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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Plane
Prisoner / Lustig
Jerry Ragno
Erica Thrall
Owen (as Gabriel Mick)
Finnegan at Age 10
Carter Macleish
Marla Sucharetza ...
Ruth Shepard
Isabelle Anderson ...
Lois Pope


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Let desire be your destiny.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£1,816,677 (UK) (8 May 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Real life painter Francesco Clemente created Finnegan Bell's artwork for the movie. See more »


While on the subway looking at Finn's sketch book, the blood on Lustig's fingers changes in amount and placement throughout the scene. See more »


Ms. Nora Digger Dinsmoor: [Watches young Finn and young Estella dance] Smile, Smile, Smile, Smile...
[to Finn]
Ms. Nora Digger Dinsmoor: Okay, don't smile.
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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 »


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a visual masterpiece
2 June 1999 | by (morristown, TN) – See all my reviews

Great Expectations is one of the few films that can incorporate stunning visuals, one of the best soundtracks to ever grace a film and simply characters that you truly care about by the end of the film.

It's true that the character development on the character of Finn is a little weak, but the characters of Estella and the over flamboyant and heartbroken Miss Dinnsmore certainly make up for Finn's minor flaws. Personally i found the film very enjoyable and immersive, and the incredibly imaginative cinematography will certainly keep anyone's attention as well.

This film is a stylish and brilliant remake of a classic and could almost be considered timeless compared to other recent attempts at "updating" the classics which fail in comparison(such as the recent failed attempt at romeo and juliet). Great Expectations is certainly worth a rental (or even purchase) for anyone that enjoys simply a good, immersive movie with some absolutely beautiful imagery.

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