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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


In his book, "What Just Happened?", producer Art Linson reveals that the narration in the movie was written by David Mamet. It was done for free, on the condition that nobody ever find out he did it. 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 »


Finn: if this isn't love, I don't think I can handle the real thing
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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 »


References Sólo con tu pareja (1991) See more »


Let It Go
Words and Music by Louis Natale (as Lou Natale)
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Just what I expected.
29 March 1999 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I went into Great Expectations with high hopes. The story has always been one of my favorites and I couldn't wait too see what they had done with it. The film is beautiful. It is very rich in color and scope. The cinematography was outstanding and the direction was solid. The acting was brillant all around. Robert De Niro is in the movie only briefly, but brings respect to a role that could be just a flash in the pan for anyone else. Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow are great and Chris Cooper turns in a very subtle but powerful performance as Finn's guardian. The film left me feeling good, what more could you ask for in a movie?

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