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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Our Mutual Friend [DVD] [1998]
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on 29 March 2013
The characters are wonderful & it is so easy to find yourself willing them toward a happy ending. The acting is superb with Kenneth Cranham & David Bradley (Silas Wegg & Rogue Riderhood respectively) showing the cruel & scheming side of life to perfection. I was always told that if you dislike the character the actor is doing his job, all I can say is these two are amazing, having said that though the whole cast is. David Morrissey's (Bradley Headstone) outburst in the graveyard & ultimate downfall, the romantic leads & the brilliant Boffins, so many twists in the plot it keeps you glued. I adore it. This is one for a chill out day when you can just watch & do nothing else (reserve a good few hours)! For me this is Dickens at his best.
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on 12 February 2009
Books into film do not go. But stories do, and this production never comes across as an adaptation of something else. It has a spaceousness and a sure pacing that come from fully realizing the ingredients of the story, and not looking over its shoulder at book details and book methods. The cast is exceptional - so that character interest operates at an usual depth, and that interest allows the full complexities of the plot work themselves out, again with unusual clarity for Dickens. What holds the six hours together most impressively, however, is the scenerio development - no story thread is overly stressed, no thread too long neglected, and the narrative movement between each plot thread never seems contrived or uncomfortable. The camera and music artistry are also particular strengths - understated, but unfailingly tasteful and penetrating. One measure of how good this production is: the difficult character of Bradley Headstone becomes so much more than an inscription. What a piece of acting it is! This series sets the benchmark for Dickens adaptations for television.
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on 3 March 2017
A really good drama, cant fault the acting at all, a must for your collection of quality dramas (adaptations).
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on 6 January 2017
Excellent film, not so well known but a pleasant surprise. No problem, excellent seller thank you.
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on 7 June 2015
There have been other versions of Our Mutual Friend, but I'm attached to this one, because of its fidelity to Dickens' spirit as well as the letter of his plot.
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on 22 January 2017
Bought to aid our Classics Book Group, its OK
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on 19 November 2017
ok
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on 12 May 2010
This is a great and compelling piece of drama.

It is amazing to see the number of people who starred in this drama who have gone on to have incredible acting careers.

Although many 'issues' are delt with in this drama it is not in a heavy going way, it still makes for great entertainment.

As costume dramas go, its among the best, in terms of Dickens adaptaions it is only rivaled in my opinion by the much more recent Bleak House Bleak House - BBC (3 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005], quite an acheivement for a drama made 11 years ago!
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on 5 May 2016
Great characters, Great acting and a great version of this classic.
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on 25 January 2017
Fine.
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