Great Expectations (1974)

Great Expectations





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

This third talking-picture version of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations stars Michael York as Pip, the humble British lad whose aspirations to become a gentleman are financed by a mysterious benefactor. We first see young Pip (played by Simon Gipps-Kent) coming to the aid of escaped convict Magwitch (James Mason). Once this episode has apparently run its course, we find Pip the guest of the wealthy, reclusive, half-mad Miss Havisham (Margaret Leighton), and the worshipper-from-afar of … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Television, Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003

Watch it now


as Estella

as Pocket as a Boy

as Sarah Pocket

as Old Man

as Cousin Camilla

as Mrs. Gargery

as Joe Gargery

as Miss Havisham

as Abel Magwitch

as Pumblechook

as Jaggers

as Drummle

as Herbert Pocket
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Great Expectations

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Great Expectations

There are no critic reviews yet for Great Expectations. Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!

Audience Reviews for Great Expectations


Good acting from York, but other than that, I didn't care for this movie. It's slow and boring and predictable. The book is probably better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Considering this is a television reproduction of the Charles Dickens classic novel, it is surprisingly good. Even more surprising it was supposed to be a musical, but the filmmakers completely cut the music, and it does not show. The problem is that the Dickens story and the main character, Pip, is most frustrating, undoing much of the good efforts. It is a classic coming of age tale divided into three parts. First, we meet a youthful boy amidst a difficult life of a laboring family. An eccentric wealthy old woman pays Pip to play with a rich girl, Estella, for her entertainment. He immediately falls for her and her luxurious lifestyle, even though she treats him like garbage. Later as a young man, he seeks to rise above his current poverty to a life of riches where he can win Estella's affection. Amazingly, he encounters an offer of a large sum of money from an anonymous donor to become a refined gentleman, just as he wanted. After becoming a distinguished man of class, he learns where his money comes from and feels disillusioned with his phony lifestyle. He matures as a man but at no point puts this despicably proud woman out of his thoughts. The characters and the situation are interesting, but the values I identify with are not. Pip's unwavering love for Estella is largely for her superficial lifestyle, but he does not realize this or rise above her. The acting and direction are good but with a frustrating main character like this, it is hard to like it. It is a fine movie, but I blame the shortcomings on Charles Dickens and his characters.

Umm...This isn't the version I saw, but it's the closest thing to it. The version I like has Anthony Calf as Pip and he's cute!

Chelsea B.

Great Expectations Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Great Expectations on our Movie forum!