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Great Expectations (1998)

Modernization of Charles Dickens classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York City pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love.

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Walter Plane
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Joe
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Jerry Ragno
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Maggie
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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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Carter Macleish
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Ruth Shepard
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Lois Pope
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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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love | gulf coast | florida | lawyer | girl | See All (41) »

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,593,290, 1 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,333,044, 29 March 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,494,066
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2.35 : 1
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In addition to co-writing, performing, and producing the song "Siren" especially for this film, Tori Amos provided the vocalizations (whistling, breaths, et cetera) that can be heard in the film's score. See more »

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During the beginning sequence where the young Finn is splashing through the shallow water, drawing in his notebook, you can see indentations in the page indicating where the creatures eye is to be drawn See more »

Quotes

Finn: That's a big cat! That's the biggest cat I've ever seen! What do you feed it?
Ms. Nora Digger Dinsmoor: Other cats.
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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 »

Connections

Version of Great Expectations (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Bésame Mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez
Performed by Steve Lawrence (as Steve) and Eydie Gormé (as Eydie)
Courtesy of MCA Records
by arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Very well made
16 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

I loved this film, it was simply well made for this modern time. I read the book by Charles Dickens and it is quite different, but very enjoyable.You never know do you? It was a bit confusing, I mean Gwyneth Paltrow's character, I guess you could say she was unique. And I understood Ethan Hawkes character perfectly. Wonderful film, I'd recommend it to anyone.


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