Little Dorrit (film)

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Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit VHS.jpg
Little Dorrit VHS cover
Directed by Christine Edzard
Produced by John Brabourne
Richard B. Goodwin
Screenplay by Christine Edzard
Based on Little Dorrit
by Charles Dickens
Starring Derek Jacobi
Joan Greenwood
Max Wall
Patricia Hayes
Alec Guinness
Miriam Margolyes
Simon Dormandy
Sarah Pickering
Cinematography Bruno de Keyzer
Edited by Fraser Maclean
Olivier Stockman
Distributed by Curzon Artificial Eye (UK)
Cannon Films
Release date
  • 11 December 1987 (1987-12-11)
Running time
360 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,025,228[1]

Little Dorrit is a 1987 film adaptation of the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.[2] It was written and directed by Christine Edzard, and produced by John Brabourne and Richard B. Goodwin,[3] the music, by Giuseppe Verdi, was arranged by Michael Sanvoisin.[4]

The film stars Derek Jacobi as Arthur Clennam and Sarah Pickering in the title role.[5] A huge cast of seasoned British and Irish stage and film actors was assembled to play the dozens of roles, among them are Alec Guinness, Simon Dormandy, Joan Greenwood, Roshan Seth, Miriam Margolyes, Cyril Cusack, and Max Wall.[6]


Little Dorrit lasts 360 minutes and was released in two parts of approximately three hours each.[2] The first part was subtitled Nobody's Fault, an allusion to one of Dickens' proposed titles for the original novel, and the story developed from the perspective and experiences of the Arthur Clennam character,[7] the second film, entitled Little Dorrit's Story, took many of the same events and presented them through the eyes of the heroine. Together they represented overlapping chronicles.[8]

The production company which made the film, Sands Films, is run by Christine Edzard, the screenwriter and director, and her husband, Richard B. Goodwin.[9]


Variety wrote, "what she (Edzard) has accomplished on a small budget is astounding."[10] and The New York Times noted "The cast is spectacular."[11]

The film was nominated for two Oscars: Actor in a Supporting Role (Alec Guinness) and Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) (Christine Edzard).[12]

The Region Two DVD was released in the UK on 27 October 2008.[13]

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