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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.

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Mitch Glazer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Finnegan Bell
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Estella
Hank Azaria ... Walter Plane
Chris Cooper ... Joe
Anne Bancroft ... Ms. Dinsmoor
Robert De Niro ... Prisoner / Lustig
Josh Mostel ... Jerry Ragno
Kim Dickens ... Maggie
Nell Campbell ... Erica Thrall
Gabriel Mann ... Owen (as Gabriel Mick)
Jeremy James Kissner ... Finnegan at Age 10
Raquel Beaudene ... Estella at Age 10
Stephen Spinella ... Carter Macleish
Marla Sucharetza ... Ruth Shepard
Isabelle Anderson Isabelle Anderson ... 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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Taglines:

Let desire be your destiny.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Ethan Hawke later admitted he was not fond of the story due to its main theme of classism but was intrigued by Alfonso Cuaron's artistic modernization of it and was eager to work with him and Robert DeNiro. He also notes that despite good reviews, it did not do well in the box office due to it being released during James Cameron's Titanic mania, but did rather well in the home rental market, VHS (and DVD) sales, and movie channel views. To this day, people still approach Ethan and tell him this is one of their favorite romantic movies. See more »

Goofs

When Arthur Lustig visits Finn, Finn gives him his address as 111 Greenwhich St., which is south of the World Trade Center. The nearest subway stop is the Rector St. 1/9 train. Yet when Finn takes Arthur to the subway, they end up at the J/M/Z Chambers St. stop. When a subway train does come, miraculously it is the G train, which is the only train in the system that does not enter Manhattan at all. In addition, none of the above mentioned trains would take Arthur to JFK, his stated destination, without at least one transfer. See more »

Quotes

Finn: What's it like not to feel anything?
Estella: Let's say there was a little girl, and from the time she could understand, she was taught to fear... let's say she was taught to fear daylight. She was taught that it was her enemy, that it would hurt her. And then one sunny day, you ask her to go outside and play and she won't. You can't be angry at her can you?
Finn: I knew that little girl and I saw the light in her eyes, and no matter what you say or do, that's still what I see.
Estella: We are who we are. People don't ...
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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 »

Connections

Version of Great Expectations (1959) See more »

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I Love Paris
Music by Cole Porter
Lyrics by Cole Porter
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Very well made
16 September 1998 | by Marcey13See all my reviews

I loved this film, it was simply well made for this modern time. I read the book by Charles Dickens and it is quite different, but very enjoyable.You never know do you? It was a bit confusing, I mean Gwyneth Paltrow's character, I guess you could say she was unique. And I understood Ethan Hawkes character perfectly. Wonderful film, I'd recommend it to anyone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,593,290, 1 February 1998

Gross USA:

$26,420,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,494,066
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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