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London Film Festival 2014
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Charlie Hunnam
Christopher Plummer
Jim Broadbent
Jamie Bell
Directors
Douglas McGrath
Screenwriters
Douglas McGrath
Running Time
130 minutes

Nicholas Nickleby
One of Charles Dickens' best-loved novels gets the big screen treatment here with an all-star cast.


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Plot
Following his father's death, Nicholas Nickleby tries to provide for his family by working at a school for orphans, where he befriends young mistreated boy Smike. The pair run away and set off on an adventure to reunite Nickleby's family and find a new home...


Verdict
A fun British period drama (which makes a welcome change) on a grand scale, as a Dickens adaptation this is nowhere near as bad as the Gwyneth Paltrow/Ethan Hawke clunker Great Expectations. That said, it's not as good as David Lean's Oliver Twist.


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