Nicholas Nickleby Poster

Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 2003

PG|2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary
After the death of the family patriarch, young Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) and his family are left with no means to survive. The family is forced to split up, and Nicholas lands in a school run by brutish principal Wackford Squeers (Jim Broadbent). Eventually, Nicholas makes a friend named Smike (Jamie Bell), and the two boys break free. Nicholas reunites with his family, but learns he must now defend his sister from the advances of menacing suitor Sir Mulberry Hawk (Edward Fox).

Cast: Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, Romola Garai, Anne Hathaway, Barry Humphries

Director: Douglas McGrath

Genres: Drama

Production Co: United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: School, Love, Mother, Friend, London, Sister, Underdog, England, Growing up, Endearing

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A rambunctious joy. show more

  • Christopher Plummer steals the show without resorting to camp as Nicholas' wounded and wounding Uncle Ralph. It's a great performance and a reminder of Dickens' grandeur. This Cliff's Notes of a film, though lively fun, only hints at that. show more

  • The actors assembled for Nicholas Nickleby are not only well cast, but well typecast. Each one by physical appearance alone replaces a page or more of Dickens' descriptions, allowing McGrath to move smoothly and swiftly through the story without laborious introductions. show more

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical