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Release Date:
24 July 1989 (USA) See more »
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. Full summary »
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 7)

Jean Simmons ... Miss Havisham (6 episodes, 1991)

John Rhys-Davies ... Joe Gargery (6 episodes, 1991)

Ray McAnally ... Mr. Jaggers (6 episodes, 1991)

Anthony Calf ... Pip (6 episodes, 1991)

Kim Thomson ... Estella (6 episodes, 1991)

Anthony Hopkins ... Abel Magwitch (4 episodes, 1991)

Series Directed by
Kevin Connor (1 episode, 1991)
Series Writing credits
Charles Dickens (1 episode, 1991)
John Goldsmith (1 episode, 1991)

Series Produced by
Carol Rubin .... executive producer (1 episode, 1991)
Greg Smith .... producer (1 episode, 1991)

Patrick Dromgoole .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Johnny Goodman .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Ken Thorne (1 episode, 1991)
Series Cinematography by
Douglas Milsome (1 episode, 1991)
Series Film Editing by
Barry Peters (1 episode, 1991)
Series Casting by
Allan Foenander (unknown episodes)
Jose Villaverde (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Keith Wilson (1 episode, 1991)
Series Art Direction by
Stephen Bream (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Eithne Fennel .... chief hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Eddie Knight .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Terry Lens .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
David Middlemas .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy P. Stevens .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Kevin Westley .... additional third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Andrew Wood .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Steve Pugh .... stand-by stagehand (6 episodes, 1991)

Mark Fruin .... chargehand stand-by propman (unknown episodes, 1989)
Keith Carey .... stand-by rigger (unknown episodes)
Malcolm Keen .... stand-by painter (unknown episodes)
Daren Reynolds .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Mark Reynolds .... props (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor (1 episode, 1991)

Keith Batten .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (unknown episodes)
Laurie Clarkson .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Jeff Clifford .... special effects foreman (unknown episodes)
Terence J. Cox .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Brian Lince .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Alan Martin .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Stephen Morley .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Nigel Seal .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dave Croucher .... costumes (unknown episodes)
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
Joyce Stoneman .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Helen Eley .... associate editor (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Micky Moynihan .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
John Sparks .... transportation captain (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Other crew
Victor Glynn .... studio executive (6 episodes, 1991)

Matthew Sharp .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Gerry Wheatley .... production accountant (unknown episodes)

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USA:303 min | UK:60 min (6 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Stacy Keach was cast as Magwitch, but upon arriving in England, he was arrested for drug offenses.See more »
Pip:Out of my thoughts. You're part of my existence. Part of my self. To the last hour of my life you cannot choose but to remain part of my character. Part of the little good in me. Part of the evil. You're in every line I've ever read. Every prospect I've seen since I've been here. In the river. The sails of the ships. The marshes. The clouds. The wind. The woods. The sea. The streets. In light and darkness, you're there. The embodiment of all that's beautiful and graceful..."See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fondly recalled, 7 June 2003
Author: ctomvelu from usa

Very comprehensive and involving Disney version of classic Dickens' novel, highlighted by two outstanding performances: Hopkins as Magwitch and Simmons as Miss Haversham. The young man playing Pip isn't bad, either. If I had to pick a version to introduce youngsters to this story, this would definitely be it.

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