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Great Expectations (1998)

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Modernization of Charles Dickens classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love.

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Walter Plane
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Joe
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Prisoner / Lustig
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Jerry Ragno
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Maggie
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Erica Thrall
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Owen (as Gabriel Mick)
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Finnegan at Age 10
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Carter Macleish
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Ruth Shepard
Isabelle Anderson ...
Lois Pope
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Storyline

Based on Charles Dickens' timeless tale, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams come true, everything done has the ultimate goal of making Estella fall in love with him... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Let desire be your destiny.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grandes esperanzas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,593,290 (USA) (30 January 1998)

Gross:

$26,333,044 (USA) (27 March 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main character is named "Pip" in Charles Dickens's novel. But it was felt that the name would sound strange in modern times. The character was named "Finn" after Ethan Hawke's dog. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Lustig is shown on TV, the commentator mentions Lustig is due for death by lethal injection. Florida only began offering lethal injection relatively recently. When Finn was a boy, the method would have been the electric chair. See more »

Quotes

Finn: The night all of my dreams came true, and like all happy endings,It was a tragedy, Of my device, for I succeeded. I had cut myself loose from Joe, from the past, from the gulf, from poverty I had invented myself. I'd done it cruelly, but I had done it. I was free!
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Crazy Credits

The credits are accompanied by images of all the artwork drawn by Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke). They run the entire duration of credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Great Expectations (1981) See more »

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Bésame Mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez
Performed by Pedro Vargas
Courtesy of BMG U.S. Latin
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It will change the way you think.
11 May 1999 | by (Apopka, FL) – See all my reviews

I can't say enough about this movie....viewing should be required by law. It's absolutely amazing. I found the entire movie outstanding. Even the sex scenes were done tastefully. It is a great love story, a tragedy, and for me it offered excellent insight into my own life....something Hollywood rarely does.


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