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Moll Flanders (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 14 June 1996 (USA)
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 »

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(character from novel), (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Moll Flanders
... Hibble
... Mrs. Allworthy
... Artist
... Mrs. Mazzawatti
... Edna
Aisling Corcoran ... Flora
Jim Sheridan ... The Priest
... Artist's Father
Britta Smith ... Artist's Mother
Cathy Murphy ... Polly
Emma McIvor ... Mary
... Alice
... Orphanage Woman
... Magistrate
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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, escaping to the dangerous streets of London. Further misfortunes drive her to accept a job as a prostitute from the conniving Mrs. Allworthy. It is there that Moll first meets Hibble, who is working as Allworthy's servant but takes a special interest in the young woman's well-being. With his help, she retains hope for the future, ultimately falling in love with an unconventional artist who promises the possibility of romantic happiness. Written by Anonymous

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The remarkable story of one woman's unbreakable spirit.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for violence, nudity and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I istoria mias gynaikas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$955,606, 16 June 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,363,968, 21 July 1996
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeremy Brett's last film. See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Allworthy puts lip rouge and a beauty mark on Moll. Moll wipes off the lip rouge walking down the stairs but not the beauty mark. When we next see her face, the beauty mark is gone. See more »

Quotes

[while Posing for the nude pregnant portrait]
Moll Flanders: It's moving!
Artist: Keep still... Both of you.
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Connections

Referenced in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Movies (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Noll's Jig
Traditional music arranged by Nico Brown
Performed by Nico Brown, Martin Brunsden and Robert Harris
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Moll who?
22 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

The plot of this film has nearly nothing whatsoever to do with Daniel Defoe's novel; in place of Defoe's brilliant and compelling heroine it substitutes bushels full of ersatz-18th century drivel, pretentious neo-Irish music, and annoying children. Nunneries in England? An unexplained Afro-British man sent on a mission to read a book to an annoying child across the sea? A charitable organization which adopts adult women only if they are virgins? I am certain that if one made a film of "A Christmas Carol" with no Scrooge, no Tiny Tim, and Bob Cratchit as an alcoholic schoolmaster with an illegitimate one-legged daughter living in Sweden, viewers would complain that the story had gone missing -- why not here? It's a shame, as Morgan Freeman gives a memorable performance even in a role which seems dislocated from history, novelistic and actual.


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