Nicholas Nickleby

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Produced on a smaller scale than the legendary 1982 stage-and-TV adaptation of the same novel, this two-part, four-hour version of Charles Dickens' sweeping novel The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby nonetheless avoided the superficiality of the much shorter 1947 film version. This time around, James D'Arcy starred as the titular Nicholas, who after being put in the "care" of his nasty and manipulative uncle, embarked on any number of fascinating adventures, not least of which was his tenure with a group of strolling actors. The story ended as Nicholas found employment as a schoolteacher, and as his nasty uncle received his long-overdue comeuppance. Despite formidable competition from a powerhouse cast, Charles Dance emerged as the real star of the proceedings with his full-blooded performance as the venal Ralph Nickleby.


James D'Arcy
as Nicholas Nickleby
Charles Dance
as Ralph Nickleby
Sophia Myles
as Kate Nickleby
Liz Smith
as Peg Sliderskew
Diana Kent
as Mrs. Nickleby
Gregor Fisher
as Mr. Squeers
Katherine Holme
as Madeleine Bray
Debbie Chazen
as Fanny Squeers
Jonathan Coy
as Charles Cheeryble
J.J. Feild
as Frank Cheeryble
Dominic West
as Mulberry Hawk
Pam Ferris
as Mrs. Squeers
George Innes
as Newman Noggs
Simeon Andrews
as Ned Cheeryble
Roderic Culver
as Lord Verisopht
Philip Bond
as Walter Bray
Tim Barlow
as Old Lord
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I swear, if it weren't for the British, I wouldn't know anything about literature. Nicholas Nickleby is actually a really good story and this is a good adaptation.

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