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9 May 1999 (USA) See more »
Young Pip is expected to become a blacksmith, but, hating the soot and smoke, he secretly dreams of becoming a gentleman... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Julian Jarrold 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Dickens  novel
Tony Marchant 

Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer
Melanie Howard .... associate producer
David Snodin .... producer
Michael Wearing .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Salem 
Cinematography by
David Odd 
Film Editing by
Chris Gill 
Casting by
Maureen Duff 
Gail Stevens 
Production Design by
Alice Normington 
Art Direction by
Charmian Adams 
Set Decoration by
Penny Crawford 
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
Makeup Department
Nicola Matthews .... makeup artist
Fran Needham .... makeup designer
Eve Wignall .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Fry .... third assistant director (as Christopher Fry)
Kayla Miller .... second assistant director
Amanda Neal .... first assistant director
Nathalie Wragg .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Christine Buttner .... graphic designer
James Fennessy .... painter
Grant Montgomery .... stand-by art director
Mitch Niclas .... stand-by propman
Dominic Roberts .... assistant art director
John Thorpe .... construction manager
Sound Department
Ant Bohun .... sound editor
Steve Fish .... boom operator (as Stephen Fish)
Richard Manton .... sound recordist
Bernard O'Reilly .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Colin Gorry .... visual effects designer
Gordon Seed .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Ellingworth .... grip
Wayne Mansell .... generator operator
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator
Barney Piercy .... clapper loader: second unit
Tony Wilcock .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrew Hunt .... wardrobe
Sharon Long .... costume assistant
Kay Manasseh .... assistant costume designer
Vanessa Munro .... costume assistant
Marion Weise .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Kevin Horsewood .... colorist
Music Department
Michael Haslam .... musician
Other crew
Jon Baker .... armorer
Charlotte Blair .... script supervisor
Jason Bulley .... underwater cameraman
Cody Dorkin .... adr voice
Lynn Grant .... location manager
Howard Kingston .... production executive
Anna Lewis .... production secretary
Emma Pill .... location manager
Cindy Thomson .... location manager: scotland
Samantha Vince .... production coordinator
Hannah Vincent .... script editor
Eve Walker .... assistant production accountant (as Eve Wheeler)

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Canada:168 min (Ontario)

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Miss Havisham:You cold, cold heart!
Estella:Do you reproach ME of being cold? I learned your lessons. I am what you have made me.
Miss Havisham:So proud!
Estella:Who taught me to be proud? Who told me that daylight would blight me, that I may not go out in it and now I cannot? I have never once been unfaithful to you or to your 'schooling'. I have never shown any weakness that I can charge myself with!
Miss Havisham:Would it be weakness to return respect? To return love?
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Version of Great Expectations (1934)See more »


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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A real Masterpiece from Masterpiece Theatre, 19 December 2004
Author: pekinman from Illinois

I have always enjoyed the old David Lean version in spite of the fact that it is so abridged and has a "Hollywood" happy ending. This version of 'Great Expectations' knocked me back by its fidelity to the original book... I had not expected to see it filmed with the bittersweet and ambiguous ending that is employed here with such a powerful effect.

There is nothing in the nature of the usual cinematic mawkishness that so often accompanies adaptations of Dickens books to film. Nothing exaggerated, nothing glossed over. The characters are flesh and blood and their emotions are vividly characterized by a wonderful cast of performers.

Ioan Gruffudd, Justine Waddell and Charlotte Rampling are fabulous as Pip, Estella and Miss Havisham. Rampling's Havisham is terrifying in her quiet way, like the ghost of a dead princess haunting her huge Satis House. Waddell's Estella is the truly tragic figure, as in the book. She has been prevented from developing the "loving mechanism" found in most human beings. Waddell's conveyance of this dilemma is profoundly moving. Gruffudd's highly responsive Pip is also deeply felt. Their younger counterparts, played by two wonderful young actors, Gabriel Thompson and Gemma Gregory, possess uncanny resemblances to Gruffudd and Waddell. One of the best transitions in time, as far as character development, I've ever seen.

The photography is utterly beautiful, the music haunting and memorable in its stark simplicity. It is rare that I notice the editing but this film is so perfectly put together that I took clear notice of the artistry at work in that department.

For Dickens addicts this film is a must for your collection; for lovers of great cinema I would say the same thing. This version of 'Great Expectations' SHOULD have been a major film release in the theaters. Even if it had been more than the four hours it takes in the TV adaption, longer even, I think it would have had a greater following than it enjoys.

Julian Jerrold's 'Great Expectations' joins the short list of the finest productions out of Masterpiece Theatre's stables, along with 'I Claudius', 'The Jewel in the Crown' and 'Brideshead Revisited.'

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