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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 »

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Certificate:

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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

The TV movie was given the 18 certificate in the United Kingdom due to it's extreme sex and graphic nudity. In New Zealand, it was given the M mature rating. 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

The miniseries was aired on PBS in both its two-part and four-part versions. Currently, the four-part edition deletes some scenes and extends some sexual sequences, but the four-part version aired on PBS was complete. See more »

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Archetypal Bodice Ripper
23 September 2001 | by RobskiSee all my reviews

The novel is the archetypal bodice ripper but the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders is far more than that. It is a well constructed, well acted, well directed period drama of the type the British TV Industry does so well.

Alex Kingston is exceptional in the title roll, her defection to the States from the UK is a real loss and the cast list is like a who's who of British TV. Particularly good is Diana Rigg.

All in all my words cannot really do it justice, if you get the opportunity to see it then please do. It is really well worth it.


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