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Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders
Movie: Moll Flanders(1997)[tt0117071] 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.
Title Moll Flanders
Release Date 23 May 1997 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Drama, Romance
Production Companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Spelling Films, Trilogy Entertainment Group
Robin Wright
Robin Wright...
Moll Flanders...
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman...
Hibble...
Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing...
Mrs. Allworthy...
John Lynch
John Lynch...
Artist...
Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker...
Mrs. Mazzawatti...
Geraldine James
Geraldine James...
Edna...
Jeremy Brett
Jeremy Brett...
Artist's Father...
Britta Smith
Britta Smith...
Artist's Mother...
Maria Doyle Kennedy
Maria Doyle Kennedy...
Alice...
Ger Ryan
Ger Ryan...
Orphanage Woman...
Harry Towb
Harry Towb...
Magistrate...

Reviews

philgphilg on 27 June 2001
Dafoe's 1722 book, from which this movie is supposedly based, is one of the most important works of the 18th century. It explores the then-new possibility of reinventing oneself in the city. By contrast, people in pre-urban times were constrained by circumstance and family -- everyone in your village knew you so you couldn't make up a new persona.In the movie, a sentimental Moll wades through a heap of anachronisms. She remains more or less a prisoner of her past and conventional morality at all times. The movie claims that only the character and not the plot is based on Dafoe's book but it is tough to recognize any aspect of Dafoe's Moll here. Which I guess brings us back to considering the movie on its own terms. Imagine Titanic without the special effects (i.e., maybe a good movie for a 14-year-old girl).

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