Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  26 December 1946 (UK)
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Wager ...
Young Pip (as Anthony Wager)
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Martita Hunt ...
Ivor Barnard ...
Freda Jackson ...
Eileen Erskine ...
George Hayes ...
Hay Petrie ...
John Forrest ...


Pip, a good-natured, gullible young orphan, lives with kind blacksmith Joe Gargery and his bossy, abusive wife 'Mrs. Joe'. When the boy finds two hidden escaped galley convicts, he obeys under -probably unnecessary- threat of a horrible death to bring the criminals food he must steal at peril of more caning from the battle-ax. Just when Pip fears to get it really good while they have guests, a soldier comes for Joe who takes Pip along as assistant to work on the chains of escaped galley-convicts, who are soon caught. The better-natured one takes the blame for the stolen food. Later Pip is invited to became the playmate of Estelle, the equally arrogant adoptive daughter of gloomy, filthy rich Miss Havisham at her estate, who actually has 'permission' to break the kind kid's heart; being the only pretty girl he ever saw, she wins his heart forever, even after a mysterious benefactor pays through a lawyer for his education and a rich allowance, so he can become a snob in London, by now '... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

26 December 1946 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Grandes esperanzas  »

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£350,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Jean Simmons (Young Estella) would later play Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (1989). See more »


When the soldiers are searching through the graveyard, they hear a shout that the convicts have been sighted. One soldier and then Pip clamber over a stone slab topped brick wall which moves slightly each time, then returns to its original position, indicating a hollow, wood-based prop. See more »


Pip: [narrating] In trying to become a gentleman, I had succeeded in becoming a snob.
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The identity of the actress playing Molly is never revealed, because this would constitute a spoiler. See more »


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Magnificent translation of classic Dickens book with a splendid direction by David Lean
20 September 2005 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The movie deals with an orphan child called Pip (Anthony Wager and grown-up John Mills) meets on the dark moor an escaped convict (Finlay Currie) and helps him . Later on , at a musty mansion he meets an old woman , Miss Havershan (Martita Hunt), and a beautiful girl called Stella (Jean Simmons and grown-up,Valerie Hobson) . Pit suddenly becomes a gentleman with the support of an unknown benefactor and his advocate (Francis L. Sullivan) . He befriends Herbert Pocket , Alec Guinness , in his debut picture as Pip's likable flatmate .

The film is an adaptation based on Charles Dickens's novel , being very fine directed by the classic director David Lean . In the movie there are drama , a love story , humor , tragedies and is pretty enjoyable . Impressive black and white cinematography by Guy Green , David Lean's usual ; in fact Lean has only utilized four cameramen throughout his career , the others have been Freddie Young , Jack Hyldyard and Ronald Neame who besides is producer and screenwriter of the film ; everybody famed and specialist photographers . The motion picture is considered to be the greatest version of the Charles Dickens novel , the recent rendition featured by Ethan Hawke as Pit , Gwyneth Paltrow as Stella and Anne Bancroft as Miss Havershan is deemed average . John Mills acting as the starring is first rate , he's romantic , sympathetic , attractive but also vulnerable and memorable . Alec Guinness as the agreeable friend is top notch , and secondary cast as Bernard Miles , Freda Jackson and Finlay Currie are excellent . Rating : Above Average . Well worth seeing for the classic cinema lovers .

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