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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story. Born in the gaol, after her mother is transported Moll is raised by the kindly ... See full summary »

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David Attwood

Writers:

Andrew Davies, Daniel Defoe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bowers James Bowers ... Gaoler
Alex Kingston ... Moll Flanders
Nicola Kingston Nicola Kingston ... Moll's Mother
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Judge
Lucy Evans ... Little Moll
Anthony Bessick Anthony Bessick ... Gypsy
Struan Rodger ... Mr. Richardson
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Mrs. Fairley
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Parish Officer
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Magistrate
Maureen O'Brien ... Mrs. Richardson
Colin Buchanan Colin Buchanan ... Rowland
Ian Driver Ian Driver ... Robin
Caroline Harker ... Maria
Dawn McDaniel ... Emily
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Storyline

In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story. Born in the gaol, after her mother is transported Moll is raised by the kindly mayor of Colchester and his wife, whose two sons lust after her. She enjoys sex with handsome Rowland, who teaches her that money talks, but, realizing he only wants her as a mistress, she marries his duller brother Robin, who conveniently dies after five years, leaving her wealthy. She goes to London, briefly meeting highwayman Jemmy Seagrove, and marries parvenu draper Daniel Dawkins, but he has huge debts and must flee to France, leaving Moll alone and poor. Moll meets handsome young American sea captain Lemuel Golightly, who marries her and takes her to Virginia and a good life style, along with his mother. They have two children and are blissfully happy until Moll discovers her mother-in-law is also her birth mother. She has married her own brother. She returns to England and poses as wealthy ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Seventeenth-Century Fox See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moll Flanders See more »

Filming Locations:

Lacock, Wiltshire, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This adaptation moves the setting of the novel forward a few decades. In the novel, adding up the dates reveals that Moll first goes up to London in the late 1630s, and begins her career as a thief in the 1660s. In this movie, however, these events are associated with Moll attending two plays, "The Country Wife" (1675) and "The Way of the World" (1700). The costumes are appropriate to this later period. See more »

Goofs

When this mini-series first aired on British TV, in the final episode, Moll is led to what she believes is her death. The cart in which she travels passes behind a large blue van, clearly visible in the foreground. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a restored version of this film with bonus footage including a more passionate sex scene between Jemmy and Moll. This version is the only version sold in the UK and the bonus scenes are rumored to have been put on the recent BFS DVD release. See more »

Connections

Version of The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965) See more »

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Local PBS Station Chopped it up!
2 December 2006 | by brujeriaSee all my reviews

Years ago when this aired on Baton Rouge's WLPB PBS station it was HEAVILY edited!

Only after someone reminded me that it was being re-shown on WYES in New Orleans UNCUT I eagerly tuned in!

Totally changed the entire direction of the movie! I don't think stations should be allowed to run cut movies.

Show it at a later time but don't hack up good movies, especially a classic just for someones Puritanical nonsense!

Have to say...even cut up as it was the first time I saw it, it was still a 10.


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