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Great Expectations (1974)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 22 November 1974
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director:

Joseph Hardy

Writers:

Sherman Yellen (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael York ... Pip
Sarah Miles ... Estella
James Mason ... Magwitch
Margaret Leighton ... Miss Havisham
Robert Morley ... Pumblechook
Anthony Quayle ... Jaggers
Joss Ackland ... Joe / Joe Gargery
Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Joe / Mrs. Gargery
Heather Sears ... Biddy
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Pocket / Herbert Pocket
Simon Gipps-Kent Simon Gipps-Kent ... Pip / Young Pip
James Faulkner ... Bently Drummle
Sam Kydd ... Scarred Convict
Peter Bull ... Wemmeck
John Clive John Clive ... Mr. Wopsle
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Storyline

Charles Dickens' classic tale of Pip, a poor orphan who befriends an escaped convict and who grows up in the company of a bitter old woman, Miss Havisham, and her haughty young ward, Estella. Pip learns the rewards of both vindictiveness and gratitude as a result of these events. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büyük umutlar See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Showtime)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby System Noise Reduction - High Fidelity Optical Sound Track)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Heather Sears (Biddy). See more »

Quotes

Jaggers: [to Pip] For whose sake would you reveal this?...
Pip: For Estella's sake! If Drummle knew, he'd never marry her!
Jaggers: Ah, you'd save her, is that it? You'd drag her into disgrace after twenty years? She's chosen her own life and Drummle - remember that! Oh, if you must save someone, I think you might look a little closer to home.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Beginning 1830 See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown in the U.S. was cut to 103 minutes to make room for commercials. The European version, meant for movie theatres, is more than twenty minutes longer. As of 2010, the full-length European version has begun to be shown on cable TV in the U.S. See more »

Connections

Version of Great Expectations (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by John M. Neale and Thomas Helmore
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Mediocre retelling of the classic Dickens' tale.
27 December 2000 | by sam1784See all my reviews

Having not read the book "Great Expectations," I don't feel comfortable discussing its faithfulness to Dickens' novel. However, I think that I can critique its worth as a movie. There are some good performances in it; Anthony Quayle is an effective Jaggers, he has that lawyer's edge, and he does bite his index finger at people (sometimes). Joss Ackland is a likable Joe. But the emotion of the movie is too far below the soaring Jarre score to be compelling. Maurice Jarre's wonderful music is a major reason behind the success of scenes in "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia," but of course he is helped by excellent acting and direction(or maybe vice-versa). Unfortunately, neither the acting or the directing is up to that level. With its romantic crescendo, the final scene did make my eyes misty, but I was listening more to the music more than watching the character's interaction. 'Made for television' about sums up the quality of this production.


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