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Mister Quilp

'I may be simple-hearted but I think the world is grand' trills winsome Little Nell in the opening minutes of this musical version of The Old Curiosity Shop sponsored by Reader's Digest. Well, the film is terrible: two solid hours of excruciating overacting from Newley as the vile and dwarfish Quilp, phony sets and costumes which look as though they've only just been removed from the wrapping-paper, botched songs (by Newley) and choreography, lackadaisical direction, and lots of good character actors going to waste.

Release details

Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Tuchner
Screenwriter: Louis Kamp, Irene Kamp
Cast: Anthony Newley
David Hemmings
David Warner
Michael Hordern
Paul Rogers
Jill Bennett
Sarah-Jane Varley
Mona Washbourne
Philip Davis
Bryan Pringle
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Paul Reeves

Newley is marvellous in this much misunderstood rewriting of the Dickens novel. We see things from Quilp's point of view in this adaptation: in the novel he's simply spiteful: in this movie he simply wants his money back-some great comic scenes from Newley, the 'Sport Of Kings' number is one of his best. If anything he steals the show leaving the rest of the cast diluted. Shoddy editing, in an obvious attempt to keep things moving is the downfall.

Paul Reeves

Newley is marvellous in this much misunderstood rewriting of the Dickens novel. We see things from Quilp's point of view in this adaptation: in the novel he's simply spiteful: in this movie he simply wants his money back-some great comic scenes from Newley, the 'Sport Of Kings' number is one of his best. If anything he steals the show leaving the rest of the cast diluted. Shoddy editing, in an obvious attempt to keep things moving is the downfall.