Our Mutual Friend

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Overview

One of several British miniseries adaptations of Charles Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend, this four-part version debuted over the BBC in 1998. The production's generous running time total: six hours, enabled scenarist Sandy Welch to include virtually every important detail in this complex Victorian-era saga of how a mysterious waterfront death inextricably linked the lives of two young women, Lizzie Hexam Keeley Hawes and Bella Wilfer Anna Friel. The richness of the Dickensian prose was complemented by the ...
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Overview

One of several British miniseries adaptations of Charles Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend, this four-part version debuted over the BBC in 1998. The production's generous running time total: six hours, enabled scenarist Sandy Welch to include virtually every important detail in this complex Victorian-era saga of how a mysterious waterfront death inextricably linked the lives of two young women, Lizzie Hexam Keeley Hawes and Bella Wilfer Anna Friel. The richness of the Dickensian prose was complemented by the visuals, which incorporated everything from documentary-style handheld camerawork to Eisenstein-ish montages, and by the eerily polytonal musical score by Adrian Johnston. Our Mutual Friend was brought to America courtesy of PBS beginning January 3, 1999.
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Special Features

30 minute documentary examining the Victorian society reflected in the novel and film; Behind-the-scenes promotional teaser
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • UPC: 794051233820
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Time: 5:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,163

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul McGann Eugene Wrayburn
Keeley Hawes Lizzie Hexam
Anna Friel Bella Wilfer
Steven Mackintosh John Harmon
David Bradley Rogue Riderhood
Technical Credits
Julian Farino Director
Adrian Johnston Score Composer
Sandy Welch Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Our Mutual Friend
1. Dead Man's Worth [3:39]
2. The Eyes of Society [5:41]
3. A Man of Fortune [5:02]
4. The Edge of the World [5:59]
5. A Fatal Game [4:41]
6. A Substantial Reward [3:53]
7. The Best References [4:10]
8. Education Neglected [3:42]
9. A Promising Girl [6:41]
10. Changed Circumstances [4:18]
11. Suspicions [5:18]
12. A Mutual Understanding [7:46]
13. Sent Away [2:52]
14. Faces in the Shadows [4:04]
15. The Value of a Loss [5:28]
16. Waterside Character [6:42]
17. Death Before Profit [4:03]
18. End Credits [1:07]
1. Hard Work [2:24]
2. Pretending to Be [3:41]
3. A Confession [6:30]
4. Under Her Spell [2:10]
5. Particular Friend [6:01]
6. A True Mother [4:13]
7. False Pride [8:09]
8. All is not Well [4:35]
9. Mountaintop Proposal [3:39]
10. Treated to the Best [4:52]
11. Everyone Taken Care Of [4:33]
12. A Better Man [6:23]
13. The Attention of Men [5:13]
14. No Chance of Happiness [6:42]
15. Keeping the Deadness Off [5:28]
16. An Offer of Marriage [9:47]
17. A Bitter Trial [2:19]
18. End Credits [1:03]
Disc #1, Side B -- Our Mutual Friend
1. Poor Father [4:02]
2. No Heart [3:15]
3. Those Who Have [4:32]
4. Stirrings at Night [6:09]
5. Have You Seen Her? [5:53]
6. A Shade of Sadness [5:24]
7. New Friends [3:58]
8. Rather Serious [7:55]
9. Night Chases [6:17]
10. A Delicate Matter [8:21]
11. Returning Home [3:35]
12. A New Will [4:26]
13. Followed Day and Night [7:02]
14. A Private Interview [1:31]
15. Journey's End [4:39]
17. Secret Meeting [6:15]
18. Ambush [4:27]
19. End Credits [1:04]
1. Downfall [4:55]
2. The River's Secrets [6:14]
3. An Urgent Summons [7:33]
4. Notice From Lizzie [2:43]
5. Barely Alive [4:22]
6. Dying Wish [5:47]
7. A Somber Wedding [4:42]
8. Found Out [5:47]
9. Leeches [8:23]
10. True Identity [8:22]
11. The Last Will [6:47]
12. Between Here and Hell [5:22]
13. The Dollmaker [2:21]
14. Heavy Payment [4:52]
15. Drowned Again [3:27]
16. The Future [3:03]
17. A Question of Feelings [3:28]
18. End Credits [1:02]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Our Mutual Friend
   Play All
   Episode 1
   Episode 2
Disc #1, Side B -- Our Mutual Friend
   Play All
   Episode 3
   Episode 4
   Promotional Teaser
   Dickens: The Final Chapter
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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    Too Many Story Lines & Too Slow.

    I thought the main story was centered around John Harmon faking his death to be able to see what type of wife his father's willed required him to marry. A woman who he's never met. The movie ended being more about the family who found the body of the man thought to be John Harmon. The series was more centered around multiple men wanting to marry Lizzie Hexam (Keeley Hawes), for what reason we don't really know. The movie also centers around a couple other minor characters and plots. The series is supposedly "complex" but it doesn't have to be. For the most part all of the different story lines and characters that the series involves, only a few of them ever interact or have some relation to John Harmon and his plot. It's just way too many characters and too many story line going on that are a bit too unrelated to each other. Seems like Dickens came up with 3 or so different stories and decided to combine them into one. I attempted to watch this series 4 separate times and finally saw it all and was not impressed. Too slow and jumps all over the place. I wouldn't recommend unless you have nothing better to do or watch.

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