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Great Expectations (1974)

Great Expectations





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Faithfully based on the Charles Dickens story and not a bad remake of the earlier superlative movie, this is the tale of an orphan whose chance meeting with an escaped convict changes the rest of his life.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Television, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sherman Yellen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
Transcontinental Films

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Sarah Miles
as Estella
Margaret Leighton
as Miss Havisham
James Mason
as Abel Magwitch
Robert Morley
as Pumblechook
Joss Ackland
as Joe Gargery
Andrew Ray
as Herbert Pocket
Rachel Roberts
as Mrs. Gargery
Simon Gipps-Kent
as Pip, as a Boy
Maria Charlès
as Sarah Pocket
Elaine Garreau
as Cousin Camilla
Richard Beaumont
as Pocket, as a Boy
Erik Chitty
as Old Man
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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

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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.

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