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Fingersmith [2005] [DVD]

Elaine Cassidy , Sally Hawkins , Aisling Walsh    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Rupert Evans, Imelda Staunton, Charles Dance
  • Directors: Aisling Walsh
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Freemantle
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009AMA8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In the dark and twisting alleyways of dickensian London the stories of two very different young women collide with terrifying consequences...

Twenty year old petty thief, Sue Trinder, is part of an elaborate scam to defraud a wealthy heiress, Maud Lilley, of her inheritance. Encouraged by Mrs. Sucksby who has looked after her since she was orphaned, Sue assists conman Richard Rivers in his bid to elope with Maud before having her committed to a madhouse and claiming her fortune for himself.

But Sue's plans are turned upside down when she falls in love with Maud… and the tale twists further as the young women are separated just as they begin to realise the strength of their passion for each other…

Extra features: exclusive made for DVD featurette ''Behind the scenes of Fingersmith'', character profiles, episode synopses, photo gallery.

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Steamy Victorian drama from the BBC

Customer Reviews

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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful
I found this film absolutely first class from start to finish. I don't rate anything 5 stars unless it is exceptional in everything and I personally think this dramatisation from Sarah Waters novel is exactly that.The story is a beautiful one set in the London of about 1860's, combining lesbian romance with the day to day brutality of the period.The worlds of Sue,(Sally Hawkins) a "fingersmith" or pickpocket and that of heiress Maude,(Elaine Cassidy) a young lady collide with the help of fraudster Richard Rivers(Rupert Evans)and Mrs.Sucksby (Imelda Staunton)with a plan to cheat the heiress.There are several unexpected twists which I do not intend to give away.Superb,convincing characters and acting,a brilliant screenplay by Peter Ransley and director Aisling Walsh in on top of her game.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful adaptation 5 July 2005
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After having seen the hilariously comical BBC production of Sarah Waters' Tipping the Velvet, I wasn't all that sure what to expect of BBC's Fingersmith. Fortunately, the result is more than satisfactory: miniseries featuring Elaine Cassidy and Sally Hawkins in the lead roles is superbly loyal to the book, wild and exciting work. Although all of the performances are truly exquisite, one of them still stands out: the young Elaine Cassidy in the role of Maud Lilly is all one can hope for and then some!
Strongly recommended, but do yourself a favor and read the novel first; it's such a magnificent experience.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but missing the thrills of the book. 16 Jun 2005
The actual TV mini-series as a stand alone story was presented very well. Excellent cast, the usual quality of BBC costumes and environments, and the story itself providing twists and turns and unexpected moments.
However if you've read the book, then viewing this adaptation feels like it's missing something. The book was a "can't-put-down" thriller, with so much character development and subtle plots and sub plots. I think the TV series missed some of that intensity and depth. It's very enjoyable but fans of the book will feel it's maybe a bit average.
The DVD itself is excellent quality with a really good behind-the-scenes extra, with interviews and comments from most of the main cast. On the whole still worth 4 stars!
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 4 May 2005
Having read the novel by Sarah Waters, and being deeply moved by it, I decided to order the dvd and see how it had been interpreted on screen. I was impressed by the fact that the chemistry between the characters was not lost, and you genuinely cared about each individual. The only complaint that I actually have is the fact that a lot of the story had to be 'reduced', for example, in the book there is a lot made of Maud tending to her mother's grave with Sue always standing nearby, whereas in the film, that is not mentioned at all, which I felt was a shame.
However, overall, this is a fantastically produced production, based upon a real literary masterpiece. The acting is fantastic, and the passion, completely raw.
This is a film which will continue to move you over and over again.
Highly recommended.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow ... more than what I expected ! 12 Mar 2006
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"Fingersmith" is a tale that is narrated by two orphaned girls;
Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs Sucksby, in a household of fingersmiths (pick-pocketers), in the centre of London.
Maud Lilly is a wealthy heiress, who when her mother dies, was sent to live with her Uncle in a Country Mansion.

One day Richard 'Gentleman' Rivers, arrives at Mrs Sucksby’s with an elaborate plan, which involves defrauding Maud of her inheritance.
If Sue help him, she'll get a share of the possible £30,000 inheritance. Her part in the plan is that she has pose as Maud's maid and convince her that 'Gentleman' is the man for her and that one she should marry.
Slowly a relationship develops between the two girls and as 'Gentleman's' plans take shape, Sue begins to have doubts.
The scheme is finally hatched but as Maud commences her narrative it suddenly becomes clear who has double-crossed who!!.
I honestly did not see the twist at the end of episode 1 coming. Just over 2.5hrs long ... well worth the £6 that Amazon is selling it for. 5*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 14 Mar 2010
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Fingersmith has to be one of the best Tv dramas I have seen in a very long time and though it is over 2 1/2 hours in length it flew by.
Adapted from the novel by Sarah Waters, Fingersmith follows the story of two very different young women in victorian England and the trouble that ensues when they come together.I won't go into the story as it would spoil it for those of you who don't know, but it kept me enthralled right to the end as there are some shocking twists in the story.
I had previously seen the other Sarah Waters adaption 'Tipping the velvet' which though I enjoyed, It wasn't really to my taste and the story isn't a patch on this one.
If you like period dramas then I highly recommend this, it definately deserves the 5 stars.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Watching this novel is like seeing the dramatisation of newly discovered novel by Wilkie Collins, Sarah Waters has obviously steeped herself in Dickensian London and the novels of Dickens and Collins and has written the kind of book they would have written without the constraints of Victorian morality.
This is a superb drama highly reminiscent of “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins, with cruel double crosses and deceptions perpetrated by a heartless con man called “The Gentleman” (Evans), a warm lesbian love affair between Maude (Cassidy) and Susan her maid (Hawkins), and a female Fagin type character Mrs Sucksby (Staunton), add to all this the pleasure of Charles Dance in one of his wicked Victorian uncle roles.
The complexity of the plot and the timelines are preserved with an excellent use of voice over.
Needless to say the acting is first class, the lesbian chemistry between Maude and Susan outstanding, a great screenplay which apparently includes a good deal of dialogue from the novel, settings and directing near perfect.
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