Nicholas Nickleby

2 h 12 min2002X-RayPG
After Nicholas' father dies and leaves the family penniless, the Nickleby family moves to London to stay with their Uncle Ralph. Ralph turns abusive and separates the family, which includes sending Nicholas to the cruel and wicked Wackford Squeers. At this horrible escape from the school and set off to reunite the Nickleby family.
Douglas McGarth
Charlie HunnamChristopher PlummerAnne Hathaway
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Romola GaraiJim BroadbentHenry McGrathHugh MitchellPoppy RogersJessie Lou Roberts
Jeffrey SharpJohn N. HartSimon Channing Williams
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Kelly AnderssonReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Six stars. Watch this.
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A fine, fine piece of work. When I first read the description I thought I'd not enjoy this. WRONG. It was the hundreds of near-perfect amazon reviews that persuaded me ... do let those sway you also.

A timeless storyline, weaving together the joys and tragedies of life and family, the foul connections that family bonds can bring, and the joy of choosing one's family members over tolerating those we find intolerable. One of the finest movie endings I've seen in 50 years.

A hearty high-fives to Douglas McGrath for this masterpiece. I should not have thought a Dickens novel could be brought to such vibrant life on the screen. Tom Courtenay is referred to as an "acting chameleon" on IMDB and that is just spot on -- his portrayal in Nicholas Nickleby as Mr. Noggs is five-star; you can't quite figure out at first whether to hate him or love him or feel sorry for him. This, however, comes clear toward the latter part of the movie. Christopher Plummer, though, as Ralph Nickleby, well, that's easy. You hate him instantly and it just grows in intensity throughout the story. Every one of the rest of the cast merits accolades, not least Mr. and Mrs. Squeers and the fantastic acting company. I wish I could give them 6 stars.
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RascalCateReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Enjoyable Presentation Of A Great Book
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A delightful adaptation of the story of Nicholas Nickleby. Christopher Plummer is outstanding in his role as the elder Nicholas, a villain whose treachery is devious and frightening. The movie features bucholic views of the English countryside, contrasting starkly with the dark despondency of the boys' school, Dotheboys Hall, in Yorkshire. Be aware that this is a true example of the schools unwanted children were forced to attend during that period in England. The plot is tight, with the usual Dickensian twists. Expect humor with the usual tear jerkers Dickens always delivers in his art.

I have been a consumate devotee of Charles Dickens since I first read David Copperfield when I was eight years of age and someone gave me an old dog eared used book. I subsequently devoured every book he wrote, and have returned to read each of them over and over again as an adult. Charles Dickens is a master storyteller and his characters and their development have no equal in Classic Literature. He has remained my favorite author and his works are timeless and enduring.
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nycReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Charlie Hunnam Who Plays Nicholas Nickleby Looks Just Like Heath Ledger; Story About Kindness, Hardship and Family
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A very nice movie about kindness, hardship, and family. A well to do family lost it all due to poor investments, and the father dies and leaves behind a son, a daughter and wife with nothing. They turn to their wealthy uncle for help only to find that the uncle is evil in every way and wants nothing but to wish them harm and watch them suffer. The son, Nicholas Nickleby, with little work experience does what ever work his uncle offers only to find himself sent away watching young people getting beaten and mistreated. He manages to save one young man and returns home to save his sister and mother from abuse. In his journey, he meets many people who are kind and offers him work, so that he can care for his family. His uncle, envy of people siding with Nicholas, does everything to destroy Nicholas. It's nice to see how being a good person can pay off in the end.

Charlie Hunnam who plays Nicholas nickleby looks so much like Heath Ledger that one cannot help but to think Heath Ledger is re-born or to think they are twin brothers of different times. I look forward to more movies from Charlie Hunnam and may his career follows the success of Heath Ledger's career. If I didn't look up the actor's name, I would have thought it was Heath Ledger (actor from Brokeback Mountain) in this movie. So nice to see another great actor who looks like Heath Ledger.
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Dachshund DigitalReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoy a happy ending now and then? Something that raises the spirit? Without over the top action or special effects?
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For whatever reason, I had not had the opportunity to watch this film until now. To my unexpected surprise, this was a wonderful film. Oh, I am sure some may find fault with it in whole or part, for whatever reason, I might only guess. But for those that enjoy a happy ending now and then, something that raises the spirit, and that qualifies a hero, without over the top action, extensive special effects, etc. In short a story of character, with wonderful supporting characters, this is a film, no... a story... for you. Charles Dickens never seems to disappoint, and this film, IMHO, does not as well.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie, great entertainment!
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I first saw Charlie Hunnam on "Sons of Anarchy" and have to admit I was repulsed by the character he played. Due to his infidelity and willingness to commit murder as a character, I didn't find him attractive in any way. I have always been more interested in the internal rather than external of a person. Of course, I knew it was it was just acting; a character he played. Then I saw him on Nicholas Nickleby and was enchanted with his character. I guess it shows that he is a convincing actor to be able to play such diverse roles. I loved this movie as I have read and loved all of Charles Dicken's books. Great job on all the actors parts, as well as those behind the scene and the director.
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Sparkly PineconeReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended
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I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. This is one of the more suspenseful, twisty Dickens stories, in my opinion, so it translates well to cinema. The sets were really well done and imaginative. The excellent script allows the humor to emerge, versus dwelling on Dickens' more overwrought themes, and that keeps the film moving along at a lively pace. The cast is replete with fantastic actors. I mean fantastic - Jim Broadbent, Jamie Bell, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane,Timothy Spall, and especially Juliet Stevenson and Christopher roles small and large, these folks bring the film alive. Sadly the two romantic leads are a bit more on the wooden side of things (I am looking at you, Charlie Hunnam and Anne Hathaway), thus 4 stars. The angry dialogue scene between Hunnam and Plummer was just...cringeworthy for half the screen. However, that's my only nitpick, and I think any audience would like this film.
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SOLEILReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
It's okay!
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This version of Nicholas Nickleby I did not like at all. I prefer the older version I saw some months back. It was the first time I saw this movie when I watched the older version. This newer version to me was boring. I did not find this movie interesting at all. I had to fast forward and skip through the end.
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MaryReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
a bit of a downer
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I know it's a classic. I know it's Dickens, but it's sort of depressing. Yes there are moments of good winning over evil and I'm so glad. A total tragedy would just leave you so melancholy but this had a happy ending (mostly). It had it's ups and downs but dealing with death, poverty, cruelty, financial ruin, injustice....not your 'feel good' movie. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this genre today. Regardless, the casting and acting are good. The costumes and scenery of a period piece are very good as well. Had a big surprise which I always love in a move...another pro. I think one of my favorite things was listening to the beautiful dialog and the profound insights expressed within them. Very poetic. Sort of made you want to get a pen and paper and record the observations.
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