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Great Expectations -- A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
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Writers:
Charles Dickens (by)
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Release Date:
26 December 1946 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
From the Vivid Pages of Charles Dickens' Masterpiece ! See more »
Plot:
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Malcolm Tierney obituary
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Great version of the Dickens novel...beautiful B&W photography... See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Ernie Pratt ... Police Officer in Boat (uncredited)
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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 (music 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)
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | 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
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Trivia:
Charles Dickens wrote a much harsher ending to the original novel for its original publication; he was forced to substitute the more famous ending when it was published as a book later on, because the original one upset his readers. I believe that this was the only time he ever changed his novel's ending.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Magwitch:Keep still, you young devil, or I'll slit your throat!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in License to Wed (2007)See more »

FAQ

How does the movie ending differ from the book?
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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Great version of the Dickens novel...beautiful B&W photography..., 28 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The Dickens novel is given classic treatment in David Lean's "Great Expectations". The opening scene is so atmospheric it sets the tone for the convoluted story to follow. The earlier scenes with young Pip are the most enjoyable for me--especially those involving Estella (Jean Simmons) and Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt).

Brilliant performances from all concerned. John Mills is wholly satisfying as the adult Pip and Valerie Hobson as the adult Estella--but it is Martita Hunt's Miss Havisham, sitting among the ruined finery of a wedding that never took place, everything exactly the way it was on that fateful day--and waging war on men ever since--that lingers in the memory.

Some of the best black and white photography seen until that time and an absorbing story with twists and surprises that have logical explanations. Compares favorably with the other great British film, "Oliver Twist" and, by all means, recommended viewing.

Not only worthy of its Best Picture nomination, it should have won over "Gentleman's Agreement" which now seems preachy and artificial.

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