7.8/10
1,166
16 user 3 critic

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)
Reviews
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Moll Flanders (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive Priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, ... See full summary »

Director: Pen Densham
Stars: Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman, Stockard Channing
Fanny Hill (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Orphaned by smallpox, young Lancashire country lady Fanny Hill cheerfully accepts her friend Esther Davies's offer to join the London 'working girls' with Mrs. Brown, a madam who recruits ... See full summary »

Stars: Rebecca Night, Alison Steadman, Hugo Speer
Moll Flanders (TV Movie 1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

All kinds of misfortune befall Moll Flanders in 18th-century England; but she's a great survivor.

Director: Donald McWhinnie
Stars: Julia Foster, Kenneth Haigh, Ian Ogilvy
Vanity Fair (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the ... See full summary »

Stars: Natasha Little, Frances Grey, Philip Glenister
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Kim Novak, Richard Johnson, Claire Ufland
The Mill (2013–2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The hard labour of cotton mill workers and the abuse they endure.

Stars: Kerrie Hayes, Ciaran Griffiths, Barbara Marten
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Dramatisation of the case of serial killers Fred and Rose West, focusing on the way in which they were brought to justice.

Stars: Emily Watson, Dominic West, Robert Glenister
Anzac Girls (2014)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The true stories of extraordinary young women who witness the brutality and heroism of war and rise to meet the challenge.

Stars: Georgia Flood, Antonia Prebble, Laura Brent
The Forsyte Saga (2002–2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Rupert Graves, Gina McKee
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to World War II.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell
Doctor Thorne (TV Mini-Series 2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.

Stars: Harry Richardson, Tom Hollander, Stefanie Martini
Edit

Storyline

In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders (Alex Kingston), dubbed "the wickedest woman in England" tells her story. Born in jail, after her mother is transported there, Moll is raised by the kindly Mayor of Colchester and his wife, whose two sons lust after her. She enjoys sex with handsome Rowland (Colin Buchanan), who teaches her that money talks, but, realizing he only wants her as a mistress, she marries his duller brother Robin (Ian Driver), who conveniently dies after five years, leaving her wealthy. She goes to London, briefly meeting highwayman James "Jemmy" Seagrave (Daniel Craig), and marries parvenu draper Daniel Dawkins (Christopher Fulford), but he has huge debts and must flee to France, leaving Moll alone and poor. Moll meets handsome young American sea Captain Lemuel Golightly (Tom Ward), who marries her and takes her to Virginia and a good lifestyle, along with his mother. They have two children and are blissfully happy until Moll discovers her mother-in-law (... Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Seventeenth-Century Fox See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The only time Alex Kingston has worked with Daniel Craig on-screen. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy Diver and the two men with her are hanged, a modern shackle connecting the rope to a body harness can be seen for each of the three as they swing. 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 »

Connections

Version of Sex in Sweden (1977) See more »

User Reviews

 
Entertaining but flawed
22 August 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

Entertaining but flawed screen version of Dafoe's novel. Kingston is excellent as Flanders and the rest of the cast does well also. The claustrophobic sets and many close-in shots add to the personal (and earthy!) nature of the story.

The only problem I have with the movie is the pacing (I didn't read the book, but most movies based on books seem to have this same problem). Some sequences are given too much screen time and other elements are glossed over. The "theme" is given more importance than the story, which is a shame because there are some really good things here.


5 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed