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  (in credits order)
Toby Irvine ... Young Pip

Jason Flemyng ... Joe Gargery

William Ellis ... Compeyson

David Walliams ... Mr. Pumblechook
Bernice Stegers ... Mrs. Hubble
Tim Freeman ... Mr. Wopsle
Alan Rushton ... Mr. Hubble
Sheila Simpson ... Mrs. Wopsle

Ralph Ineson ... Sergeant

Steve Morphew ... Soldier
Helena Barlow ... Young Estella

Richard James ... Cousin Raymond
Roberta Burton ... Mrs. Raymond

Bebe Cave ... Young Biddy

Pooky Quesnel ... Sarah Pocket
Kate Lock ... Camilla Pocket

Robbie Coltrane ... Jaggers

Charlie Callaghan ... Young Herbert

Jeremy Irvine ... Pip

Jessie Cave ... Biddy

Ewen Bremner ... Wemmick

Olly Alexander ... Herbert Pocket

Daniel Weyman ... Arthur Havisham
Joe Jameson ... Bullfinch

Ben Lloyd-Hughes ... Bentley Drummle

Tom Ward-Thomas ... Finch
Harry Kershaw ... Finch
Edward Fisher ... Finch
Nick Pelly-Fry ... Finch
Andrew Rowe ... Finch
Duncan Leigh ... Finch

Sophie Rundle ... Clara
Frank Dunne ... Aged P

Tamzin Outhwaite ... Molly
Zac Mattoon O'Brien ... Pepper

Holliday Grainger ... Estella
Ruby Garvey ... Infant Estella
Peter Greed ... Porter

Gary Arthurs ... River Policeman

Malcolm Tierney ... Judge

Ronnie Fox ... Bailiff One

Nick Bartlett ... Bailiff Two
Edward Fleming ... Charles Pocket
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Helena Bonham Carter ... Miss Havisham

Ralph Fiennes ... Magwitch

Sally Hawkins ... Mrs. Joe

Kate Hefferman ... Tripe Shop Proprietor

David G. Robinson ... Smithfiled Butcher
Matt Abercromby ... Finch (uncredited)

Lasco Atkins ... London Solicitor (uncredited)

Pablo Bubar ... Estate Agent's Assistant (uncredited)

Nellie Burroughes ... Mrs. Compeyson (uncredited)
Jason Daly ... Rascal (uncredited)
Filippo Delaunay ... Ball Guest (uncredited)

Shonn Gregory ... (uncredited)

Evelyn James ... Blind Man's Sister (uncredited)

Tom Machell ... Finch (uncredited)

Dale Mercer ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Patrick Moorhouse ... Barrister (uncredited)

Jimmy Pethrus ... Mr. Jagger's Office Doorman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mike Newell 
Writing credits
David Nicholls (screenplay)

Charles Dickens (novel)

