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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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Pip:It seems that these past few years I have been harbouring an illusion. More than one, in fact... And you humoured them. You led me on...
Miss Havisham:Yes, I let you go on.
Pip:Was that kind?
Miss Havisham:Who am I, for God's sake, that I should be kind?
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Version of "Great Expectations" (1989)See more »


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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Poor Execution, 27 July 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

`Great Expectations' is the best of Charles Dickens's novels. Maybe it's the best novel that there is. It's certainly a novel where every incident is important - so there is no excuse for a TV version being a miserable three hours long. If they HAD to truncate it, though, then there's no help for it: some valuable scenes must be removed.

What they've done instead is to sort of leave everything in, but skate over it all at high speed. It's as if they've simply left out every other sentence. The opening encounter with Magwitch in the churchyard is conveyed without being shown at all. We get a few seconds of terror, then a cut to later that evening, and then we're shown a bit more of the crucial scene in flashback - only just enough to understand what is going on, if that. (Don't even get me STARTED on the ludicrous editing, or the self-consciously arty camera angles.) Some scenes have been re-written. The result is usually awful.

Is this just the complaint of someone who has read the book, and finds the filmed version to be different? No: rather the reverse. If you haven't read the book you'll have a much harder time than I did even making sense of things; and you won't, as I did, have any particular reason to care about the characters.

For instance: the central character is Pip. Anyone who has read the book knows how close Dickens brings us to him. Not once in this version are we, so to speak, introduced to Pip. No scene lasts long enough - he does not confide in any other character long enough - for us to get a sense of his motivations or a reason to continue to sympathise with him after he does something shameful. What's more, the mature Pip is an utter disaster. The re-writing of key encounters with Miss Havisham, Orlick, and Estella (that's right - all three) makes Pip out to be more thoughtless, more cowardly, more vindictive and less intelligent than Dickens makes him out to be. (Note that Dickens doesn't make him out to be vindictive at all.) If we care what happens to him at all it's only because we have even less reason to care what happens to anyone else.

I've only scratched the surface - it's bad all the way through. I will, though, allow that many of the actors give excellent performances under trying circumstances. (I can't warm at all to Ioan Gruffudd as the mature Pip, but that was probably the script.) That's about it. I can't even recommend this as the best TV version going, since the Disney series of 1989 (a decent five hours long) is all that one could wish for. With that version in existence this one was just a waste of everyone's time. Don't make it a waste of yours.

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