Nicholas Nickleby (2001)

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Director: Stephen Whittaker

Writer: Charles Dickens (novel), Martyn Hesford (screenplay)

Cast: James D'Arcy, Sophia Myles, Charles Dance, Diana Kent, Tom Hollander, Gregor Fisher, Lee Ingleby,

Synopsis: A vengeful uncle, a schoolmaster from hell, upper-class wastrels and twin benefactors. These are just some of the characters in Charles Dickens' brutal and passionate tale of greed and love in Victorian England. Charles Dance stars as Ralph Nickleby, the wealthy and cold-hearted uncle whom Nicholas (James D'Arcy) and his sister, Kate (Sophia Myles), turn to when their father's death leaves them destitute.

Nicholas eagerly takes on a teaching job at the boys' boarding school, but flees after rebelling against the unspeakable horrors there. Meanwhile, his sister 's beauty attracts menacing attention from a group of rich, boorish swells. With powerful enemies marshalled against him, Nicholas struggles to find his way in the world and rescue his family.

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