Produced by
Alexis Bishop .... co-executive producer
Laurie Borg .... co-producer
Cliff Curtis .... executive producer
Jana Edelbaum .... executive producer
David Faigenblum .... producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer
C.C. Hang .... executive producer
Ed Hart .... executive producer
Lee Hodgkinson .... post production producer
Zygi Kamasa .... executive producer
Elizabeth Karlsen .... producer
Harrison Kordestani .... executive producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Charlotte Larsen .... executive producer (as Charlotte Larson)
Caroline Levy .... line producer: additional photography
Norman Merry .... executive producer
Emanuel Michael .... producer
Arti Modi .... co-executive producer
Mike Newell .... executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
John Mathieson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tariq Anwar 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Jim Clay 
Art Direction by
Dominic Masters (supervising art director)
Mike Stallion 
Set Decoration by
Caroline Smith 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
Makeup Department
Farah Beegun .... contact lens optician
Zoe Brown .... hair stylist
Zoe Brown .... makeup artist
Sally Rose Davidson .... hair trainee (as Sally Davidson)
Sally Rose Davidson .... makeup trainee (as Sally Davidson)
Hannah Edwards .... hair stylist (as Hannah Poppy Edwards)
Hannah Edwards .... makeup artist (as Hannah Poppy Edwards)
Marc Pilcher .... hair stylist
Marc Pilcher .... makeup artist
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Julia Vernon .... crowd hair supervisor
Julia Vernon .... crowd makeup supervisor
Georgie Whittle .... crowd makeup and hair trainee (as Georgina Whittle)
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician (uncredited)
Soleil Jackson .... crowd makeup junior: dailies (uncredited)
Alexandra Joyce .... daily crowd trainee (uncredited)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (uncredited)
Kristyan Mallett .... prosthetics supplier (uncredited)
Alex Rouse .... wig maker (uncredited)
Amanda Rudkin .... junior make up artist: dailies (uncredited)
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens coordinator (uncredited)
Production Management
Charlotte Ashby .... production manager: additional photography
Alison Banks .... production manager
Polly Duval .... post-production supervisor
David Taylor .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Cain .... first assistant director: second unit
Mark Cockren .... crowd third assistant director
Ben Howard .... second assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Shaun O'Dell .... second unit director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Sarah Jean Selway .... second assistant director: second unit (as Sarah Brand)
Art Department
Alex Abelman .... carpenter
Zakira Begum .... art department work experience
Marc Beros .... hod scenic painter
Jane Brodie .... art department work experience
Dan Clay .... art department assistant
Emma Clough .... art department assistant
Lily Currie .... painter
Jordana Finkel .... draughtsman
Dave Fisher .... chargehand standby props
Dean Fisher .... standby props
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist
Caitlin Murray Jones .... scenic textile artist (as Caitlin Murray)
Maryam Mojtabavi .... art department work experience
Garry Moore .... standby carpenter
Philippa Mumford .... art department work experience
Sophie Neil .... art department assistant
Danny O'Keefe .... props
Paul Pattison .... art department trainee
Nick Pelham .... storyboard artist
Mike Rawlings .... props
Quinn Robinson .... stand-by art director
Alex Rutherford .... prop modeller
Chris Seddon .... drapesmaster
Jamie Shelley .... painter
Alice Shymansky .... art department work experience
Nick Slater .... carpenter
Stephen Swain .... assistant art director
Tim Timmington .... painter
Rebecca Todd .... petty cash buyer
Rebecca Wood .... props
Jackie Yau .... production buyer
Toby Browne .... junior propman (uncredited)
Daisy Moseley .... art department daily assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Atkins .... adr mixer
Ben Cross .... foley mixer
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Christian Joyce .... production sound mixer: splinter unit
Peter Lindsay .... production sound mixer
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Alastair Sirkett .... sound effects editor
Sam Southwick .... supervising dialogue editor
Michael Lee Taylor .... sound assistant
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer/editor
Ian Waggott .... foley artist
Ian Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Yanti Windrich .... assistant re-recording mixer
Paul Wrightson .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects senior technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Peter Kersey .... special effects senior technician
Dickon Mitchell .... special effects workshop supervisor
David Holt .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dave Bannister .... digital compositor
Chris Bentley .... titles coordinator
Lizzie Bentley .... matte painter
Louise Brand .... head of operations: 4DMax
Emma Braney .... visual effects artist
James Clarke .... head of DI
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects
James Elster .... digital compositor
Sean Farrow .... visual effects supervisor
Ales Gargulak .... digital compositor
Michael Harrison .... digital compositor
Duncan Lees .... head of 3D services: 4DMax
Ivan Lima .... junior compositor: Lipsync Post
Philippe Ludivig .... digital compositor
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator
