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Great Expectations (1999)

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

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Young Pip is expected to become a blacksmith, but, hating the soot and smoke, he secretly dreams of becoming a gentleman. When he meets the mysterious Miss Havisham and her haughty niece Estella, Pip is confident that his dream is to come true. Written by Anonymous

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Herbert Pocket: [after meeting Magwitch at Pip's apartment] "Have I the pleasure of meeting Mr. Joe Gargery, then? You are not as Pip describes you."
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Stunning
22 April 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This absorbing adaptation is a pleasure to watch. Inevitably some of the nuances of the novel, such as the turning of Pip from his roots, are made abrupt in this three hour adaptation. The acting is superb and not overly mannered. Ian McDiarmid makes a complex Jaggers, and Charlotte Rampling is ravishing and vulnerable as Miss Havisham. There are fine performances from familiar actors as Joe and as Abel as well. Ioan Gruffudd is a stunning Pip. An ideal romantic hero, as we have already seen in the Hornblower series, he is physically stunning and manages to act as well. (For my liking a bit more smoldering wouldn't go amiss.) I enjoyed his reading of Latin to Abel with a Welsh accent!


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