United Artists at 90 Short Film Competition

Nicholas Nickleby

Directed by Douglas McGrath

Nicholas Nickelby (2002) After the death of his financially replete father, Nicholas Nickleby and his family travel to London to seek assistance from his father's older brother Ralph. Taking an immediate dislike to his nephew, Ralph employs Nicholas under the sadistic Mr. Squeers and his interminable wife, owners of a boys' school in northern England. In the meantime, Ralph seeks to use Nicholas' beautiful sister Kate as a ploy to influence his investors. Discourse forces Nicholas to flee the school with the crippled Smike, an orphan with no memories of his former life before he was brought to Dotheboys' Hall. On their journey back to London they meet up with Vincent Crummles and his acting troupe, befriend Ralph's good-hearted secretary Newman Noggs, and ultimately rise over adversity



Director

Douglas McGrath



Writers

Charles Dickens (novel)

Douglas McGrath (screenplay)



Cast

Stella Gonet... Mrs. Nickleby

Andrew Havill... Mr. Nickleby

Henry McGrath... Child Nicholas Nickleby

Hugh Mitchell... Boy Nicholas Nickleby

Poppy Rogers... Child Kate Nickleby

Jessie Lou Roberts... Young Kate Nickleby

Charlie Hunnam... Nicholas Nickleby

Romola Garai... Kate Nickleby

Tom Courtenay... Newman Noggs

Christopher Plummer... Ralph Nickleby

Anne Hathaway... Madeline Bray

Jim Broadbent... Mr. Wackford Squeers

Angela Curran... Parent

Jamie Bell... Smike

Juliet Stevenson... Mrs. Squeers

Bruce Cook... Little Wackford Squeers

Greg Sheffield... Bolder

Alexander Graham... Cobbey (as Alex Graham)

Jordan Calvert... First Boy

Joel Pitts... Second Boy

Billy Hill... Tomkins

Heather Goldenhersh... Fanny Squeers

Lucy Davis... Maid (as Lucy Davies)

Helen Coker... Tilda

Kevin McKidd... John Browdie

Edward Fox... Sir Mulberry Hawk

Nicholas Rowe... Lord Verisopht

Angus Wright... Mr. Pluck

Nathan Lane... Vincent Crummles

Barry Humphries... Mrs. Crummles / Mr. Leadville (also as Dame Edna Everage)

Alan Cumming... Mr. Folair

Eileen Walsh... The Infant Phenomenon

Alfred Harmsworth... Young Smike

Mark Wells... Romeo

Daisy Haggard... Juliet

Jacob Engelberg... Boy Messenger (as Jacob Engleberg)

Philip Davis... Brooker (as Phil Davis)

Sophie Thompson... Miss Lacreevy

Timothy Spall... Charles Cheeryble

Gerard Horan... Ned Cheeryble

Lisa Martin... Ribbon Girl

William Ash... Frank

David Bradley... Bray

Celia Henebury... Mrs. Bray

Edward Hogg... Young Mr. Bray

Roger AshtonGriffiths... Doctor

Diana Morrison... Bray's Maid

Amber Batty... Mrs. Ralph Nickleby

Mark Dexter... Young Ralph Nickleby

Mark Meadows... Lone Soldier





Trivia

  • Miranda Richardson was set to play Mrs Squeers, but she declined so she could concentrate on three much more demanding roles in Spider (2002).
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