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Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Mystery | 22 May 1947 (USA)
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

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Mr. Wemmick
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Pip, a good-natured, gullible young orphan, lives with kind blacksmith Joe Gargery and his bossy, abusive wife 'Mrs. Joe'. When the boy finds two hidden escaped galley convicts, he obeys under -probably unnecessary- threat of a horrible death to bring the criminals food he must steal at peril of more caning from the battle-ax. Just when Pip fears to get it really good while they have guests, a soldier comes for Joe who takes Pip along as assistant to work on the chains of escaped galley-convicts, who are soon caught. The better-natured one takes the blame for the stolen food. Later Pip is invited to became the playmate of Estelle, the equally arrogant adoptive daughter of gloomy, filthy rich Miss Havisham at her estate, who actually has 'permission' to break the kind kid's heart; being the only pretty girl he ever saw, she wins his heart forever, even after a mysterious benefactor pays through a lawyer for his education and a rich allowance, so he can become a snob in London, by now '... Written by KGF Vissers

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£350,000 (estimated)
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Alec Guinness was very nervous and self-conscious when he started filming, as he found his wig to be particularly uncomfortable. See more »

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As Joe says goodbye to Pip after dinner with Herbert, Joe's fake eyebrows are loose. See more »

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Mr. Jaggers: Now, Pip: put the case that this legal advisor has often seen children tried at the criminal bar. Put the case that he has known them to be habitually imprisoned, whipped, neglected, cast out, neglected, cast out, qualified in all ways for the hangman, and growing up to be hanged. Put the case that here was one pretty little child out of the heap that could be saved. Put that last case to yourself very carefully, Pip.
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It is a very beautiful movie
14 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a very beautiful movie. Why? Very simple, actually.

1) The script is a masterful adaptation of a powerful novel. The dialogue is beautifully written, and often very powerful.

2) The acting is uniformly first rate. The actors, especially John Mills, know how to deliver great lines with powerful effect. They also know that great acting includes the ability to pause for necessary silences. Listen to how they deliver the lines.

3) The direction is first rate as well, as is the Oscar-winning cinematography. It's a joy to look at, and the pacing, never rushed, is wonderful.

These three qualities come together to make a masterpiece.


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