. "[3], In his review in The New York Times, A. O. Scott called the film "two hours of swift, engaging entertainment" and added, "The book's theme and spirit have been dutifully respected. | From one of Charles Dickens' most beloved novels comes some of his most unforgettable characters, vibrantly brought to life by a star-studded, award winning cast. Nicholas Nickleby is newly employed as a teacher at Dotheboys' Hall in Yorkshire thanks to his manipulative and avaricious uncle Ralph, a businessman. Technical Specs, See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro, Feature Film, with Anne Hathaway (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending), assistant director: second unit (uncredited), additional third assistant director (uncredited), special effects assistant (as Chris Longhurst), visual effects supervisor (as Andy Jeffery), assistant editor: avid (as Joseph Hobeck), production assistant: Hart Sharp Entertainment, assistant: Gail Egan and Simon Channing Williams, assistant: John N. Hart and Jeffrey Sharp, thanks: Churchill College, Cambridge University. Charlie Hunnam Nathan Lane Jim Broadbent Christopher Plummer Jamie Bell Anne Hathaway Alan Cumming Timothy Spall Romola Garai Andrew Havill Stella Gonet Hugh Mitchell Tom Courtenay Juliet Stevenson Lucy Davis Kevin McKidd Edward Fox Nicholas Rowe Angus Wright Barry Humphries Eileen Walsh Mark Wells Daisy Haggard Phil Davis Gerard Horan William Ash Sophie Thompson David … Instead, the impression is one of abundance: It's a generous tale, told through big performances by a talented cast. At 6 ½ hours in length with 150 characters and more than 10,000 lines of dialogue, the dramatic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 19th-century novel is a theatrical challenge like no other. Nicholas Nickleby was an 8½ hour long adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, performed in 2 parts. No matter. Charlie Hunnam had been sent the script, but several months passed before he had an opportunity to read it. The opening night was on the 5th June 1980. The film clocks in at a merciful—and very entertaining—two hours. 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. J. Jim Broadbent. There he witnesses the cruel treatment of boys at the hands of despotic headmaster Wackford Squeers and his wife. Interiors were filmed in Elstree Studios in Borehamwood and Three Mills Studios in the East End of London. McGrath's approach is old-fashioned but appealing, using a novelistic style that relies on voiceover to get through much of the initial exposition. Nineteen-year-old Nicholas, his mother, and his younger sister, Kate, venture to London to seek help from their wealthy, cold-hearted uncle Ralph, an investor who arranges for Nicholas to be hired as a tutor at Dotheboys Hall in Yorkshire and finds Kate work as a seamstress. The villainous Ralph; the ridiculous, Panto Dame-like Mrs. Nickleby; the cheery, comic contribution of the Cheeryble Brothers – all seemed to offer the ideal opportunity to write such an adaptation. Product Code: N27000 . Full-length Play; Drama | Melodrama ; Cast size: 15m., 15w. Nicholas Nickleby is a 2002 British-American period comedy-drama film written and directed by Douglas McGrath. New Brunswick, New Jersey - Government - Politics... received 83.3% of the vote here (10,717 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 14.8% (1,899 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (140 votes), among the 12,873 ballots. What ensues is a series of adventures in which the upstanding Nicholas manages to survive the schemes of his evil uncle, including an attempt to return Smike to Squeers by kidnapping him and an effort to abort Nicholas' growing relationship with Madeline by promising her father he will excuse his debts if the girl weds Hawk. | In coming to the defence of one boy, Smike, Nicholas assaults Squeers. This would be to help raise funds for Turvey Pre-school Playgroup, which has until the end of 2018 to raise £90k in order to buy the freehold of the building they use.Lots still needs to be organised to make this production happen, but watch this space! He met with McGrath, and based on a couple of hours of conversation with the actor, the director felt he finally had found the right man for the part. . Nicholas Nickleby and his family enjoy a comfortable life, until Nicholas's father dies and the family is left penniless. Nicholas is reunited with his family, who welcome Smike as one of their own, and finds clerical employment with the kindly Cheeryble brothers, who offer him more than double his previous salary. Movie Review. Release Dates But in the new movie, writer-director Douglas McGrath manages to tell it all in 132 minutes, without the story ever seeming rushed or curtailed. While thus employed, Nicholas makes the acquaintance of Madeline Bray, an artist who financially supports both herself and her tyrannical father, as her father gambled away his fortune and that of his late wife. "[4], Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "The movie is jolly and exciting and brimming with life, and wonderfully well-acted. His script captures the scope, humor and compassion of Dickens' novel and drives the picaresque story along at a lively clip. There may be a community production of Nicholas Nickleby the Musical in the Autumn of 2018 in Turvey, Bedfordshire. