7.6/10
334
5 user

Great Expectations 

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1991  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Great Expectations (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Justine Waddell, Charlotte Rampling
Great Expectations (TV Movie 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Joseph Hardy
Stars: Michael York, Sarah Miles, James Mason
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

9 year old 'Pip' Pirrip, an orphan living with relatives, aids and befriends an escaped convict on the moors, an act that will have a profound effect on his life.

Director: Stuart Walker
Stars: Henry Hull, Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt
Great Expectations (TV Mini-Series 1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Stars: Gerry Sundquist, Tim Munro, Derek Francis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Graham McLaren
Stars: Jack Ellis, Christopher Ellison, Paula Wilcox
Great Expectations (2011–2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.

Stars: Douglas Booth, Jack Roth, Ray Winstone
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean
Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager
One Man's War (TV Movie 1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Based on true events: a Paraguayan doctor and his family seek justice for his son, who was tortured to death by the dictatorial regime of Alfredo Stroessner.

Director: Sergio Toledo
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Norma Aleandro, Fernanda Torres
Great Expectations (TV Series 1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Stars: Gary Bond, Francesca Annis, Maxine Audley
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Toby Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Directors: Robert G. Vignola, Paul West
Stars: Jack Pickford, Louise Huff, Frank Losee
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jean Simmons ...  Miss Havisham 6 episodes, 1991
John Rhys-Davies ...  Joe Gargery 6 episodes, 1991
Ray McAnally ...  Mr. Jaggers 6 episodes, 1991
Anthony Calf ...  Pip 6 episodes, 1991
Kim Thomson ...  Estella 6 episodes, 1991
Anthony Hopkins ...  Abel Magwitch 4 episodes, 1991
Martin Harvey ...  Young Pip 2 episodes, 1991
Edit

Storyline

Phillip "Pip" Pirrip (Anthony Calf) meets a convict or two in a graveyard and sets into motion a series of events that lead him from a comfortable life in his brother-in-law's forge to a mysterious inheritance and his acquaintance with the eerie Miss Havisham (Jean Simmons), her beautiful ward Estella (Kim Thomson), and the unusual lawyer Mr. Jaggers (Ray McAnally). Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandes esperanzas See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jean Simmons (Miss Havisham) previously played the young Estella in Great Expectations (1946). See more »

Quotes

Pip: Out of my thoughts. You're part of my existence. Part of my self. To the last hour of my life you cannot choose but to remain part of my character. Part of the little good in me. Part of the evil. You're in every line I've ever read. Every prospect I've seen since I've been here. In the river. The sails of the ships. The marshes. The clouds. The wind. The woods. The sea. The streets. In light and darkness, you're there. The embodiment of all that's beautiful and graceful..."
See more »

Connections

Version of Great Expectations (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great TV mini-series of Charles Dickens' classic!
20 September 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is a great adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, a TV mini-series about young Pip meeting two convicts in a graveyard, which leads to him meeting the mysterious Miss Havisham and her ward Estella.

I first saw this movie in my freshman English class in high school and, from what I remembered, it followed the novel pretty well. The actors were memorable and delivered solid performances, especially Jean Simmons as Miss Havisham and Anthony Hopkins as Magwich. The period setting and costumes were lavishly done and the story and plot flowed at a steady, but gripping pace, keeping the audience engaged. From what I remembered, my class enjoyed the movie.

Like many late 1960s to the 1980s movie/TV adaptations of famous novels, this TV mini-series of Great Expectations ranks high up there with 1968's Romeo and Juliet, 1982's Oliver Twist and 1988's April Morning. It's a good take on the novel and, if I were to select one film adaptation of the story to recommend, I would go with this one.

Grade B+


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed