Bleak House

Bleak House

Director: Justin Chadwick, Susanna White Cast: Gillian Anderson, Patrick Kennedy

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A trio of orphans becomes embroiled in a mysterious and long-running lawsuit in this sprawling BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. A legend in the legal circles of Victorian London, the messy inheritance case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has been trickling through the courts for years with no end in sight. Nobleman John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) has seen the case destroy more than one life, so when he becomes guardian to three young people -- beautiful Ada Clare (Carey Mulligan), Ada's cousin Richard Carstone (Patrick Kennedy), and her devoted companion, Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) -- he vows to shield them from its pernicious effects by bringing them to the safety of his estate, the eponymous Bleak House. Richard, however, becomes obsessed with the unattainable Jarndyce inheritance, to the detriment of his career and mental health. Esther, meanwhile, remains haunted by her origins; the product of a scandalous pregnancy, she was raised by her aunt and knows nothing about her dead mother's identity. Meanwhile, imperious noblewoman Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) plots to hide the evidence of her own mysterious past -- a quest that leads her to the intrigue surrounding Jarndyce and Jarndyce. She is but one of dozens of characters who find themselves drawn into the lawsuit's web of corruption, blackmail, and murder. Bleak House debuted October 27, 2005, on BBC One. It received its U.S. premiere on January 22, 2006, on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, where the 15 British episodes were combined into six longer blocks. Britain's Royal Television Society named the series Best Drama Serial of 2005. A previous adaptation of Dickens' novel ran on Masterpiece Theatre in 1985.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
UPC: 0883929042562
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 7:45:00
Sales rank: 45,306

Special Features

Interviews with Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson and Charles Dance; Commentaries with writer Andrew Davies, producer Nigel Stafford-Clark and directors Justin Chadwick and Susanna White; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gillian Anderson Lady Dedlock,Actress
Patrick Kennedy Richard Carstone
Carey Mulligan Actor
Nathaniel Parker Actor
Sevan Stephan Mr. Tangle
Alistair McGowan Mr. Kenge
Burn Gorman Guppy
Charles Dance Mr. Tulkinghorn
Denis Lawson John Jarndyce
Anna Maxwell Martin Esther Summerson
Timothy West Sir Leicester
Patrick Kennedy Actor

Technical Credits
Justin Chadwick Director
Susanna White Director
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Simon Elliot Production Designer
Sally Haynes Executive Producer
Kate Rhodes James Casting
Paul Knight Editor
John Lunn Score Composer
Laura Mackie Executive Producer
Kieran McGuigan Cinematographer
Nigel Stafford-Clark Producer

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Bleak House 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
carolicious41 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous movie that you will want to savor. Every shot is gorgeous, the acting is spectacular and really encapsulates the feeling of the book. Well Done!!!
AvidReaderVT More than 1 year ago
The casting for this story was flawless and the writing stayed very true to the book. We were held absolutely spellbound from start to finish.
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I couldn't stop watching. Beautifully filmed, very true to the novel with a superb cast. Gillian Anderson was so immersed in the role, I didn't know it was her for the first half hour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard about this adaptation of Bleak House from a magazine that showered it with glowing reviews for its superb cast, witty dialogue, and fast pace. I decided then to give Bleak House a try and found it to live up to its glowing reviews and then some. I found the original book by Charles Dickens rather slow and somewhat sentimental, but this adaptation is "fast-moving, daring, gripping television." We are presented with a myriad of sup-plots, each eventually interweaveing into the next: a murder mystery, a love story, hidden identity, and scandal. We are shown all of Dickens'comic genious and the tantalizing scandal of his novel, but, stripped of its sentimentality. I found myself swept along by a pulsating and edgy drama that has been missing from television for some time.
nazareth62 More than 1 year ago
I review this film reluctantly because I know that with the exception of Scrooge quite of bit of Dickens work involves the darker side of things. With that said this adaptation or any other probably has an audience that's already built in. It's the kind of story that one is either interested in or isn't. This particular version for those who are interested is absolutely magnificent! Some may even like it for it's soap opera qualities. Must possess the ability to focus on the film-not the kind of story you can run out on every 5 minutes!
dasNJ More than 1 year ago
This is a very well done series. Well acted. It is enlightening on how people lived during that time and their prejudices. The only annoying part was the character carried on a bed who keeps demanding "shake me up Judy". The point was made he was uncomfortable but to keep saying it 10 times in every scene he was in was very aggravating and totally unnecessary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bleak House is well made and addicting to watch suspenseful and mysterious, but calm and easy-paced. Wonderful cast and performances. A most see!
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80NEPatsGrl More than 1 year ago
I attempted to watch this series about 5 times, turning it off well in the beginning, mainly because it didn't move fast enough for Me. It is a bit slow at the beggining, but it is because it needs time to familirize the viewer with all the characters and their importance, but once it gets moving along it is wonderful! I didn't care for "Our Mututal Friend" but I really enjoyed this series!