Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother’s seamstress Amy Dorrit and of her father residing in the Marshalsea debtors’ prison.
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No other film captures the spirit of Dickens' writing as well as this great adaptation by Christine Edzard. The actors are all perfectly cast and most of the characters are perfectly grotesque. It is a very long film of a very long book, and both invite total immersion. Sarah Pickering was born to play Amy Dorrit, and Derek Jacobi, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, and Cyril Cusack were never better. Do not forget.