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Great Expectations (1998)

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

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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Grandes esperanzas  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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£1,816,677 (UK) (8 May 1998)
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Real life painter Francesco Clemente created Finnegan Bell's artwork for the movie. 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 »

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Finn: It's my heart, and its broken.
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A Creative "Attempt" at a Literary Masterpiece
16 November 1999 | by (Maple Ridge, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Hollywood and the movie industry have made many bold moves over the past decade in bringing to life old classics. None however have been done more boldly than the remoulding of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and Charles Dicken's Great Expectations. Both are daring attempts to rebirth a storyline from the distant past, as a tale told in our modern times. I say attempt because in both cases, as good a job the cast and crew did, there was something lacking in these new renditions. Great Expectations, the movie, lacks many qualities that make the novel a success. It cannot be said to be a total loss, the basic elements are intact, it is only the embellishments Charles Dickens developed in the novel to make the story more realistic that are missing.

One success, I must admit that I observed while watching the film was the rich visual setting. Although not taking presented in the same place, or era Great Expectations, the movie, is a feast for the eyes. It captivates the mind with beautiful shots of the rural Florida coast life, and yet still retains the jumbled, rundown atmosphere that is described of Pip's small birthplace in a small English town. These qualities of squalor are evident in the impoverished coastal fishing village of the movie. The best achievement in cinematography, is the in-depth views of Pardiso Perduto, a sister mansion to the decaying Satis house of the novel. Even the scenes of New York, the city of "expectations" for our youthful protagonist, Finn, has contrasting aspects of rich beauty and unsightly slums that the London of the nineteen century demonstrated. This is the most major achievement for the film; to capture on film a most ingenious modern equivalent of Charles Dicken's astute descriptions.

Unlike some attempts to revamp literary successes the movie at least retains some of the dignity of Dicken's work. The core of his novel is intact within the screenplay. Also many ingenious ideas were used in some plot changes, and cinematography. Overall it is not a bad representation of the novel.


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