Moll Flanders (1996 film)
|Directed by||Pen Densham|
|Produced by||John Watson
Richard B. Lewis
|Written by||Pen Densham|
Jeremy Brett (uncredited)
|Music by||Mark Mancina|
|Edited by||James R. Symons
|June 14, 1996|
Moll Flanders is a 1996 film starring Robin Wright and Morgan Freeman. The film was directed by Pen Densham. The original music score was composed by Mark Mancina. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel Defoe.
A young girl is picked up from a London orphanage and is told the story of her mother (Moll Flanders)'s life on the way to the British West Indies.
- Robin Wright as Moll Flanders
- Morgan Freeman as Hibble
- Stockard Channing as Mrs Allworthy
- John Lynch as Jonathan (the Artist)
- Brenda Fricker as Mrs Mazzawatti
- Geraldine James as Edna
- Aisling Corcoran as Flora
- Jeremy Brett as Artist's Father
- Britta Smith as Artist's Mother
- Cathy Murphy as Polly
- Emma McIvor as Mary
- Maria Doyle Kennedy as Alice
Based on reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, Moll Flanders currently has a 47% approval rating from critics. A problem many critics had was with the movie largely throwing out the original Defoe story and structuring it like Forrest Gump (in which Wright was prominently featured). While the original book was about a woman's struggle to survive a male-dominated era (the early 17th century) and her turning to illegal actions to make it through (stealing and prostitution, among other means), the movie dealt with Moll's working on herself and improving her life.
The International Press Academy nominated Moll Flanders for four awards: Robin Wright for Best Actress in a Drama, John Lynch for Supporting Actor in a drama, Stockard Channing for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, and a nomination for Costume Design.
Notes and references
The film was released in 1996, but still uses a 1995 copyright notice in the closing credits.