When young Nell Trent's (Sally Walsh's) grandfather (Sir Peter Ustinov) loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp (Sir Tom Courtenay) with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.
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1839. The young Nell Trent (Sally Walsh) is leading a happy life with her grandfather (Sir Peter Ustinov) in his curiosity shop. Wharf owner Daniel Quilp (Sir Tom Courtenay) has given large amounts of money to Nell's grandfather as an investment, expecting a large profit. But when Quilp finds out the old man has lost all of the money playing cards, he is determined to get the man in a madhouse as revenge. Nell and her grandfather are forced to leave their house and to start travelling cross country. But Quilp isn't sitting still, his spies are everywhere. Meanwhile, a stranger is also looking for Nell's grandfather.Written by
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I rented this video mistakenly believing that it was a Masterpiece Theater offering. Initially, I was disappointed to see in the credits that it came from the Disney Channel. But only 15 minutes into the story, I realized that this was an excellent adaptation of Dicken's story. The period atmosphere was excellent, as were the costumes and sets. The acting was first-rate, particularly that of Tom Courtney as Quilp and Sally Walsh as Little Nell. Both of these parts could have been played too broadly by less accomplished actors. Sally Walsh's role could have easily become cloying, but she played it with radiant innocence. The villain, Quilp, might well have turned into a scenery-chewing, comic overstatement played by anyone but Courtney. I highly recommend this mini-series to anyone who enjoys film adaptations of 19th century British novels.
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