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

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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:
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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:
Valerie Hobson was widely considered to be miscast as the adult Estella.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Uncle Pumblechook parks his carriage in front of the gate at Satis House and drops off the young Pip, Estella leads Pip away from the gate. First, the carriage is clearly seen parked outside the gate. In a later shot, as Pip is walking, the carriage is gone, and in a subsequent shot, the carriage is back in view outside the gate again.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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Unknown Benefactor, 29 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Charles Dickens certainly liked to write his novels from a child's point of view. Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations all start with the hero/protagonist as a child. Only young Oliver Twist of the three I mentioned ended still a child in the novel's conclusion. In Oliver Twist, young Oliver is reunited with his propertied and somewhat wealthy grandfather looking to rise in station from his humble background.

Young Pip, short for Philip Pirrup, is also of humble background in Great Expectations. His parents are killed when he's young, he lives with his sister and her husband who is a blacksmith. During his childhood he befriends a convict on the run. Later on for mysterious reasons to him, he comes under the protection of eccentric old Miss Haversham who wants him as a companion for her adopted child Estella.

Later on as an adult, he has a mysterious benefactor who provides him income enough to live as a gentlemen, something he fervently desired all his life. It seems to be a dream come true. But there are still quite a few bumps on Pip's road of life.

Charles Dickens despaired of the poverty he saw in early Victorian Great Britain. But he also knew that riches alone did not necessarily guarantee happiness. It didn't for Scrooge, for Ms. Havisham, and certainly not for John Mills as the adult Pip. Nor does it for Valerie Hobson who inherits Ms. Havisham's estate.

Mills and Hobson are a perfectly cast pair of leads in this version of Great Expectations. Alec Guinness began a long association with director David Lean as Herbert Pocket, Pip's friend and roommate.

Finlay Currie, the craggy Scot's player who usually played kindly old gentlemen, turns out to be kinder indeed than originally presented as convict Abel Magwitch. It's a different kind of part for him.

Martita Hunt as Ms. Havisham plays a part all to familiar to me. I had an elderly relative in my family a lot like her, bitter at the world and taking it out on all around her.

My favorite in the film though is Francis L. Sullivan. Usually Sullivan's characters are crooked and/or corrupt in most of his films. As attorney Jaggers who seems to have an unseen hand in all the proceedings he actually is working for the ultimate benefit of both of our leads.

In Dickens's world, wealth can corrupt as easily as poverty. It's the character inside you that counts and that fact is not better demonstrated than in this adaption of Great Expectations.

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