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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 »


Pen Densham


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Wright ... Moll Flanders
Morgan Freeman ... Hibble
Stockard Channing ... Mrs. Allworthy
John Lynch ... Artist
Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. Mazzawatti
Geraldine James ... Edna
Aisling Corcoran Aisling Corcoran ... Flora
Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan ... The Priest
Jeremy Brett ... Artist's Father
Britta Smith ... Artist's Mother
Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy ... Polly
Emma McIvor Emma McIvor ... Mary
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Alice
Ger Ryan ... Orphanage Woman
Harry Towb ... Magistrate


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.

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The remarkable story of one woman's unbreakable spirit.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Final theatrical movie of Jeremy Brett (Artist's Father). See more »


The motion of the ship below deck is unrealistic. At 0:32:00 and 1:50:00 the scene inside the cabin shows rocking along one axis only - side to side - when the ship was in a storm. Anyone with practical experience with boats and ships in the rough weather depicted would expect pitching fore and aft as well, and violent crashes from bashing into waves, creating a corkscrewing roll that contributes so much to seasickness. Also at 1:50:00 an exterior shot of the ship in the storm is accompanied by a command "reef the mizzen mast" but the sails are hanging limply; the heavy roar of the wind suggests they could not be in the eye of the storm. See more »


Moll Flanders: I always thought I had to be rich to own the stars.
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Version of The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965) See more »


Sellenger's Round
Traditional music arranged by Nico Brown
Performed by Nico Brown, John Senior and Eileen Stevens
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Entertaining but slowly paced version based on title character from Daniel Defoe's prestigious novel
2 March 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨Moll Flanders¨ (1996) by Pen Densham boasts a very good cast as Robin Wright Penn , Stockard Channing , Brenda Fricker , John Lynch and special mention for Morgan Freeman playing a dignified servant . Colorful retelling based upon a famous and popular novel , setting in the 18th century , London town . A fun romp set from Daniel Defoe's 1722 book focusing a poor orphan girl who seeks wealthy life in England . Born in London's Newgate prison , at the beginning she becomes a house servant at a bourgeois home run by a decent mother (Brenda Fricker) with two daughters but she escapes , and after that , one time grown-up , Moll (Robin Wright Penn) embarks on a risked and unfortunate life , as she eventually finds herself working at the brothel of Mrs Allworthy (Stockard Channning) , there she loses her virginity . As Moll is a beautiful female chased around every bedchamber in a bustling brothel at London town . Soon after , she decides to make her own way and fortune as well as misfortunes ; being always supported by the unwavering friendship of Hibble (Morgan Freeman) . Moll Flanders (female derivative of Tom Jones) plots to get ahead through an advantageous series of romances . But her existence as a whore leads her to drink and near suicide , and things get dreary until she falls for an allegedly impoverished painter (John Lynch) and briefly finds illusion .

Pretty good film , well played , compellingly made and adequately setting . A picture much after the style of ¨Tom Jones¨ and ¨Fanny Hill¨ with bag of incident and color . This period piece turns out to be the 5th on-screen adaptation of Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel , though it misses of the lip-smacking period relish spoiled with a slow and overlong narrative . Being slightly faith to Defoe novel in telling the fortunes and misfortunes of this lively hustler who eventually finds herself working at the brothel of greed and with a scheming landlady . Gorgeous costumes are appropriate to this 18th period . Nice acting from Robin Wright Penn as the wickedly seductive Moll , a spirited heroine who becomes a sensitive prostitute and who briefly finds happiness . Robin Wright holds everything together with help a talented supporting casting . Jon Lynch also gives a heartfelt acting as a crippled as well as enamored artist who finds inspiration on Moll' beauty . The secondary cast is frankly good , such as : Stockard Channing , Jim Sheridan , Maria Doyle Kennedy , Brenda Fricker , Geraldine James and Jeremy Brett's last film . It packs a colorful and glimmer cinematography by David Tattersall . Evocative and stirring soundtrack by Mark Mancina , adding classic music . The motion picture was professionally written and directed by Pen Densham .

Other films based on the bawdy , rousing retelling from Daniel Defoe's novel are the followings : ¨ The amorous adventures of Moll Flanders¨ (1965) by Terence Young with Kim Novak , Richard Johnson , Lilli Palmer , Vittorio De Sica , George Sanders , Leo McKern . Furthermore , TV rendition (1976) ¨Moll Flanders¨ with Julia Foster , Kenneth Haigh , Barry Jackson and Ian Ogilvy . And TV Mini-series in four episodes ¨Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" by David Attwood with Alex Kingstone , Daniel Craig , James Fleet , Diana Rigg , Tom Ward , Roger Ashton-Griffiths , Ronald Frazer , James Larkin and Christopher Fulford

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Release Date:

14 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$955,606, 16 June 1996

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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