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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

Story of a woman who merely wished to be a loving wife but always had to live the life of crime.

Director:

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 ... 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:

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of 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 only time Alex Kingston has worked with Daniel Craig on-screen. 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

Although they possess the same cover artwork, the Anchor Bay DVD and VHS releases feature different versions as well. The two-tape VHS edition cuts out the conclusion by Russell Baker from Part 1 and jumps directly to Moll snuffing at the beginning of Part 2. The end credits apply only to Part 2 only, leaving several cast members from Part 1 discredited. The DVD edition features the opening credits again at the beginning of Part 2, and bonus prison footage to lead into Moll snuffing. There are two sets of end credits at the end of Side 2: one for Part 1 and the other for Part 2. See more »

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smutty, funny, and well-performed
17 October 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

The story of Moll Flanders, thief and whore, is brought to the screen in four episodes written by period drama specialist Andrew Davies and performed by the peerless Alex Kingston.

When we first meet Moll, she lives in the house of the Mayor of Colchester, coquettishly flirting with his two sons. By the time we leave her she's been through five husbands, found the story of her origins, and turned to stealing and prostitution. But will she ultimately triumph?

This drama is fairly explicit - there's nudity and sex scenes galore. But Kingston is terrific as Moll and there are many other pleasures - Daniel Craig, Diana Rigg. Put the children in bed early and enjoy a fun nd well-done adaptation for the grown-ups.


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