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


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Release Date:
26 December 1946 (UK) See more »
From the Vivid Pages of Charles Dickens' Masterpiece ! See more »
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A very nearly perfect film! See more (89 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Mills ... Pip
Tony Wager ... Young Pip (as Anthony Wager)

Valerie Hobson ... Estella

Jean Simmons ... Young Estella

Bernard Miles ... Joe Gargery
Francis L. Sullivan ... Mr. Jaggers

Finlay Currie ... Magwitch
Martita Hunt ... Miss Havisham

Alec Guinness ... Herbert Pocket
Ivor Barnard ... Mr. Wemmick
Freda Jackson ... Mrs.Joe
Eileen Erskine ... Biddy
George Hayes ... Convict
Hay Petrie ... Uncle Pumblechook
John Forrest ... The Pale Young Gentleman
Torin Thatcher ... Bentley Drummle
O.B. Clarence ... The Aged Parent (as O. B. Clarence)
John Burch ... Mr. Wopsle
Richard George ... The Sergeant
Grace Denbigh Russell ... Mrs. Wopsle (as Grace Denbigh-Russell)
Everley Gregg ... Sarah Pocket
Anne Holland ... Relation
Frank Atkinson ... Mike
Gordon Begg ... Night Porter
Edie Martin ... Mrs. Whimple
Walford Hyden ... The Dancing Master
Roy Arthur ... Galley Steersman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Lang ... Man Sitting Next to Pip at Magwitch's Trial (uncredited)
Dido Plumb ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Ernie Pratt ... Police Officer in Boat (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lean 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (by)

David Lean  adapted for the screen by &
Ronald Neame  adapted for the screen by &
Anthony Havelock-Allan  adapted for the screen by and
Kay Walsh  adapted for the screen with &
Cecil McGivern  adapted for the screen with

Produced by
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... executive producer
Ronald Neame .... producer
Original Music by
Walter Goehr (musical score)
Cinematography by
Guy Green (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
Casting by
Pat MacDonnell (uncredited)
Adele Raymond (uncredited)
Maude Spector (uncredited)
Production Design by
John Bryan 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine (costumes designed by) (as Sophia Harris of Motley)
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Norman Spencer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Eric Braun .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Philip Shipway .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Victor Wark .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Elphick .... chief assistant art director (uncredited)
Bill Holmes .... draughtsman (uncredited)
T. Hopewell Ash .... draughtsman (uncredited)
William Hutchinson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Lambourne .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon K.McCallum)
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
Gerry Crampton .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Bill Daniels .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
John Dennis .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Charles Knott .... maintenance engineer (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer (uncredited)
John W. Mitchell .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
George Paternoster .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Slade .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
J.B. Smith .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
C.C. Stevens .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Les Bowie .... matte painter (uncredited)
Syd Howell .... back projection (uncredited)
Douglas Woolsey .... models (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Huke .... camera operator (as Nigel Huke)
Jim Body .... focus puller (uncredited)
Peter Davies .... music sound camera (uncredited)
John Godar .... focus puller (uncredited)
Tony Hermes .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Alan Hume .... second camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Arthur Ibbetson .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Skeets Kelly .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Krasker .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Henry Slagter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Cyril Stanborough .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ernest Steward .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margaret Furse .... costumes designer: assisted by
Editorial Department
John Cook .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Margery Saunders .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Walter Goehr .... conductor
Roy Douglas .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
John Huntley .... music technician (uncredited)
Kenneth Pakeman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Suria Magito .... dances arranged by
J. Arthur Rank .... presenter (as J.Arthur Rank)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Sibley)
John Alderson .... location manager (uncredited)
Yvonne Axeworthy .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Vicky Fuggle .... production secretary (uncredited)
Martita Hunt .... voice: cow (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:AL | South Korea:15 (2003) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1990) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Valerie Hobson also played Estella's mother Molly.See more »
Anachronisms: When Pip goes home to his rooms before Magwitch returns two clocks are heard striking the hour outside. The second one plays Westminster chimes. Big Ben in Westminster was the first to have these (hence the name) and this wasn't built until 1859: some years after the action.See more »
Mr. Jaggers:I have a pretty large experience of boys and you're a bad lot of fellows.See more »
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How does the movie ending differ from the book?
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41 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A very nearly perfect film!, 25 June 2005
Author: mark2-1

This is very close to being one of the most perfect films ever made.

Every actor performs at his best - making every word and inflection count - and the script is perfect, the direction is perfect and the photography is excellent.

I am astounded by what Antony Wager, the young actor portraying Pip as a youngster, is able to deliver.

I only have one "but" - while Jean Simmons is perfect as the young Estella, I find Valerie Hobson - as the only member of the entire cast - miscast as the older Estella. I have researched this a little and have since found that she was married to the film's producer.

I wonder whom David Lean had been planning to use? I have been thinking about which actress, amongst those of the period who would have been available, would have been good for the role. The obvious choice is Vivien Leigh and another is Margaret Leighton.

Two years later David Lean made Oliver Twist, which, while good, is a very different kind of film. I don't really feel it lives up to the quality of Great Expectations.

I have a daughter in her early 20's. She and I saw Great Expectations on TV years ago and she still has very fond memories of it today and rushed to borrow the DVD I just purchased. She otherwise abhors "old films" and in particular those in B+W.

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