Jane Paton .... digital compositor
Andy Quinn .... digital compositor
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects producer
Ruggero Tomasino .... compositor: Lipsync Post
Daniel Tomlinson .... scanning & recording manager
Thomas Waddington .... digital lab operator
Sheila Wickens .... visual effects supervisor
Harry Wormald .... digital matte painter
Gary Arthurs .... stunt performer
Andy Bennett .... stunt coordinator
Annabel Canaven .... stunt double
James Cox .... stunt performer
Levan Doran .... stunt double: Magwitch
Levan Doran .... stunt performer
Paul Kennington .... stunt performer
Andy Merchant .... stunts
Andy Piers Morris .... stunt performer
Matt Sherren .... stunt performer
Arran Topham .... stunt double: Jeremy Irvine
Martin Wilde .... stunt double: William Ellis
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... key grip
Jacob Barrie .... second assistant camera: dailies
David Broadfoot .... rigger
Jim Crowther .... b camera grip
Simon Cullen .... electrical rigger
Sean Davis .... electrician
Chris Dowling .... gaffer: second unit
Oliver Driscoll .... first assistant camera: second unit
Paul Edwards .... steadicam operator
Tom Elgar .... video operator: dailies
Harry Elvin .... crane technician dailies
Darren Flindall .... rigger
Harry Gamble .... camera trainee
Alan Hall .... second assistant camera: second unit
Darren Holland .... key grip: second unit
Tommy Holman .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Lewis Hume .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lewis Hume .... second assistant camera
Simon Hume .... first assistant camera
Alison Lai .... second assistant camera: dailies
Alan Martin .... gaffer
Gary Moore .... electrician
James Nesbitt .... electrician
Shaun O'Dell .... director of photography: second unit
James Paul Thomas .... video playback assistant
Chris Plevin .... camera operator: "b" camera
James Sams .... trainee grip
Neil Tomlin .... crane/head technician dailies
Zoe Whittaker .... video operator
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Rosalind Drury .... extras casting
Miranda Howard-Williams .... casting assistant
Candy Marlowe .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Drewett .... crowd costume supervisor
Christian Goddard .... costumer
Tina Nail .... textile designer
Péter Palotás .... dresser
Peter Paul .... costume supervisor
Amy Pollitt .... costume stand-by
Michael Rockett .... head cutter
Fliss Wyatt .... costume trainee
Editorial Department
Jens Baylis .... assistant editor
Billy A. Campbell .... assembly editor
Lee Clappison .... on-line film editor
Paul Ensby .... digital colourist
Lisa Jordan .... senior post producer: LipSync Post
Todd Kleparski .... senior digital intermediate producer
Jamie Payne .... colorist: dailies
Darren Perry .... editor trainee
Music Department
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor
Robert Houston .... on-set music preparation
Steve Price .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Hefin Jones .... facilities driver
Kevin Jones .... facilities driver
Rod Patterson .... facilities captain
Ken Price .... driver: main unit camera truck
Other crew
Victoria Jane Appleton .... body double: Estella
Matthew Baker .... for hanway films
Tom Barnes .... location assistant
Sam Barnett .... additional set production assistant
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialogue coach
Jo Cameron Brown .... voice coach
Tom Cochrane .... marine coordinator
Dave Curtis .... technical supporter
Alex Darby .... location assistant: additional photography
Sam Dent .... horse master
Jason Devil .... on-set security
Jo Fernihough .... unit publicist
Sartaj Garewal .... voice
Chiara Gelardin .... for HanWay Films
Gwen Gorst .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Gray .... assistant location manager
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales
Annie Hitchcock .... set production assistant
William Hunter Howell .... location scout
Amy Irvine .... stand-in
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Kitty Kaletsky .... assistant: Elizabeth Karlsen
Claire L. Kenny .... assistant accountant
Jen Lambert .... unit medic (as Jennifer Lambert)
Joanna Laurie .... assistant to Stephen Woolley
Kate Lawrence .... development executive
Aimee Macpherson .... assistant: Mr Newell
Richard Mansell .... for HanWay Films
Michela Marini .... additional set production assistant
Andy Piers Morris .... safety diver
Steve Mortimore .... location manager: additional photography
Ali Moshref .... production executive: completion guarantor
Peter Ogunsalu .... for Number 9 Films
Mark Payne .... horse rider
Alexander Phoenix .... systems administrator
Rachel Plose .... production accountant
John Prendergast .... assistant location manager
Matt Rigg .... assistant: David Faigenblum
Barnaby Riggs .... key set production assistant
Christine Samways .... assistant accountant
Albert Sharpe .... epk: producer/director
Arthur Shepherd .... stand in/set runner
Neil Swain .... dialect coach
Eve Swannell .... production coordinator
Jack Timbrell .... production secretary
Rob Townsend .... fire safety officer
Sarah Townsend .... floor runner: dalies
Patrick Waggett .... additional floor runner: second unit
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Dan Whitty .... location manager
Ben Hope .... security (uncredited)
Gareth Lewis .... additional floor runner: dailies (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images
128 min
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great expectations just about met, 14 April 2013
Author: Emma_Stewart from United States

