Saturday, July 10, 2010

Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby
by Charles Dickens [DVD Dickens]

While the 1982 Royal Shakespeare Company version (released on video by A&E Home Video in 1994) remains the gold standard in dramatizations of _Nicholas Nickleby_, its 9-hour running time may be a bit daunting to some viewers. This 1977 production, weighing in at "only" about 5 1/2 hours, has much to recommend it. The basic story line comes through intact, though the threads that connect some of the subplots to the main plot are lost. While the cast is not quite as engaging as the later version's, Nigel Havers makes a splendid Nicholas, and most of the other major roles are at least competently played. -- recommended by Peter J. - Virtual Services Department

[Also available in a variety of other formats.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this production ]

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