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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009AMA8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Inmi Opinion on 28 July 2007
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marco on 6 May 2011
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Spoiler-free review.
I'm not a native English speaker, therefore I beg you to forgive my bad English.

Fingersmith's TV miniseries lasts three hours, which is not enough time - considering the length of the book - to properly portray the whole story on screen. So, it is more like a well written summary showing the main scenes and events rather than a complete and heartfelt adaptation. Plot is still quite understandable but the script happens to lack of all the details, characters' feelings and characters insight that really define the world and the top-notch quality of the original novel. Therefore the audience can not get to know and to love the characters as it should, creating an unnatural distance between them. As I said, that is not because of a bad script. Only because of the short time the TV plot had to rely on.
Pity for those who watched the show before reading the book because they will not know what story they missed, or they will get to it too late.

But what for those who have already read the book?
For them, this show may turn out to be much more interesting. They already know the plot and its twists, so they will catch all the sneaking clues leading to what the show does not properly develop. They will have time to enjoy the environment and the acting without having to focus on plot and dialogues.
The setting is good. And by that I mean that the outdoor setting sucks (it is too claustrophobic, London looks like a city made up of two streets drawn together. Briar is very good though) but the indoor one is so good and detailed it makes up for it.
The acting is not bad, I guess, for a TV miniseries. Sadly, it is nowhere near the one of an actual and high quality movie, but I do not want to bother about it.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Iceni Peasant on 16 Jun. 2005
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mummy spoon on 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 definitely deserves the 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2013
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To be short, it's an excellent film (two parts in one DVD). Obviously I'm not going into the plots unlike some other reviewers so it'll be a 'safe review' for those who haven't watched it yet.

I thought the whole film was very cleverly made, including the meticulous attention to details in the costumes, the scenes in London, and so on so forth, and the script writer did an excellent job too! It was completely unpredictable, and although it was based on the novel by a modern writer, it was almost as good as Charles Dickens' Bleak House, apart from some sensual scenes which were slightly too graphic, which would probably prevent this work to be compared to more classical novels by film or book critics.

The actors were also brilliant - the two main young female characters were convincing and very impressive - I want to congratulate the actresses. Charles Dance appears as a Victorian scholar, the role that Dance would be the best actor to play. All the supporting actors and actresses, especially Imelda Staunton was brilliant. This kind of high quality TV series is something I think my TV license fees worth paying for (although obviously I had to pay some more to get this DVD)!
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