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Original, Play, Broadway) opened in New York City Oct 4, 1981 and played through Jan 3, 1982. Vincent Crummles. Nicholas Nickleby. We discussed their interpretation and experiences with this new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel. Nicholas discovers his sister has been subjected to humiliating sexual harassment from the lecherous Sir Mulberry Hawk, a client of their uncle, who has encouraged the man to seduce his niece in the hope that she will succumb and thus cement Hawk's business relationship with him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Nickleby_(2002_film) Kate marries the Cheeryble brothers' nephew Frank, while Nicholas marries Madeline and settles with her in Devon at his father's house and grounds, where Smike is buried. Nicholas Nickleby – a play adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel Cast of 30. As they journey to London, they stumble upon a theatrical troupe owned and operated by Mr and Mrs Crummles. Official Sites Newman Noggs and Kate Nickleby, illustration by Fred Barnard Newman cast a despairing glance at his small store of fuel, but, not having the courage to say no–a word which in all his life he never had said at the right time, either to himself or anyone else–gave way to the proposed arrangement. The novel by Charles Dickens spans 800 pages. Directed by: Douglas McGrath. Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available The screenplay is based on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, which originally was published in serial form between March 1838 and September 1839. Company Credits Filming & Production | They cast them in a production of Romeo and Juliet, but despite a successful first night and the couple's invitation to stay, Nicholas is determined to continue their journey to London after hearing that Kate is in trouble. The sacrifices of condensing Dickens' massive novel to standard feature length are discernible, especially in the title character's discovery of love. A prologue introduces the Nicklebys, country gentry who enjoy a comfortable life in the Devon countryside until the father dies and leaves his family with no source of income. Part 1 was 4 hours in length with one interval of 15 minutes. Jamie Bell's audition for the role of Smike in a London hotel room left McGrath and the producers in tears, and they cast him on the spot. Nicholas confronts Sir Mulberry and his uncle, renouncing the latter. Having seen him in other roles with very diverse characters, this young man will be around the acting game as long as he wants. Nicholas Nickleby, the handsome, warm-hearted, enterprising son of a widow whose husband’s death left her and her two children impoverished as the result of unwise speculations. Nicholas' determination to defend his sister's honour leads his uncle to vow he will destroy the young man. At the request of production designer Eve Stewart, he advanced the time frame from the 1830s to the 1850s so she could incorporate elements of the Industrial Revolution into her design plans. From one of Charles Dickens' most beloved novels comes some of his most unforgettable characters, vibrantly brought to life by a star-studded, award winning cast. In Nicholas Nickleby, young Nicholas and his family have enjoyed a comfortable life - but then again, this is Dickens. C. Charlie Hunnam. Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of Nicholas Nickleby with exclusive news, pictures, videos and more at TVGuide.com Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Interview with the cast of “Nicholas Nickleby” (2002) by Chris Monroe ... S everal of the key players from the film “Nicholas Nickleby” joined me in New York for interviews near its December 2002 release. The positive audience reaction to a stage reading of the screenplay in a theater in lower Manhattan, which included a number of actors who eventually were cast in the film, convinced McGrath to proceed with the movie. After his father dies, Nicholas is left to take care of his mother and sister. Dramatized by Tim Kelly. No, what Mr. McGrath has done with admirable modesty is better than that. Nicholas Nickleby. Ralph's designs on Madeline are thwarted when her father dies unexpectedly. "[8], The film grossed $1,587,173 in the U.S. and $2,064,289 in foreign markets for a total worldwide box office of $3,651,462.[2]. The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Duration around an hour (15 scenes) – this does not include playlist (optional but great! Soon after, a sinister secret Ralph has harbored for years surfaces, and it is revealed Smike was Ralph's son, whom he had thought dead. Nicholas Nickleby . I think these ‘musical introductions to each scene’ work really well – especially given current constraints on singing). Starring: Nathan Lane, Anne Hathaway, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Plummer, Charlie Hunnam. (flexible with doubling.) This CliffsNotes of a film, though lively fun, only hints at that. | Locations used in the film included the abandoned 19th century Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags; Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire; Churchill College at the University of Cambridge; and Wilton's Music Hall, the Old Vic, and the Reform Club in London. It received the National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, and Romola Garai was nominated for the Jameson People's Choice Award for Best European Actress at the European Film Awards. Rather than trying to update, transform or otherwise interpret Nickleby, he has decided to share his enthusiasm for it ... [He] has adapted [Dickens' dialogue] with a scholar's ear and a showman's flair ... [and] produced a colorful, affecting collage of Dickensian moods and motifs, a movie that elicits an overwhelming desire to plunge into 900 pages of 19th-century prose. Charlie Hunnam shows great skills portraying Nicholas Nickleby. Realizing that his son had died the best friend of his most hated enemy, Ralph hangs himself. