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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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Despite the Victorian setting. Charlie Hunnam manages to take off his shirt for a "beefcake" scene.See more »
Continuity: When Nicholas leaves Madeleine's apartment for the first time, it appears to be in the basement. When he rushes to save her from marrying Mulberry Hawk, he runs up many flights of steps to get to the apartment.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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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
England is lovingly represented in this film by a cinematography wedded to landscape., 8 January 2003
Author: John DeSando ( from Columbus, Ohio

If Dickens were with us today, he would delight in the stock shenanigans of Michael Milken and the outrageous dysfunction of the Osbourne family. Speculation and family chaos rule his `Nicholas Nickleby,' directed on film by Douglas McGrath (`Emma') and starring Christopher Plummer as cold Uncle Ralph and Jim Broadbent as cruel Wackford Squeers.

The idyllic thatched cottage in Devonshire with its white smoke pluming to heaven contrasts sharply with the dark satanic mills of London spewing black smoke into every home and hovel. The eponymous hero, played by Brit TV star Charlie Hunnam, travels both worlds to defend the honor of his sister, overcome the tyranny of his uncle (Plummer), and find love. Along the way Broadbent's boarding-school proprietor, reflecting the workhouse slavery of 19th century England, helps his uncle sabotage Nickleby's spirit and endanger his best friend. But Nicholas also meets the delightful Cheeryble brothers, one of whom is Mike Leigh regular Timothy Spall in an uncharacteristically cheery role.

England is lovingly represented in this film by a cinematography wedded to landscape like a Constable painting, gentlemen appearing as stately as in a Reynolds, and women appearing to be sitting for Gainesboro. All seems well represented without being overdone or obvious.

Like a good Dickens novel, the filmed `Nicholas Nickleby' can't help but drive home lessons about honesty and family. Reliance on both will bring happiness. My only question is how did the Golden Globes ever nominate this as a comedy?

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