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Great Expectations (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 8 November 2013 (USA)
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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

Writers:

David Nicholls (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Irvine Toby Irvine ... Young Pip
Ralph Fiennes ... Magwitch
Jason Flemyng ... Joe Gargery
Sally Hawkins ... Mrs. Joe
William Ellis ... Compeyson
David Walliams ... Mr. Pumblechook
Bernice Stegers ... Mrs. Hubble
Tim Freeman Tim Freeman ... Mr. Wopsle
Alan Rushton Alan Rushton ... Mr. Hubble
Sheila Simpson Sheila Simpson ... Mrs. Wopsle
Ralph Ineson ... Sergeant
Steve Morphew ... Soldier
Helena Barlow Helena Barlow ... Young Estella
Richard James ... Cousin Raymond
Roberta Burton Roberta Burton ... Mrs. Raymond
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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.

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Prepare for a life of great expectations. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandes Esperanças See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,500, 10 November 2013

Gross USA:

$258,656

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,202,879
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Five actors in this film have played in the Harry Potter franchise: Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jessie Cave and Helena Barlow. See more »

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At the very beginning when Pip is running towards the camera he steps into a muddy hole where there seems to be large wide modern tyre marks. See more »

Quotes

Magwitch: [sneaking up behind] Hold your noise! Hold your noise you little devil, or I'll cut your throat! Tell us your name, quick.
Young Pip: I'm Pip.
Magwitch: Once more, give it mouth!
Young Pip: Pip.
Magwitch: Ssh.
[pushing the boy down]
Young Pip: Pip, Sir. Don't sir, please!
Magwitch: [turning him upside down] You've got wills on you, boy? You've got wills on ya!
Young Pip: No, sir.
Magwitch: [puts him back on his feet] Come here. What fat cheeks you've got. Darn me if I couldn't eat 'em. Where's your mother?
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Old Clem
Composed by Adam Langston
Lyrics by Charles Dickens
Performed by Jason Flemyng
[Joe sings while working in the forge]
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Dismal and disappointing
9 July 2016 | by LaDonnaKeskesSee all my reviews

This looks like another vanity vehicle for Ralph Fiennes--he's done Hamlet, he's done Harry Potter, he's done Eugene Onegin--let's do MAGWICH.

Since when is gentle Joe Garger ready to go fisticuffs with the man who wants to give Pip a better life? This guy looks like Keith Urban and acts like a thug. And why did they have to paint Pip's sister with such an evil child-abusing brush? And then there's Fiennes' Magwich, who is a scowling slimy fusterer with neither menace nor warmth. He stoops, he shuffles, he fumbles, but he's not convincing. The other characters are completely forgettable nonentities. Mike Newell's direction plunges his characters into almost total darkness, and as such there's nothing for the eye to watch, and very little worth listening to in the script.

There's entirely too much brawling and violence--and of course we HAVE to have the money shot in Miss Havisham's burnt-black face--in this movie that provides nothing but a nasty distraction to the story. And, of course, there is another tacked-on happy ending. I thought the movie would at least be as honest as Estella was with Pip.

Save your time and watch David Lean's most excellent version. Even with its tacked-on happy ending, it's just a better movie to watch, and Ralph Fiennes can't come within a mile of Finlay Currie, a genuinely frightening visage whose human heart is eventually revealed in a scene that still moves me to tears.

It's a star turn for Fiennes, whom I would think had better judgment.


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