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Fingersmith 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2005)
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 Sarah Badel ...  Mrs. Frobisher 2 episodes, 2005
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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A tolvajlány 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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Guillermo del Toro wanted to work with Sally Hawkins after he saw her in this. He went on to write The Shape of Water (2017) with her in mind. See more »

Quotes

Sue Trinder: If I'd have said I love you, she'd have said it back. And then everything would have been different. I might have saved her... I might have found a way to keep her from her fate.
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One of the best lesbian stories told in the "big" screen
20 March 2006 | by wondernatSee all my reviews

I'm usually disappointed by what the media dubs "lesbian" movies these days: murderous bisexuals; psychotic murderous lesbians; women who experiment with other women, but end up with men at the end; ridiculously good-looking women who only get w/ each other to turn men on, etc.

Thankfully, FINGERSMITH is on a very high pedestal above this garbage. It is a credible love story acted MARVELOUSLY by every cast member, down to the least of the supporting actors. Aside from having a very engaging central conflict, the romance between the heroines is well developed and believable thanks to Cassidy and Hawkins.

I have also seen TIPPING THE VELVET, but FINGERSMITH is far superior to the former, both in character/conflict development and the quality of the acting.

FINGERSMITH is both satisfying and enjoyable to watch, offering lesbians everywhere a great follow-up act to BOUND.


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