Great Expectations (1947)



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After an anonymous patron provides him with an income, orphaned Pip sets out for the life of a young gentleman. But soon a criminal to whom Pip once showed kindness resurfaces, leading to some surprising revelations. Director David Lean has created a moving, well-crafted adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel.
Classics , Drama
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Universal Pictures

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Valerie Hobson
as Estella
Jean Simmons
as Young Estella
Anthony Wager
as Young Pip
Bernard Miles
as Joe Gargery
Finlay Currie
as Magwitch
Martita Hunt
as Miss Havisham
Alec Guinness
as Pocket
Ivor Barnard
as Wemmick
Freda Jackson
as Mrs. Gargery
Torin Thatcher
as Drummle
Everley Gregg
as Sarah Pocket
Hay Petrie
as Uncle Pumblechook
Richard George
as The Sergeant
Everly Gregg
as Sarah Pocket
John Burch
as Mr. Wopsle
O.B. Clarence
as Aged Parent
John Forrest
as Pale Young Gentleman
Anne Holland
as A Relation
Gordon Begg
as Night Porter
Edie Martin
as Mrs. Whimple
Walford Hyden
as Dancing Master
Roy Arthur
as Galley Steersman
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Critic Reviews for Great Expectations

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

Only rabid Dickensians will find fault with the present adaptation, and paradoxically only lovers of Dickens will derive maximum pleasure from the film.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

The graveyard scene is still a shocker, the details are still astonishingly well assembled, and the performances are wonderful.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

David Lean's black-and-white masterpiece may be a whirlwind tour of Dickens' novel, but what a well-performed, economic and atmospheric tour it is.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] glowing illumination of the warm and deliciously surprising tale.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

[It] has been called the greatest of all the Dickens films, and [it] does what few movies based on great books can do: Creates pictures on the screen that do not clash with the images already existing in our minds.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Great Expectations is a unique and reassuring British film.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

Audience Reviews for Great Expectations


As someone who was never a big fan of the source book this version is a decent and relatively faithful rendition of it. John Mills is far too old to play Pip and it shows additionally they should of had Jean Simmons play Estella all the way through, she is much truer to the book version than Valerie Hobson. Martita Hunt makes a fine Miss Havisham. It's all a bit stodgy though

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The one and only Great Expectations movie all the rest do not live up to the book.

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

The absolute BEST adaptation of Charles Dickens ever put on film.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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