Moll Flanders Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Moll Flanders the Movie

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Writer/director Densham takes only the title character and the 18th-century London setting from Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel in telling of spirited heroine Moll Flanders' (Wright) life. Orphaned Moll eventually finds herself working at the brothel of greedy, scheming Mrs. Allworthy (Channing). Her life as a prostitute leads her to drink and near suicide--despite the unwavering friendship of Hibble (Freeman), Allworthy's dignified servant--until she falls for an impoverished artist (Lynch) and briefly finds happiness. Wright's heartfelt performance holds everything together (with help from a talented supporting cast) but things get dreary.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Women, London, Oldest Profession, Books to Film: Daniel Defoe, Hard Knock Life, Adoption & Orphans, Art & Artists, Period Piece: 18th Century
Pen Densham
Robin Wright Penn, Morgan Freeman, Stockard Channing, John Lynch, Brenda Fricker, Aisling Corcoran, Geraldine James, Jim Sheridan, Jeremy Brett, Britta Smith, Ger Ryan
David Tattersall
Pen Densham
Mark Mancina
John Watson, Richard B. Lewis, Pen Densham, Morgan O'Sullivan, Spelling Films International, Trilogy Entertainment Group, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

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