Little Dorrit (1987 film)
Little Dorrit is a 1987 film adaptation of the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. It was written and directed by Christine Edzard, and produced by John Brabourne and Richard B. Goodwin. The music, by Giuseppe Verdi, was arranged by Michael Sanvoisin.
Little Dorrit VHS cover
|Directed by||Christine Edzard|
|Produced by||John Brabourne|
Richard B. Goodwin
|Screenplay by||Christine Edzard|
|Based on||Little Dorrit|
by Charles Dickens
|Cinematography||Bruno de Keyzer|
|Edited by||Fraser Maclean|
|Distributed by||Curzon Artificial Eye (UK)|
The film stars Derek Jacobi as Arthur Clennam and Sarah Pickering in the title role. A huge cast of seasoned British and Irish stage and film actors was assembled to play the dozens of roles, among them are Alec Guinness, Simon Dormandy, Joan Greenwood, Roshan Seth, Miriam Margolyes, Cyril Cusack and Max Wall. Pickering, in contrast, had never previously acted on screen; she was cast after writing to the production team claiming to 'be' Little Dorrit. It remains her only screen acting role.
Little Dorrit lasts nearly six hours and was released in two parts, of approximately three hours each. The first part was subtitled Nobody's Fault, an allusion to one of Dickens' proposed titles for the original novel, and the story developed from the perspective and experiences of the Arthur Clennam character. The second film, entitled Little Dorrit's Story, took many of the same events and presented them through the eyes of the heroine. Together they represented overlapping chronicles.
The film was nominated for two Oscars: Actor in a Supporting Role (Alec Guinness) and Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) (Christine Edzard).
The Region Two DVD was released in the UK on 27 October 2008.
- Derek Jacobi as Arthur Clennam
- Sarah Pickering as Little Dorrit
- Alec Guinness as William Dorrit
- Joan Greenwood as Mrs. Clennam
- Max Wall as Jeremiah Flintwinch
- Patricia Hayes as Affery Flintwinch
- Cyril Cusack as Frederick Dorrit
- Amelda Brown as Fanny Dorrit
- Daniel Chatto as Tip Dorrit
- Miriam Margolyes as Flora Finching
- Robert Morley as Lord Decimus Barnacle
- Bill Fraser as Mr. Casby
- Roshan Seth as Mr. Pancks
- John McEnery as Captain Hopkins
- Mollie Maureen as Mr. F.'s Aunt
- Diana Malin as Mr. Casby's Maid
- Pauline Quirke as Maggy
- Luke Duckett as Young Arthur
- The film also starred, in minor roles: Michael Elphick, Eleanor Bron, Heathcote Williams, John Savident, Betty Marsden, Liz Smith, Brian Pettifer, Kathy Staff, Ian Hogg, Tony Jay, Julia Lang, Christopher Hancock, Malcolm Tierney, John Warner, Harold Innocent, Edward Burnham, Gerald Campion, Nadia Chambers and David Thewlis.
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- Little Dorrit film trailer
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