A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
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 Miss Havisham (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Joe Gargery (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Mr. Jaggers (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Pip (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Estella (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Abel Magwitch (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Young Pip (2 episodes, 1991)
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Phillip Pirrip, known as Pip, meets a convict or two in a graveyard and sets into motion a series of events that lead him from a comfortable life in his brother-in-law's forge to a mysterious inheritance and his acquaintance with the eerie Miss Havisham, her beautiful ward Estella, and the unusual lawyer Jaggers. Written by Kathy Li

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24 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Stacy Keach was cast as Magwitch, but upon arriving in England, he was arrested for drug offenses. See more »

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Pip: I am as unhappy as you can ever have meant me to be.
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Hopkins is Brilliant in the Mini-Series
10 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even in a lengthier presentation like this, there are elements of the story left out. Everyone knows the story of Phillip Pirrip (Pip) who grows up with his nasty, vengeful sister, and his Uncle Joe, the kind, patient one. Pip is assaulted in a graveyard by a convict named Magwitch (Anthony Hopkins) who threatens him and his family if he doesn't bring him food. Pip manages this at great expense to himself and Joe. The opposite of Pip's situation is the home of Estella, who lives with her Aunt (Miss Havisham) who was left at the altar in her youth and has never recovered. She is very rich but powerful and unhappy woman who taunts Pip's poverty by throwing Estella at him. Estella is a snob and, of course, Pip falls in love with her. The story then involves Pip becoming a gentleman (I think that means a guy that doesn't have to work for a living). He becomes a ward and believes it is Miss Havisham that is supplying his finances. There are numerous turns of events as Pip's "great expectations" are affected by gale force winds. The acting is excellent with a host of wonderful characters. I actually enjoyed this more than the David Lean film.


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