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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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Director:
Writers:
Charles Dickens (by)
David Lean (adapted for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
26 December 1946 (UK) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
a delightful tale with broad appeal (Modern viewers, take note.) 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)

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)
 
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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:
Tony Wager and Jean Simmons both receive "introducing" credits.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: As Pip and Herbert Pocket navigate the rowboat carrying Magwitch to the buoy, its light blinks, signifying that it's electrical; electricity was not in use in early 19th century England.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Jaggers:Take nothing on its looks, take everything on evidence. There is no better rule.See more »
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How does the movie ending differ from the book?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
a delightful tale with broad appeal (Modern viewers, take note.), 29 January 2008
Author: gscheyd from Florida, USA

As a fan of many so-called classic films, I am nonetheless aware that there is some validity to the criticism that early movies (say, anything before Brando in Streetcar) as a rule have less vitality than their modern counterparts, are formulaic to a fault, and strain the limits of modern attention spans more than can be fully blamed on the viewer. Great Expectations treads miles clear of any of these criticisms, and so I recommend it in particular to anyone who has a general disdain for films that a) were released in the first half of the 20th century and/or b) were shot in black and white. Here is one that can change your mind.

Naturally, given the talents of the author, the plot itself leaves little to be desired. Further, David Lean, his cast, and his crew, have done a splendid job translating Dickens to the screen. This is indeed, as the Criterion Collection folks have classified it, one of the "Great Adaptations." I doubt that there is a better cinematic adaptation of any Dickens novel and am almost certain there is none in which the Dickensian English dialogue flows more pleasantly and naturally. The actors herein deliver Dickens as Olivier himself delivered Shakespeare. Nor is this an unimportant accomplishment; having to spend a couple of hours listening to actors who sound more like they are delivering a series of quotes (though admittedly they are) than that they are actually conversing can be positively unbearable. Indeed I think that's the main thing that people are hitting upon when, with broad brush-strokes, they paint older films as tedious. Great Expectations is the antidote to just this attitude.

If you are a lover of classic films, you have likely already seen this one or will do so regardless of my review, but if, on the other hand, you entertain the possibility of watching Great Expectations with a deep-seated skepticism I implore you to give it a chance. I have every confidence you'll be pleasantly surprised and find yourself drawn into what is, after all, a fascinating story.

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