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 78% out of 126 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.8/10 and the critical consensus being: "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. Nicholas was one of the last roles to be cast. Writer-director Douglas McGrath (Emma) brings us a cleverly pared-down but potent version of Charles Dickens’ massive and often darkly humorous study of Victorian corruption, Nicholas Nickleby (2002). Charlie Hunnam stars in the titular role alongside Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Bell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Cumming, and Timothy Spall. Spring 2014 “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” is a play that strikes fear into the hearts of performers. The producers, however, agreed Humphries was an ideal choice. When Nicholas Nickleby was nineteen years old, his father died, bankrupt. In Nicholas Nickleby, young Nicholas and his family have enjoyed a comfortable life - but then again, this is Dickens. He eventually rebels and escapes, taking with him the crippled young servant boy Smike. Cast. Cast Jamie Bell Smike Jim Broadbent Wackford Squeers Tom Courtenay Newman Noggs Alan Cumming Mr. Folair Edward Fox Sir Mulberry Hawk Romola Garai Kate Nickleby Anne Hathaway Madeline Bray Dame Edna Everage Mrs. Crummles Charlie Hunnam Nicholas Nickleby Nathan Lane Vincent Crummles Christopher Plummer Uncle Ralph Nickleby Timothy Spall Charles Cheeryble The film received positive reviews from critics. But while it's told in conventional fashion, the heart of this tale of a young man's quest to rescue his family from villainy and misfortune is lovingly rendered by a mostly superlative cast and with an entertaining balance of humor and pathos . "[7], In Variety, David Rooney described the film as "a delightful experience. Boy Nicholas Nickleby Poppy Rogers ... Child Kate Nickleby Jessie Lou Roberts ... Young Kate Nickleby Charlie Hunnam ... Nicholas Nickleby: Romola Garai ... Kate Nickleby: Tom Courtenay ... Newman … A short time after their bereavement, Nicholas, his sister Kate, and their mother set out for London. Nicholas Nickleby, the third novel by Charles Dickens, follows the life of Nicholas Nickleby. I'll take the hint. While considering Mrs. Crummles, a smug, opinionated, but lovable dowager, McGrath realized all her traits and characteristics were embodied by Dame Edna Everage, alter ego of actor Barry Humphries, but was hesitant to suggest casting a male in the role. Ironically, the British Hunnam had to work with a dialect coach; having lived and worked in the US for the past several years, he had perfected an American accent in order to ensure regular employment. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, "FILM Review; The Pure at Heart at a Hardhearted Boarding School", "The Dickens, you say/ 'Nickleby' film is faithful to classic novel's emotional scope", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nicholas_Nickleby_(2002_film)&oldid=981592076, American coming-of-age comedy-drama films, Films with screenplays by Douglas McGrath, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 October 2020, at 08:25. Peg Sliderskew is Gride’s aged housekeeper. Nicholas Nickleby Panto This is an adaptation of the Nicholas Nickleby Play – converting the original script that I wrote into one that could be used at Christmas, as a pantomime. Cast Jill Balcon Madeleine Bray Derek Bond Nicholas Nickleby Cedric Hardwicke Ralph Nickleby Fay Compton Mme. Unfortunately, Smike falls ill and soon dies. Amazon.com: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby: Alun Armstrong, Suzanne Bertish, Janet Dale, Jane Downs, Cathryn Harrison, Lila Kaye, John McEnery, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Roger Rees, Emily Richard, David Threlfall, Tony Imi, Terry Bennell: Movies & TV. Nicholas is horrified to discover his employers, the sadistic Mr and Mrs Squeers, run their boarding school like a prison and physically, verbally, and emotionally abuse their young charges on a regular basis. "[5], In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle observed, "It took Dickens 65 chapters, and it took the famous stage production eight hours to tell the story of Nicholas Nickleby. Part 2 was 4½ hours in length with two intervals of 12 minutes. "[6], Peter Travers of Rolling Stone awarded the film three out of a possible four stars and commented, "Christopher Plummer steals the show without resorting to camp as Nicholas' wounded and wounding Uncle Ralph. N. Nathan Lane. 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