The past few years have seen an increase in creative adaptations of classic novels. Mike Newell's Great Expectations may seem uninspired compared to challenging and inventive films like Anna Karenina or Wuthering Heights, down to the easy casting of Helena Bonham Carter as a crazy old woman and a score that sometimes sounds lifted piece by piece from Pride & Prejudice. Newell surprises, though, and has imagined a solid and remarkably captivating and evocative counterpart.

For those who never took freshman year English, Great Expectations is the story of a common orphan, Pip (Toby and Jeremy Irvine), who lives with his horrid shrew of a sister (Sally Hawkins)and kind-hearted father figure husband (an excellent Jason Flemyng). One day, Pip runs into an escaped convict (Ralph Fiennes) who terrifies him into stealing food and a file; the convict takes a liking to him before he is recaptured and taken away.

Pip is later selected by neighborhood freak Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter, stretching herself) to play with her adopted daughter Estella (Helena Barlow and Holliday Grainger). He believes Miss Havisham wants to mold him into a gentleman so he can marry and provide for Estella, until she helps him become a blacksmith and bids him goodbye. Years later, Pip falls into a large fortune from an anonymous benefactor, and after making himself presentable, he returns to Estella.

I've been careful to limit my excitement since Newell's involvement was announced. 20 years ago he would have been the perfect choice, but after he attempted to make an action scene out of every dramatic beat in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and bastardized the poetic beauty of Love in the Time of Cholera, I'd lost faith. Great Expectations, though, is a return to form for a once-upon-a-time master of the genre. While it occasionally suffers from genre confusion (Bonham Carter's scenes play out more comedically than they perhaps should have), his habit of making things more action-y than they really are actually enhances the material here - the fire and boat scene are a thousand times more adrenaline- packed than in the novel - and the enthralling pacing, expertly crafted visuals, and lively dialogue and performances add up to a very fine film.

The visual aspects deserve special mention for how much they bring to the movie. It feels as if the cinematography and art direction are working to illustrate and expand on the writing, rather than simply constructing a picturesque background (which Newell was guilty of in Cholera). Scenes at Pip's home look heavenly, with golden lightning and wide shots making his world look endless and welcoming. By contrast, when he becomes a gentleman, close-ups, dreary costumes and dark, windowless rooms contribute to a more claustrophobic and icy atmosphere. The cleverness of the lighting is particularly pronounced when Pip and Estella reunite after years: we see a close-up of Irvine, with only darkness behind him, then one of Grainger in a hallway lit by brassy lanterns, positioned almost as if they are lighting a path for him to follow. The last time we see Estella, as a changed woman open to Pip's affections, is the first time we see her in a wide open space. These visual cues are simple and unintrusive, but enhance subtext and recreate the poetry of Dickens' novel.

Irvine is a capable and likable enough lead, but the film belongs to the supporting cast. Bonham Carter's interpretation of Miss Havisham is intriguing, if not perfectly executed. It recalls her performance in Big Fish, where she toes the line between outlandish and pathetic. Grainger's Estella is beautifully acted - her delivery of "I am what you made me" is chilling. Jessie Cave and particularly Jason Flemyng give adorably heartfelt and rustic performances, while Olly Alexander is hilarious and brings heaps of life to a normally dull character. The true star, though, is Ralph Fiennes. It's a shame this didn't get an Oscar push, because with a strong narrative and a proper campaign, he could have been a serious threat. Fiennes completely sinks into his character; there isn't a trace of his past performances as well-groomed, eloquent gentleman. He's frightening and savage, but oddly sympathetic, and in his more intimate scenes he absolutely devastates. There are memories of an entire life behind his eyes. Without a doubt this is one of his best performances and sadly it seems it will go unrecognized.

It's not quite a perfect film - it's very short and so some characters and themes get lost in the shuffle, and certain tonal shifts feel jarring and inappropriate - but it's a damn good one. Newell seems to have finally found a functional dynamic for a period piece, a happy balance between contemplative and spirited. Due as well to his phenomenal cast and production team, he's done a wonderful job of bringing a difficult and gloomy novel to life.

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