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The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)

When young Nell Trent's grandfather loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.

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Credited cast:
Alan Barry ... Groves
Adam Blackwood ... Dick Swiveller
... Daniel Quilp
Brian de Salvo ... Debtor Gentleman
Christopher Ettridge ... Sampson Brass
... Single Gentleman
... Tom
Gloria Hunniford ... Flower Seller
... Mrs. George
Oliver Maguire ... Stout Gentleman
William Mannering ... Kit Nubbles
Jean Marlow ... Mrs. Jintwin
Hamish McColl ... List
Brian McGrath ... Schoolmaster
... Mrs. Jarley
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1839. The young Nell Trent is leading a happy life with her grandfather in his curiosity shop. Wharf owner Daniel Quilp has given large amounts of money to Nell's grandfather as an investment, expecting a large profit. But when Quilp finds out the old man has lost all the money with playing cards, he is determined to get the man in a madhouse as revenge. Nell and her grandfather are forced to leave their house and to start traveling across the country. But Quilp isn't sitting still, his spies are everywhere. Meanwhile a stranger is also looking for Nell's grandfather. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements
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19 March 1995 (USA)  »

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A Velha Loja de Curiosidades  »

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Excellent adaptation
13 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

I rented this video mistakenly believing that it was a Masterpiece Theater offering. Initially, I was disappointed to see in the credits that it came from the Disney Channel. But only 15 minutes into the story, I realized that this was an excellent adaptation of Dicken's story. The period atmosphere was excellent, as were the costumes and sets. The acting was first-rate, particularly that of Tom Courtney as Quilp and Sally Walsh as Little Nell. Both of these parts could have been played too broadly by less accomplished actors. Sally Walsh's role could have easily become cloying, but she played it with radiant innocence. The villain, Quilp, might well have turned into a scenery-chewing, comic overstatement played by anyone but Courtney. I highly recommend this mini-series to anyone who enjoys film adaptations of 19th century British novels.


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