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Great Expectations (1999)

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

Director:

Julian Jarrold

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Tony Marchant
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Pip
Justine Waddell ... Estella
Charlotte Rampling ... Miss Havisham
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Aikman ... Young Biddy
Nicholas Blane ... Wopsle
Selina Cadell ... Sarah Pocket
Jo Cameron Brown ... Miss Skiffins
Emma Cunniffe ... Biddy
Tony Curran ... Orlick
Laurence Dobiesz Laurence Dobiesz ... Young Herbert
Leo Dolan Leo Dolan ... Sheriff's Officer
Sarah Durham ... Maid
Michael Eaves ... Police Officer
Daniel Evans ... Herbert Pocket
Gemma Gregory Gemma Gregory ... Young Estella
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Young Pip is expected to become a blacksmith, but, hating the soot and smoke, he secretly dreams of becoming a gentleman. When he meets the mysterious Miss Havisham and her haughty niece Estella, Pip is confident that his dream is to come true. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

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Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandes Esperanças See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakham, Rutland, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Herbert Pocket: [after meeting Magwitch at Pip's apartment] "Have I the pleasure of meeting Mr. Joe Gargery, then? You are not as Pip describes you."
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Captivating and beautiful
2 August 1999 | by kimmbSee all my reviews

I've seen some three or four adaptations of this classic novel, and I honestly think that this is one of the best out there. The settings are appropriately dark and in keeping with Dickens' bleak writing, a shining example being Miss Havisham's mansion. The acting is perfectly superb; Ioan Gruffudd is most definitely one of the best finds of the past few years. Ian McDiaramid is wonderful as usual, and Gruffudd's Titanic castmate Bernard Hill (that movie's Captain EJ Smith) is a great Magwitch. Keep your eye on Ioan, I predict great things! His performance is outstanding, down to the replacing of his own Welsh accent with Pip's distinctive lower-class English one. Lovely filming, great direction and wonderful acting make this a great addition to the already distinguished collection of the BBC.


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