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 . . Nicholas Nickleby. Instead, the impression is one of abundance: It's a generous tale, told through big performances by a talented cast. Nicholas Nickleby, the third novel by Charles Dickens, follows the life of Nicholas Nickleby. 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. His script captures the scope, humor and compassion of Dickens' novel and drives the picaresque story along at a lively clip. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Nickleby_(2002_film) "[4], Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "The movie is jolly and exciting and brimming with life, and wonderfully well-acted. Vincent Crummles. The producers, however, agreed Humphries was an ideal choice. Cast. 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. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Original, Play, Broadway) opened in New York City Oct 4, 1981 and played through Jan 3, 1982. "[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. 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. 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. Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of Nicholas Nickleby with exclusive news, pictures, videos and more at TVGuide.com No, what Mr. McGrath has done with admirable modesty is better than that. I'll take the hint. 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 … Interiors were filmed in Elstree Studios in Borehamwood and Three Mills Studios in the East End of London. (flexible with doubling.) It's a great performance and a reminder of Dickens' grandeur. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Part 2 was 4½ hours in length with two intervals of 12 minutes. 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. I think these ‘musical introductions to each scene’ work really well – especially given current constraints on singing). | 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 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. McGrath's approach is old-fashioned but appealing, using a novelistic style that relies on voiceover to get through much of the initial exposition. C. Charlie Hunnam. 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' determination to defend his sister's honour leads his uncle to vow he will destroy the young man. 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. This CliffsNotes of a film, though lively fun, only hints at that. | Cast Jill Balcon Madeleine Bray Derek Bond Nicholas Nickleby Cedric Hardwicke Ralph Nickleby Fay Compton Mme. Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Costume designer Ruth Myers opted to dress two of the leading characters in clothing pre-dating the period in which the film is set in order to suggest Nicholas, as the newly anointed head of his family, wore clothing inherited from his father, and the impoverished Madeline's dresses were hand-me-downs from her mother. Ralph's designs on Madeline are thwarted when her father dies unexpectedly. 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. . 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. 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. 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 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 Company Credits "[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. 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. The film clocks in at a merciful—and very entertaining—two hours. A short time after their bereavement, Nicholas, his sister Kate, and their mother set out for London. Product Code: N27000 . Charlie Hunnam stars in the titular role alongside Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Bell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Cumming, and Timothy Spall. In coming to the defence of one boy, Smike, Nicholas assaults Squeers. Spring 2014 “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” is a play that strikes fear into the hearts of performers. 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. Nicholas Nickleby. Filming & Production 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). The film received positive reviews from critics. In Nicholas Nickleby, young Nicholas and his family have enjoyed a comfortable life - but then again, this is Dickens. Charlie Hunnam had been sent the script, but several months passed before he had an opportunity to read it. Nicholas Nickleby and his family enjoy a comfortable life, until Nicholas's father dies and the family is left penniless. Directed by: Douglas McGrath. Full-length Play; Drama | Melodrama ; Cast size: 15m., 15w. No matter. After his father dies, Nicholas is left to take care of his mother and sister. 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