigger
John Powell .... electrician
Darren Quinn .... grip: second unit
Alex Scott .... gaffer
Gordon Segrove .... first assistant camera: second unit
Colin Strachan .... grip
Danny Espey .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Steve Finberg .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Stuart Howell .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rosalie Clayton .... casting assistant
Tamara Gillon .... casting assistant
Nina Gold .... casting: UK
Alison E. McBryde .... casting associate
Lina Todd .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liam Flavell .... costume assistant
William McPhail .... costume supervisor
Michael Mooney .... costume assistant
Marnie Ormiston .... costume assistant
Kirsty Wilkinson .... costume assistant
Nicole Young .... assistant costume designer
Lucy Denny .... costumer (uncredited)
Penny McDonald .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Claire Ferguson .... assistant editor: avid
Alec Gibson .... color timer
Joe Hobeck .... assistant editor: avid (as Joseph Hobeck)
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Mark Neale .... assistant editor: avid
Marsha Bramwell .... trainee assistant editor (uncredited)
Matthew Streatfield .... trainee assistant editor (uncredited)
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Chris Dibble .... music engineer
George Hamer .... orchestral contractor
Rachel Portman .... music producer
David Snell .... conductor
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jimmy Carruthers .... unit driver (uncredited)
Enyo Mortty .... driver: Christopher Plummer (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Barbara Berkery .... dialect coach
Barbara Berkery .... dialogue coach
Sam Chwat .... dialogue coach: US
Chris Cozens .... auricle operator
Andrew Gwyn Davies .... production runner
Hannah Davies .... assistant: Rachel Portman
Piers Dunn .... assistant location manager
Graham Easton .... completion bond guarantor: Film Finances
Daniel Feiner .... production assistant: Hart Sharp Entertainment
Poppy Field .... base runner
Candice Fonseca .... production coordinator
Vic Fraser .... copyist
Anwen Griffiths .... assistant: Gail Egan and Simon Channing Williams
Claudia Kalindjian .... unit publicist
Sue Lefton .... choreographer
Ben Limberg .... assistant: John N. Hart and Jeffrey Sharp
Matthew Love .... stand-in
Sarada McDermott .... assistant production coordinator
Jon Miller .... assistant accountant
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Gerard Naprous .... horse master
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Malcolm Ranson .... fight arranger
Ben Rimmer .... location manager
Jonathan Rutter .... publicity: McDonald & Rutter
Joy Scott .... stand-in
Tracey Tucker .... assistant location manager
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Brett Williams .... production assistant: Hart Sharp Entertainment
Hayley Williams .... assistant: Douglas McGrath
Zoe Wilson .... production runner (as Zoë Wilson)
Nina Wolarsky .... executive: Hart Sharp Entertainment
Ian Pollington .... location manager (uncredited)
Joy Scott .... floor runner (uncredited)
Diana Scrivener .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Derek Warman .... fire officer (uncredited)
Tim Cribb .... thanks: Churchill College, Cambridge University
Gordon Campbell Gray .... thanks: One Aldwych
Daniel Johansson .... thanks: One Aldwych
Trevor May .... thanks
Betty Moore .... thanks: DTA Tours & Travel
Andrew Xavier .... thanks: The Dickens House Museum, London
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for thematic material involving some violent action and a childbirth scene
132 min
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First cinema feature of Romola Garai.See more »
Continuity: As Nicholas and Madeleine kiss for the first time, the angle of his head in relation to hers changes instantly across several cuts.See more »
[first lines]
Vincent Crummles:What happens when the light first pierces the dark dampness in which we have waited? We are slapped and cut loose. If we are lucky, someone is there to catch us and persuade us that we are safe. But are we safe? What happens if, too early, we lose a parent? That party on whom we rely for only everything? Why, we are cut loose again and we wonder, even dread whose hands will catch us now? There once lived a man named Nicholas Nickleby...
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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Good Triumphs Over Evil, 4 September 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Stunning photography, outrageous characters and a powerful, emotional story: that's Nicholas Nickleby, the 2002 adaptation from the famous book by Charles Dickens. I have not read that book, so this story was new to me and I couldn't help but be impressed.

Hopefully, most people are still satisfied to see good people triumph in the end. With a Dickens story, you know there will be a lot to overcome, too, and lots of suffering and heartache along the way to a happy ending.

Douglas McGrathdid a fine job directing this film. Dick Pope, director of photography (cinematographer) made England look as beautiful as any Merchant-Ivory film I've seen. Start-to-finish the landscape of England never looked prettier. Pope performed the same kind of magic two years later in "The Illusionist," a gorgeous-looking movie. Kudos to Rachel Portman for a magnificent score, too, with a beautiful, sweeping theme song. This movie is a treat for the ears, as well.

Charlie Hunnam as Nicholas Nickleby was adequate; Christopher Plummer as his Uncle Ralph was very good and Jamie Bell as the unforgettable "Smike" was excellent. It's hard to believe he's the same kid who played "Billy Elliott" just a couple of years ago.

Jim Broadbent and Juliet Stevens as the wicked, evil husband-and-wife-team who run DotheBoys Hall, a boys boarding school, were also memorable. Dickens also had cruel people mistreating little boys and these two personify cruelty.

Two beautiful women: Anne Hathaway's as Nicholas' love "Madeline Bray" and Romola Garai as his sister "Kate" were both pleasant and easy on the eyes. As for supporting actors, I enjoyed them all as well, getting an extra smile from Timothy Spall and Gerald Horan and "Charles and Ned Cherryble" The same can be said for Nathan Lane and Alan Cumming, who provide much-needed comic relief and whimsy.

I did not recognize Tom Courtenay as "Newman Noggs." I guess I still picture him from his younger and much thinner years. It's been almost 25 years since I last saw him in "The Dresser" and he's changed quite a bit.

One other thing that was fun to observe in this film: everyone's vocabulary! , I loved how they expressed themselves, the good and the bad people

Of the many well-put sentences delivered in this well-intentioned and high-minded film, I remember Nickleby saying near the end,

"Weakness is tiring, but strength is exhausting."

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