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Moll Flanders (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 14 June 1996 (USA)
The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, ... See full summary »

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Pen Densham

Writers:

Daniel Defoe (character from novel), Pen Densham (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Wright ... Moll Flanders
Morgan Freeman ... Hibble
Stockard Channing ... Mrs. Allworthy
John Lynch ... Artist
Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. Mazzawatti
Geraldine James ... Edna
Aisling Corcoran Aisling Corcoran ... Flora
Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan ... The Priest
Jeremy Brett ... Artist's Father
Britta Smith Britta Smith ... Artist's Mother
Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy ... Polly
Emma McIvor Emma McIvor ... Mary
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Alice
Ger Ryan ... Orphanage Woman
Harry Towb ... Magistrate
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Storyline

The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, escaping to the dangerous streets of London. Further misfortunes drive her to accept a job as a prostitute from the conniving Mrs. Allworthy. It is there that Moll first meets Hibble, who is working as Allworthy's servant but takes a special interest in the young woman's well-being. With his help, she retains hope for the future, ultimately falling in love with an unconventional artist who promises the possibility of romantic happiness. Written by Anonymous

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The remarkable story of one woman's unbreakable spirit.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, nudity and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I istoria mias gynaikas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$955,606, 16 June 1996

Gross USA:

$3,486,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,486,957
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DTS | Dolby Digital | Stereo (QSound)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jeremy Brett's last film. See more »

Goofs

The motion of the ship below deck is unrealistic. At 0:32:00 and 1:50:00 the scene inside the cabin shows rocking along one axis only - side to side - when the ship was in a storm. Anyone with practical experience with boats and ships in the rough weather depicted would expect pitching fore and aft as well, and violent crashes from bashing into waves, creating a corkscrewing roll that contributes so much to seasickness. Also at 1:50:00 an exterior shot of the ship in the storm is accompanied by a command "reef the mizzen mast" but the sails are hanging limply; the heavy roar of the wind suggests they could not be in the eye of the storm. See more »

Quotes

Hibble: Circumstances have taught me that a man's ethics are the only possessions he will take beyond the grave.
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Connections

Version of Moll Flanders (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Noll's Jig
Traditional music arranged by Nico Brown
Performed by Nico Brown, Martin Brunsden and Robert Harris
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A sentimental, but enjoyable movie.
2 September 1999 | by FenFenSee all my reviews

When I watched "Moll Flanders", it was impossible not to cry... it's just one of those movies. A sweet and sad film, the title character was excellently played by Robin Wright. Some might find it overly emotional, but I found it very enjoyable in its tenderness.

My only displeasure with this movie is that it is not true to the story in Defoe's wonderful novel "Moll Flanders"; it is true to the novel only in the spirit of the character Moll Flanders. To say the movie was a loose interpretation is not adequate; it's much more of a new story using the old character of Moll Flanders.

Defoe's work has a different (and I find, more entertaining) style as well as a richer plot line. Mobil Masterpiece's presentation of "Moll Flanders" (with Alex Kingston in the title role) is much truer to the novel. I found it much more entertaining and much less sentimental. However, it doesn't have the gut-wrenching emotion of this "Moll Flanders". Each viewer will have to pick their own favorite.


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