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Little Dorrit (1987)

Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit ... See full summary »

Director:

Christine Edzard

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Christine Edzard
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Arthur Clennam
Joan Greenwood ... Mrs. Clennam
Max Wall ... Flintwinch
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Affery
Luke Duckett Luke Duckett ... Young Arthur
Alec Guinness ... William Dorrit
Cyril Cusack ... Frederick Dorrit
Sarah Pickering Sarah Pickering ... Little Dorrit
Amelda Brown Amelda Brown ... Fanny Dorrit
Daniel Chatto Daniel Chatto ... Tip Dorrit
Miriam Margolyes ... Flora Finching
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Mr. Casby
Roshan Seth ... Mr. Pancks
Mollie Maureen Mollie Maureen ... Mr. F.'s Aunt
Diana Malin Diana Malin ... Mr. Casby's Maid
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Storyline

Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit and of her father residing in the Marshalsea debtors' prison. Pursuing their cause Arthur comes across a successful business opportunity and also gains a number of new acquaintances, while his and Amy's paths continue to cross. A reversal of fortune lays him low, but to fully understand how, this story must now be seen through Little Dorrit's eyes. Written by J-26

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Dorrit's Story See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,025,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,025,228
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sands, Sands Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Bill Fraser (Mr. Casby). See more »

Goofs

Arthur and Minnie are in the garden on an apparently warm day. Yet, you can see visible breath vapor as they talk. See more »

Quotes

William Dorrit: Welcome to the Marshalsea, Sir. I have welcomed many gentlemen to these walls, please sit down Mr. Clennam. My daughter Amy may have mentioned that I am the father of this place. You'' excuse the primitive customs to which we are reduced here.
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A neglected gem
13 December 2004 | by spoffobizSee all my reviews

Little Dorrit is thought by many critics to be Dickens most important book, a blistering attack on the evils of the Victorian world in which he lived. Quite a bit of it came from real life. Dickens' father had spent some time in the Marshalsea debtors prison, and several of the corrupt landlords and incompetent officials of the book were based on prominent real people. The establishment was NOT amused, and neglected it so aggressively that it has always been much less well-known than most of his work.

This film has also dwelt in the shadows. As a pair of 3-hour films that are best viewed in a single day (with a break), nobody could figure how to handle it commercially. Also, it only exists today as a long-out-of-print VHS tape and 4-disc laser set. Maybe someday the Critereon Collection will issue a DVD, but I'm not holding my breath.

Nonetheless, it was one of Alec Guinness's very best performances, and, if you love - or even just like - Dickens, the whole 6 hour total-immersion experience is magical.

Roger Ebert's review from 1988, which is online several places, really captures how special "Little Dorrit" is.


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