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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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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

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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 »

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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Miss Havisham: You cold, cold heart!
Estella: Do you reproach ME of being cold? I learned your lessons. I am what you have made me.
Miss Havisham: So proud!
Estella: Who taught me to be proud? Who told me that daylight would blight me, that I may not go out in it and now I cannot? I have never once been unfaithful to you or to your 'schooling'. I have never shown any weakness that I can charge myself with!
Miss Havisham: Would it be weakness to return respect? To return love?
Estella: 'Love'?
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Version of As Grandes Esperanças (1961) See more »

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Stunning
22 April 1999 | by Kate-71See all my reviews

This absorbing adaptation is a pleasure to watch. Inevitably some of the nuances of the novel, such as the turning of Pip from his roots, are made abrupt in this three hour adaptation. The acting is superb and not overly mannered. Ian McDiarmid makes a complex Jaggers, and Charlotte Rampling is ravishing and vulnerable as Miss Havisham. There are fine performances from familiar actors as Joe and as Abel as well. Ioan Gruffudd is a stunning Pip. An ideal romantic hero, as we have already seen in the Hornblower series, he is physically stunning and manages to act as well. (For my liking a bit more smoldering wouldn't go amiss.) I enjoyed his reading of Latin to Abel with a Welsh accent!


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