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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 <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Let desire be your destiny.


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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)


$26,333,044 (USA) (27 March 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ethan Hawke later dissed the film, calling it "a lousy experience". He added that he felt he had been talked into making the movie, something he realized about a month into shooting which was then too late for him to pull out. See more »


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 »


Ms. Nora Digger Dinsmoor: She'll only break your heart, it's a fact. And even though I warn you, even though I guarantee you that the girl will only hurt you terribly, you'll still pursue her. Ain't love grand?
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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 »


Version of Great Expectations (1967) See more »


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The Green World
10 December 2000 | by (Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

This movie, an absolute winner in many ways, lacked the recognition it deserved heavily, the wonderful green theme that runs throughout the movie makes it very pleasant for the viewing eye. Great Cinematography, Great Cast, Great music, add up to deliver a Great Movie which fulfils the viewers Great Expectations.

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