Nicholas Nickleby

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Thanks to a strong cast of experienced actors and director Douglas McGrath's steady hand, Nicholas Nickleby is a worthy and respectful adaptation of the Dickens novel.

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After the death of the family patriarch, young Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) and his family are left with no means to survive. The family is forced to split up, and Nicholas lands in a school run by brutish principal Wackford Squeers (Jim Broadbent). Eventually, Nicholas makes a friend named Smike (Jamie Bell), and the two boys break free. Nicholas reunites with his family, but learns he must now defend his sister from the advances of menacing suitor Sir Mulberry Hawk (Edward Fox).

Cast

Charlie Hunnam
as Nicholas Nickleby
Christopher Plummer
as Ralph Nickleby
Jim Broadbent
as Wackford Squeers
Juliet Stevenson
as Mrs. Squeers
Anne Hathaway
as Madeline
Stella Gonet
as Mrs. Nickleby
Andew Havill
as Mr. Nickleby
Nathan Lane
as Crummles
Barry Humphries
as Mrs. Crummles
Timothy Spall
as Charles Cheeryble
Gerard Horan
as Ned Cheerible
Bruce Cook
as Little Wackford Squeers
Philip Davis
as Brooker
Heather Goldenhersh
as Fanny Squeers
Kevin Mckidd
as John Browdie
Nicholas Rowe
as Lord Verisopht
David Bradley
as Nigel Bray
Sophie Thompson
as Miss Lacreevy
Hugh Mitchell
as Boy Nicholas Nickleby
Angus Wright
as Mr. Pluck
Eileen Walsh
as The Infant Phenomenon
Andrew Havill
as Mr. Nickleby
Henry McGrath
as Child Nicholas Nickleby
Poppy Rogers
as Child Kate Nickleby
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  • Mar 13, 2011
    Charlie Hunnam shows great skills portraying Nicholas Nickleby. Having seen him in other roles with very diverse characters, this young man will be around the acting game as long as he wants. The story is somewhat predicable but adding Jamie Belle, Christopher Plummer, and Anne Hathaway in the mix and the story becomes a grand performance.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2010
    A movie where honor wins. So seldom do you hear about integrity in today's world, and this was a movie about being true to yourself, believing in your values and the balance of cruelty and kindness. Great performances by all. Nicely done!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2009
    <b>Nicholas Nickelby</b> was a film I was looking forward to watching since it has Charlie Hunnam in it (such a hottie). I love him in Sons of Anarchy. I haven't seen him in many movies though. I really loved him and Jamie Bell's performances. Their characters were the only interesting ones of the bunch. I think everyone did an amazing job in their parts. Well, besides Anne Hathaway. She was forgettable. To prove that point, I almost forgot she was in it until I saw her picture reminding me she was indeed part of the cast. The story really isn't what I was expecting. I'm not sure why I thought this was going to be a fun and silly period film. I ended up with quite the opposite of that. I didn't mind though. I did have a few laughs. It was all in the most inappropriate moments, which happens a lot. I got some annoyed glances but I can't help I'm a bit awkward with emotional crap, oh well. Smike's story is really sad and I think Bell did such a great job in the roll. The Squeers are awful people. I wanted to go through the screen and beat Mrs. Squeer with that spoon. The movie was a bit too long for my liking. I think it could have done without some scenes. Probably not something I would watch again, but not something I regret seeing.
  • Oct 10, 2008
    A good adaptation of a book that drags quite a bit in parts.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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