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Fingersmith 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2005)
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In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Elaine Cassidy ...  Maud Lilly 3 episodes, 2005
Sally Hawkins ...  Sue Trinder 3 episodes, 2005
Imelda Staunton ...  Mrs. Sucksby 3 episodes, 2005
Rupert Evans ...  Richard 'Gentleman' Rivers 3 episodes, 2005
Polly Hemingway ...  Mrs Stiles 3 episodes, 2005
Sarah Badel ...  Mrs. Frobisher 2 episodes, 2005
Charles Dance ...  Mr. Christopher Lilly 2 episodes, 2005
David Troughton ...  Mr. Ibbs 2 episodes, 2005
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Storyline

Susan "Sue" Trinder is a fingersmith (British slang for thief) who lives in the slums of London with a baby farmer (person who looks after unwanted babies) Mrs.Sucksby. When a once rich man, who gambled all his money away, presents them with a scam that has a payout of 40,000 pounds, Sue signs on to swindle rich Maud Lilly. Maud is an orphan who lives with her uncle, but what exactly is going on in the Lilly house? Sue will pose as Maud's maid so that Mr. Rivers (the gentleman) can get close to and eventually marry her. Their plan is to put Maud in the madhouse and take the money for themselves. All goes astray though when Sue falls in love with Maud. And the question is: Who can you trust? Written by Clark Jin

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Two young women... one passion, mutual betrayal... Final retribution...

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Sally Hawkins, who plays Sue Trinder, also appeared as a maid in the earlier adaptation of another Sarah Waters' books Tipping the Velvet (2002). See more »

Quotes

Maud Lilly: Please don't touch me, stifle me, smother me... pretend to love me.
Mrs. Sucksby: Pretend?
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Alternate Versions

Although originally shown as three 60-minute episodes, it was released on DVD as two 90-minute episodes with the cast lists in the end credits of each new episode adjusted to include only the cast who were in the new episode. See more »

Connections

Version of The Handmaiden (2016) See more »

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5 October 2005 | by ceejay99See all my reviews

This movie was incredible!!!! I did not know the back story on it so I needed to let it unfold before me on DVD. It had many twists and turns but still kept the story fresh and exciting. The acting by Elaine Cassidy was in a word Brilliant as well as Sally Hawkins. The storyline is rich with plausible occurrences as well as fresh ideas from the present.

There is truly something about Ms. Cassidy's eyes that leaves "a mark." This movie is a refreshing look on the way in which we look at the 'victorian times' and how we view that society. A very worthwhile watch.


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fingersmith See more »

Filming Locations:

Hertfordshire, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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