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Great Expectations (1999)

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director:

Julian Jarrold

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Tony Marchant
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Pip
Justine Waddell ... Estella
Charlotte Rampling ... Miss Havisham
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Aikman ... Young Biddy
Nicholas Blane ... Wopsle
Selina Cadell ... Sarah Pocket
Jo Cameron Brown ... Miss Skiffins
Emma Cunniffe ... Biddy
Tony Curran ... Orlick
Laurence Dobiesz ... Young Herbert
Leo Dolan Leo Dolan ... Sheriff's Officer
Sarah Durham ... Maid
Michael Eaves ... Police Officer
Daniel Evans ... Herbert Pocket
Gemma Gregory Gemma Gregory ... Young Estella
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Storyline

Young Pip is expected to become a blacksmith, but, hating the soot and smoke, he secretly dreams of becoming a gentleman. When he meets the mysterious Miss Havisham and her haughty niece Estella, Pip is confident that his dream is to come true. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandes Esperanças See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakham, Rutland, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Pip: It seems that these past few years I have been harbouring an illusion. More than one, in fact... And you humoured them. You led me on...
Miss Havisham: Yes, I let you go on.
Pip: Was that kind?
Miss Havisham: Who am I, for God's sake, that I should be kind?
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Stunning
1 August 2003 | by bigfatlSee all my reviews

Whilst it has not stuck to the text word for word, it has not veered greatly from it. The film covers everything that needs to be covered on the whole, and where it has altered things, I think it has done so for the better. The film still paints and amazing picture of this excellent piece of literary work!

The casting was simply spectacular, the idea of sexing up Miss Havesham with the delectable Charlotte Rampling was perhaps the most unique and welcomed aspect of this production, which does anything but suffer from it. Waddell, Hill, Gruffudd, and Evans all give stellar performances and carry the film. The score is extremely haunting and so spectacular that I went out and bought the CD (which we were very lucky the BBC released). How Peter Salem has not been snapped up by Hollywood yet I don't know!

The score on top of the direction and production design make this a mouth watering feature that I'd recommend to anyone! The film got me through A-Level English.


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