7.2/10
1,656
15 user 2 critic

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
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

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 ... 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
Learn more

More Like This 

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
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
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
Great Expectations (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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

Stars: Jean Simmons, John Rhys-Davies, Ray McAnally
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
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
Great Expectations (TV Mini-Series 1981)
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.

Stars: Gerry Sundquist, Tim Munro, Derek Francis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

Stars: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 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
The Woman in White (TV Movie 1997)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Based upon Wilkie Collins' Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Fywell
Stars: Tara Fitzgerald, Justine Waddell, Andrew Lincoln
Little Dorrit (2008)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

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."
See more »

Connections

Remade as Great Expectations (2012) See more »

User Reviews

 
Subtly changed version
1 May 2007 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

This is quite a good version, but be prepared for some oddities. The main one that Pip is made less nice than usual. His friendship with Joe is made to seem particularly one-sided, and he is extra reluctant to help Magwitch on the latter's return. Both young and older Pip are well played -- Gabriel Thomson deserves particular praise -- but we never feel that we really know the character. This is perhaps the main defect of this version. The voice-over in the old David Lean version was helpful there.

I personally don't like Charlotte Rampling as Miss Havisham. The role should not have been glamourised. Dickens does not do glamour. Estella is good however. Compare this performance with the oversweet Estella of the David Lean film.

By the way, this version has an excellent Herbert Pocket. The goody-goody characters in Dickens are not easy to play without sugary sentimentality, but Daniel Evans' Herbert really lives.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed