Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence, Adam Smith, Dearbhla Walsh
Cast: Tom Courtenay

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Acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) crafts an all new Dickens adaptation starring Tom Courtenay, Matthew Macfadyen, and newcomer Claire Foy. This gripping new series brings to life Dickens's powerful story of struggle and hardship in 1820s London. When Arthur Clennam (Macfadyen) returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother's house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit (Foy). His quest to discover the truth about "Little Dorrit" takes him to the Marshalsea Debtors Prison, where he discovers that the dark shadows of debt stretch far and wide in a web of desperation and deceit. Filled with humorous yet tragic characters, Little Dorrit is a stirring rags to riches story, exposing the underbelly of nineteenth century British society as only Charles Dickens can.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
UPC: 0883929064946
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 7:32:00
Sales rank: 11,832

Special Features

Little Dorrit - An Insight; ; Picture Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Courtenay William Dorrit
Matthew MacFadyen Arthur Clennam
Claire Foy Amy Dorrit
Andy Serkis Rigaud
Emma Pierson Fanny Dorrit
Eddie Marsan Pancks
Amanda Redman Mrs. Merdle
Sebastian Armesto Edmund
Ron Cook Mr. Chivery
Russell Tovey John Chivery
Maxine Peake Miss Wade
Freema Agyeman Tattycorum
Judy Parfitt Mrs. Clennam
Anton Lesser Mr. Merdle
Alun Armstrong Jeremiah Flintwinch
Rosie Cavaliero Mrs. Plornish
Ruth Jones Actor
Sue Johnston Actor
Bill Paterson Actor
James Fleet Actor

Technical Credits
Diarmuid Lawrence Director
Adam Smith Director
Dearbhla Walsh Director
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Lisa Osborne Producer
Anne Pivcevic Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Episodes 1-4
Disc #2 -- Episodes 5-8
Disc #3 -- Episodes 9-12
Disc #4 -- Episodes 13-14

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Little Dorrit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
DCGuy More than 1 year ago
This is one of Dickens lesser known works and is given a wonderful screenplay by Andrew Davies who also did the Pride and Prejudice and Bleak House adaptations for BBC TV. The novel centers on two characters whose lives are changed when the father of one of them dies and triggers a search for answers from the past. Much of the storyline is taken from Dickens personal experiences as a young boy when his father was imprisoned in a debtors prison. The theme of imprisonment pervades the entire storyline and every character is affected by it in one shape or form (physical, psychological, and societal). Dickens satire on the Victorian society class snobbery, bureaucracy, and greed are displayed by the characters in this novel. The original novel was broken into two parts with Arthur Clennam being the primary focus in the first part and Amy Dorrit in the second part. This adaptation chose to focus on both characters right away instead of following the original novel time line. There are many great individual performances in this 7 1/2 hours saga. The two central characters remain unchanged despite financial, family, and social status pressures. This adaptation blends humor, sorrow, joy, and a mystery embedded in a love story that transcends time and place. It is a rare TV event to see such a wide ranging emotional and visually impressive presentation. Many of the questions that people look for answers like who we will live our lives with, what obligations do parents and children have for each other, and how will we live our lives are brought out from this presentation. This is a timeless series with a timeless message that what really matters in life is not money, status, or power. I had the opportunity to ask the screenwriter questions on the screenplay adaptation when the series was being broadcast on US TV networks in April 2009. Mr. Davies changed some of the scenes from the novel to make it with a more contemporary feel and to give the heroine a more dignified and individual character. The ending of the series also does not follow the novel exactly. Arthur Clennam gets the answers to his dying father's request in the TV series while the novel leaves some questions unanswered. Mr. Davies wanted Arthur to have closure and to make for a more emotionally satisfying ending. The sets, costumes, background scenery, and acting are all first rate with many familiar British actors/actresses in the cast. The heroine of the story (newcomer Claire Foy) becomes the primary focus of the entire story and deservedly so. The musical pieces (especially the haunting opening score with the piano and string instrument and Amy Dorrit's pensive mood music scenes at the bridge) are beautifully matched to the story actions throughout the presentation. Dickens is mostly known for his more popular works such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, and Great Expectations. Little Dorrit (originally titled "Nobody's Fault" by Dickens) deserves more wider recognition because its message is one that touches the heart of nearly everyone. A rich, moving, and touching story excellently presented.
scouty54 More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie on the internet because I couldn't wait to see Matthew MacFadyen (aka Mr. Darcy). He is great wonderful actor who is so serious in his roles yet manages to sneak in a bit of humor to his roles that makes him more endearing. This entire production is much better than the Charles Dicken's book which I read prior to seeing this BBC production. This is destined to be a classic! I highly, greatly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Masterpiece production is simply wonderful! All the actors are terrific. Tom Courtney is heartbreaking, Claire Foy, perfect, Andy Serkis, adorable. All the nastiness and quirky characters are here and Dicken's never has shown more bright or relevant today. From the moment he is on screen, he's got you wrapped up, Matthew Macfadyen dazzles. He's great in anything he does. What a talent!, playing Arthur's goodness with equal amounts of strength, humor and romance. Hollywood needs to get a clue, we need to see more, much more of him! You don't want this to end. It's a rare gem!
shoover More than 1 year ago
If you love peried pieces that involve mystery, romance and colorful characters you'll love this movie. I originally saw this movie on PBS's Masterpiece Classics and fell in love with the story and characters. I had never heard of the story Little Dorrit written by Charles Dickens until this came out on PBS. I enjoyed it so well I bought the book that accompanies the DVD. One reason I bought the book is I felt at the end as if I was missing a little piece of the mystery surrounding Little Dorrit and Auther Clemman that wasn't fully explained in the movie so I'm hoping the book solves that mystery. Don't want to give away the ending for those that have not seen it yet.
ljtea More than 1 year ago
Refreshing cast! Every character had depth and kept my interest. This film was dark yet light-hearted, I think that's due to the way it was filmed. Great to see Dickens other works on the screen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is great. The characters interesting and quirky. The acting is wonderful. I really enjoyed this.
Aglaia More than 1 year ago
This series is great. The performances are strong and convincing, the story is suspenseful, you can`t stop watching once you started. I haven`t read the novel, which is a shame really ... but then I haven`t read much from Dickens so far (I plan on correcting that mistake). I love the way his stories come to life, on paper and on the screen, how he manages to take us back into a world that we don`t know much about. The actors are great. The girl who plays Little Dorrit, is very charming, and the actor who plays Arthur Clennan, Matthew McFadyen is such a great actor. Serkin was also an excellent choice, he is very creepy and devilish, and such a talent. The supporting cast is also excellent. It was a great choice that they decided to do the series in so many episodes, it would really have been pointless in any other way - so much of a story can get lost on film or on TV, but -although I do not know the novel -seems to be an accurate rendition of the original plot. I recommend this version to all Dickens lovers, and to all those who love British television. I certainly do.
SHG-4913 More than 1 year ago
Does not get much better than this. Excellent cast, original writing (thank you Mr. Dickens), screenplay and direction. As always the British have it down pat with the beautiful sets,locations and costumes. Matthew MacFadyen gets better & better each time I see him in a movie or series. Nice to see Tom Courtenay again. Well worth the DVD cost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little Dorret was a wonderful Movie.I enjoyed it very much. If you like old english movies this is a good one.
jrKW More than 1 year ago
excellent rendition, solid all the way. beautiful characterizations. good way to escape (for about 8-10 hours).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of English productions, and this was a joy to watch. The acting was excellant. Matthew MacFadyen is becoming one of my favorites, as well as the rest of the cast.Well done.
PaulaSims More than 1 year ago
Litle Dorrit is visually stunning with a varied cast of characters. The plot line of rags-to-riches-to-rags sounded a bit depressing but the story was an enoyable one. Mini series are my favotite type of entertainment where you can really get to know the characters and spend time with them. The triumphs and disappointments throughout the story keep you wanting more. Amy Dorrit is someone we should all aspire to be. Matthew MacFadyen is wonderful in any role he choses. The only negative comment is that I needed to review the first episode a few times before I could keep all the characters straight. I would have been happy to watch a few more hours so I could have seen more of Pet and her family.
Orla More than 1 year ago
At first this movie was a bit strange, but once the story line began to flow I couldn't avert my eyes. Matthew MacFadyen delivers another winning perfomance. He is a wonderful actor. If you enjoy BBC classics this mini-series will surely please you.
Nicole18 More than 1 year ago
I saw this series on PBS and it was wonderful.It was shown as a 5 part series. The actress who plays Little Dorrit was charming, and was very touching in her portrayal of the character. All the other actors were also great and some were so down right naughty.I found myself having a great chuckle and grin. And one never gets tired from listening to that oh so proper English dialect. Beautiful costumes and wonderful English scenery. Imaginative writing by Charles Dickens.He truly knows how to prolong a secret till the very end. Ever so Enjoyable. One never tires from hearing the English language spoken with such eloquence,humor, wit,and style. It was like listening to Poetry rolling off the tongue !!
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I stumbled upon this breathtaking master piece shortly after it went to DVD. My family and I were captivated, truly captivated. I would recommend this for any Charles Dickens fan. You will not be disappointed. ENJOY!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pleasure to watch and keeps you wanting to see more- engaging and suspenseful.