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Great Expectations (1998)

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Modernization of Charles Dickens classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York City pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love.

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Walter Plane
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Joe
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Jerry Ragno
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Maggie
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Erica Thrall
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Owen (as Gabriel Mick)
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Finnegan at Age 10
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Carter Macleish
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Ruth Shepard
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Lois Pope
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Storyline

Based on Charles Dickens' timeless tale, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams come true, everything done has the ultimate goal of making Estella fall in love with him... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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love | gulf coast | florida | lawyer | girl | See All (41) »

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Let desire be your destiny.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grandes esperanzas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,593,290, 1 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,333,044, 29 March 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,494,066
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2.35 : 1
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In addition to co-writing, performing, and producing the song "Siren" especially for this film, Tori Amos provided the vocalizations (whistling, breaths, et cetera) that can be heard in the film's score. See more »

Goofs

While on the subway looking at Finn's sketch book, the blood on Lustig's fingers changes in amount and placement throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Prisoner: You bite your nails? It's a bad habit. People always tell you that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Bullshit. It's your hands, that's the sign of a gentleman.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are accompanied by images of all the artwork drawn by Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke). They run the entire duration of credits. See more »

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Version of South Park: Pip (2000) See more »

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Written by Pulp and Patrick Doyle
Performed by Pulp
Produced by Chris Thomas
Pulp appears courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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Just what I expected.
29 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

I went into Great Expectations with high hopes. The story has always been one of my favorites and I couldn't wait too see what they had done with it. The film is beautiful. It is very rich in color and scope. The cinematography was outstanding and the direction was solid. The acting was brillant all around. Robert De Niro is in the movie only briefly, but brings respect to a role that could be just a flash in the pan for anyone else. Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow are great and Chris Cooper turns in a very subtle but powerful performance as Finn's guardian. The film left me feeling good, what more could you ask for in a movie?


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