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Complete series cast summary:
Harriet Walter ...  Rachel 4 episodes, 1994
Bill Paterson ...  Stephen Blackpool 4 episodes, 1994
Alan Bates ...  Josiah Bounderby 4 episodes, 1994
Beatie Edney ...  Louisa Gradgrind 4 episodes, 1994
Bob Peck ...  Thomas Gradgrind 4 episodes, 1994
Emma Lewis Emma Lewis ...  Sissy Jupe / ... 4 episodes, 1994
Richard E. Grant ...  James Harthouse 3 episodes, 1994
Christien Anholt ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1994
Dilys Laye ...  Mrs. Sparsit 2 episodes, 1994
Damian Hunt Damian Hunt ...  Young Tom 2 episodes, 1994
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Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest children, Louisa and Tom, according to this philosophy and never allows them to engage in fanciful or imaginative pursuits.

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30 April 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Left-handed C'hristien Anholt' who plays Tom, is seen writing with his right hand as Tom is right handed. See more »

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Very little merit...
28 June 2007 | by whits_innSee all my reviews

This film was terribly drab. The setting was that of great oppressive surroundings, and it was hard not to feel great pity for the young children portrayed in this film. The lighting, the camera work, the directing was mediocre at best. The acting was decent, as some actors/actresses portrayed their character well, but a few scenes were melodramatic. I know the book is a reflection of the darker side of life, but this was just too much in the shadows. I watched this mostly because I had seen "Our Mutual Friend" and thought I would enjoy this work as well. I was greatly mistaken. I would never view this again, and I hope that I can forget the time that I did!


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