Date created: April 2010
Release date 2002
Duration 132 min
Producer(s) Simon Channing Williams, Gail Egan, John Hart...more
Director(s) Douglas McGrath...more
Writer(s) Charles Dickens, Douglas McGrath...more
Cast Stella Gonet, Andrew Havill, Henry McGrath...more
[on the Squeers treating Smike badly because he is friends with Nicholas] You will do better when I am gone.
[alarmed] Gone? When are you going?
I would go tomorrow if I could.
Tell me, is the world as bad as this place?
[smiles] Oh no.
Should I ever meet you there?
Well, yes I'm sure at...
No, no tell me. Tell me that I should be sure to find you.
[affirmatively] You would and I would help you and aid you. I would not bring fresh sorrow on you as they have done here.
[from Fanny's letter] Dear Mr. Knuckleboy, sir, my pa requests me to write to you. The doctor's considering it doubtful whether he will ever recover the use of his legs, which prevents his holding a pen.
[of the kidnapped Smike] He's in the schoolmaster's room, next to Tilda's and my room.
What is the way in?
You must go through the inn, but the schoolmaster is sitting in the front room just by the stairs.
Oh dear. It's impossible.
I could distract the schoolmaster, you could slip past and go to my room, there is a door adjoining the schoolmaster's, go through it, get the lad. I'll watch the stairs and again try to disrtact him when you come out.
If I could offer an opinion in regards to this scheme? It seems, uh, foolhardy, riddled with danger, and doomed to failure. Otherwise I can find no fault with it. It is for Smike.
[Nicholas' father, Ralph's brother, died] Mine was no common loss.
I was no uncommon loss. Husbands die every day. And wives.
Yes, and puppies, too.
Nicholas, I feel you know what it's like to be without happiness... but do you know what it's like to be afraid of it? To see the world as so conniving, you cannot take pleasure in the appareance of something good... because you suspect... it is only a painted drop behind which other troubles lie. That has been my life. Every good thing has been a trick. Until you.
Wait. I say Wait. I've come from the schoolhouse. Mr Squeers says he was attacked. Beaten, and nearly sensless. When he said it was thee who did it, I knew thee must nor be allowed to leave...
We will not be stopped.
...without my shaking your hand and saying to thee, "Job well done". Give us thee hand, will you?