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Great Expectations (1998)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  30 January 1998 (USA)
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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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Prisoner / Lustig
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Jerry Ragno
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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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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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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grandes esperanzas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£672,376 (UK) (17 April 1998)

Gross:

£1,816,677 (UK) (8 May 1998)
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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 »

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When Finn is holding Lustig on the subway, there is nothing on the floor of the train. When Lustig asks Finn to grab his suitcase for him, there it is on the floor, next to the knife, neither of which were seen in the first shot. See more »

Quotes

Finn: What's it like not to feel anything?
Estella: Let's say there was a little girl, and from the time she could understand, she was taught to fear... let's say she was taught to fear daylight. She was taught that it was her enemy, that it would hurt her. And then one sunny day, you ask her to go outside and play and she won't. You can't be angry at her can you?
Finn: I knew that little girl and I saw the light in her eyes, and no matter what you say or do, that's still what I see.
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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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Bésame Mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez
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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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