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Great Expectations (1998)

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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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$26,333,044 (USA) (27 March 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Estella comes to Finn's hotel room to have him paint her, the soles of his feet are black. When Finn chases after her and gets into the taxi, his feet are clean. See more »

Quotes

Ms. Nora Digger Dinsmoor: [Watches young Finn and young Estella dance] Smile, Smile, Smile, Smile...
[to Finn]
Ms. Nora Digger Dinsmoor: Okay, don't smile.
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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: The Untold Story (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Break My Back
Written by Alan Mirikitani
Performed by Buddha Heads (as Buddah Heads)
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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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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