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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 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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From the best loved story by Charles Dickens See more »

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

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Trivia

Helena Bonham Carter stated in an interview that she wore only one shoe for the filming of Great Expectations, as in the book, Dickens described Miss Havisham as wearing only one shoe. See more »

Goofs

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

Miss Havisham: [angrily] Who am I to be kind?
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Version of Great Expectations (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

The Harmonious Blacksmith
(uncredited)
By George Frideric Handel
[Herbert Pocket hums]
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Faithful version - good despite some casting mistakes ie Helena Bonham Carter
3 June 2013 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

It's time a big screen faithful color version of Great Expectations was made as an update to the Black & White David Lean classic and supersede the mediocre television adaptations. Forget about the Gwyneth Paltrow nonsense. Comparisons with the previous versions are inevitable. David Lean's version is the most magical with the wide eyed John Mills and the beautiful Jean Simmons and remains the best. The worst was the 2011 BBC version with youthful Gillian Anderson as Ms Havisham and an Estella that wasn't pretty and a Pip that was too pretty.

In this version, Ralph Fiennes was intense and watchable if not the most convict like. Pip was well cast. Jeremy Irvine is earnest and pleasant looking while not being too handsome which would have been wrong. Jason Fleyming was bit too dignified and not blue collar enough for blacksmith Joe Gargery. They went very wrong with the women. Helena Bonham was too perky and silly looking. She acted as she does in Tim Burton's movies snapping her dialog out in her clipped way. She made a joke of the role. Some one older like Helen Mirren or Cate Blanchett would have been better. Estella wasn't well cast. The younger Estella was a bit common looking and her ginger hair was jarring. Holiday Grainger was too round faced. While she is pretty from some angles, she wasn't haughty enough. Her looks are more Renaissance - hence the Borgias, than 19th Century.

As far as direction, there is a more intense in your face feel which was a bit too crowded sometimes. Some of the action is too much in shadows and crucial dialog rushed. The screenplay is good - faithful and fairly complete. Cinematography is good in the rural areas but scenes of London were too ugly.

Overall it's worth a watch despite the miscasting.


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Release Date:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$88,500, 10 November 2013

Gross USA:

$258,656

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,202,879
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