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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

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A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

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Stella Gonet ...
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Mr. Nickleby
Henry McGrath ...
Child Nicholas Nickleby
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Boy Nicholas Nickleby
Poppy Rogers ...
Child Kate Nickleby
Jessie Lou Roberts ...
Young Kate Nickleby
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Angela Curran ...
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Young Nicholas and his family enjoy a comfortable life, until Nicholas' father dies and the family is left penniless. Nicholas, his sister and mother venture to London to seek help from their Uncle Ralph, but Ralph's only intentions are to separate the family and exploit them. Nicholas is sent to a school run by the cruel, abusive and horridly entertaining Wackford Squeers. Eventually, Nicholas runs away with schoolmate Smike, and the two set off to reunite the Nickleby family. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic material involving some violent action and a childbirth scene | See all certifications »

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27 June 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de Nicholas Nickleby  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,864, 29 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,587,173, 1 May 2003
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First cinema feature of Romola Garai. See more »

Goofs

As Nicholas and Madeleine kiss for the first time, the angle of his head in relation to hers changes instantly across several cuts. See more »

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Vincent Crummles: What happens when the light first pierces the dark dampness in which we have waited? We are slapped and cut loose. If we are lucky, someone is there to catch us and persuade us that we are safe. But are we safe? What happens if, too early, we lose a parent? That party on whom we rely for only everything? Why, we are cut loose again and we wonder, even dread whose hands will catch us now? There once lived a man named Nicholas Nickleby...
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Version of A Yorkshire School (1910) See more »

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On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at
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Traditional Yorkshire folk song; sung to the Methodist hymnal tune "Cranbrook" (1805) (uncredited), written by 'Thomas Clark'
Performed by Kevin McKidd (uncredited), Helen Coker (uncredited), and Jim Broadbent (uncredited)
Sung by John Browdie and Tilda while on their honeymoon in a London public house, accompanied by Mr. Wackford Squeers
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Dickens stripped bare... but still worthwhile because of a few good actors
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Having read the novel NN a couple of times I know how rich and full of funny characters and episodes this novel is. This adaptation greatly reduces the number of events compared to the novel; though I understand a director has to make a choice what elements of a story he should put to the screen I think the director has been a bit too drastic in doing so. No reference at all to the Mantalini's, or to the downfall of the Squeerses and the closure of Dotheboys hall -I sorely missed those episodes! But what I missed story-wise was partly made up by the acting of Christopher Plummer as Ralph Nickleby and the heartrending performance of Jamie "Billie Elliot' Bell as Smike. A pity that the director also puts the accent mostly on the melodramatic aspects of a story which is full of delicious humor. This adaptation has it charms but check out the royal Shakespeare's Company's version for a faithful adaptation that does Dickens real justice!


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