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The Old Curiosity Shop (2007)

A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

Director:

Brian Percival

Writers:

Martyn Hesford (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Grandfather
Toby Jones ... Daniel Quilp
Sophie Vavasseur ... Nell Trent
Gina McKee ... Sally Brass
Adam Godley ... Samson Brass
Anna Madeley ... Betsy Quilp
Adrian Rawlins ... Jacob
Geoffrey Breton ... Dick Swiveller (as Geoff Breton)
Bryan Dick ... Freddie Trent
Zoë Wanamaker ... Mrs. Jarley
Martin Freeman ... Mr. Codlin
Steve Pemberton ... Mr. Short
George MacKay ... Kit
Josie Lawrence ... Mrs. Jiniwin
Bradley Walsh ... Mr. Liggers
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Storyline

Nell Trent lives with her grandfather, the proprietor of the Old Curiosity Shop. Grandfather has a disquieting secret, a gambling addiction fed by high-interest loans from the bully Daniel Quilp. The villainous Quilp wants to get possession of the shop, and Nell. In league with his lawyer Samson Brass and Samson's sister Sally, Quilp seizes Grandfather's assets. But Nell organizes an escape from the shop in the dead of night, and she and Grandfather begin a harrowing odyssey through the English countryside with their nemesis in hot pursuit. Convinced that there is a family fortune to be gained, Nell's brother Fred and his friend Dick Swiveller join in the chase. Meanwhile, Nell and Grandfather encounter a slew of eccentric characters, including Mrs. Jarley, who runs a lurid traveling waxworks where Nell and Grandfather earn a meager wage for a brief time. Nell and her grandfather are eventually forced to beg for survival. Will Nell's young friend Kit Nubbles and a mysterious stranger ...

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Крамниця старожитностей See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Fantastic adaptation of a Dickens' classic -Toby Jones is superb !
27 December 2007 | by AJP1968See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to catch this on ITV last night, and I must say it was one of the finest dramas I have seen on television in a very long time, certainly the best this year ! I don't normally watch much Dickens and have read only Great Expectations, so thought it might be hard-going ! However, how wrong could I be ! Toby Jones was absolutely brilliant as Daniel Quilp and, in my opinion, stole every scene he appeared in. His accent and mannerisms all gave his character so much depth you forgot you were watching the same actor who recently played Truman Capote with so much depth in the belatedly released Infamous. This excellent production only reinforces what an incredibly versatile and talented actor Toby is, and I sincerely hope that his powerful and convincing performance here will help him gain the worldwide recognition he truly deserves.


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