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The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)

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.

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), John Goldsmith
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alan Barry Alan Barry ... Groves
Adam Blackwood Adam Blackwood ... Dick Swiveller
Tom Courtenay ... Daniel Quilp
Brian de Salvo Brian de Salvo ... Debtor Gentleman
Christopher Ettridge Christopher Ettridge ... Sampson Brass
James Fox ... Single Gentleman
Ricci Harnett ... Tom
Gloria Hunniford Gloria Hunniford ... Flower Seller
Doreen Keogh ... Mrs. George
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... Stout Gentleman
William Mannering William Mannering ... Kit Nubbles
Jean Marlow Jean Marlow ... Mrs. Jintwin
Hamish McColl Hamish McColl ... List
Brian McGrath Brian McGrath ... Schoolmaster
Julia McKenzie ... Mrs. Jarley
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Storyline

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 Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Velha Loja de Curiosidades See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Excellent adaptation
13 November 1999 | by Barney-39See all my reviews

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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