|Starring:||Charles Dance, Rupert Evans, Elaine Cassidy, Imelda Saunton, Sally Hawkins|
|Genres:||Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Television|
|Studio:||FREMANTLE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||3 hours|
|Rental release:||18 Apr 2005|
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Ultimately, a satisfying filmBy Mel from London, UK , 28 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Having read the book, I found the first third of the film rather disappointing. I always try to judge an adaptation on its own merit. However, the film raced ahead, action-packed for the first hour, without ever establishing the characters fully. Key features were glossed over (the fingersmith business, pornographic book collection, characters of Mrs Sucksby, Gentleman et al and the build up to the first lesbian encounter) leaving the remainder of the film to pick up the pieces.
Later in the film come the many twists and turns, which make for compelling viewing and many surprises. This is a great story and all the threads are pulled together toward the end. Ultimately, it's satisfying, complete and thought-provoking, but a shame about the start.
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Beautiful adaptationBy DebiL (1 review) , 10 Nov 2013I read the novel a few months ago and absolutely loved it. This is a faithful, beautiful adaptation that brings all the characters to life and tells the story in a way that keeps it interesting. It's long - two 90 minute episodes - but the plot demands it be that long. However, with the split into two sections, the major twist - that occurs a third of the way into the book - happens in the middle. This results in a drawn out first half and a slightly rushed second half. The first half is still interesting and touching, with the focus on the blossoming romance between the girls, but it does force much of the drama and action into the superior second half.
Finger licking goodBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 24 Mar 2013Period drama set in 19th century. BBC series. An unusual and original plot with more twists than a game of pontoon. Very good acting and casting, It is long (180 mins) but is well worth the effort. It gets better and more intriguing as it progresses. There is a lesbian relationship tastefully and credibly done. A very good drama of betrayal, love , greed, wealth, poverty,and a gigantic scam. This film has it all. I was surprised that I was not aware of this when it was on TV.
Fantastic DVDBy a customer , 17 Mar 2013Excellent story, brilliant acting. I loved this DVD- I even watched the extras. I will definitely be reading the book.
A pleasure to watchBy a customer , 01 Aug 2012I hadn't read the book so I didn't know what to expect but I thought it was excellent. Good story and good acting. A fantastic piece of writing by Sarah Waters.
Surprisingly emotianal.By zam82uk (2 reviews) , 24 Mar 2012This dramatic story of love and needs of the heart will have you falling right into it all, it is beautiful, will be reading the book for sure.