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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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From unexpected privilege, to unexpected love, lies an unexpected mystery. 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:

UK | USA

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, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,656, 24 November 2013
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Young Pip is played by Toby Irvine, the younger brother of Jeremy Irvine. 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

Joe Gargery: London, what a place... Course I wouldn't keep a pig in it myself.
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Waltz in E Major
Written by Michael Pamer
Performed by The Philharmoic Orchestra
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Well-Planned Adaptation That Loses its Way a Little Towards the End
28 February 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Thematically speaking, Mike Newell's GREAT EXPECTATIONS depicts a world in which money talks: where rich n'er-do-wells such as Bentley Drummle (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) manage to find the girls of their choice, while fundamentally good people such as Pip (Toby/ Jeremy Irvine) end up unlucky. To survive in this world, Pip has to shed his humanity; this is especially evident in his offhand treatment of Joe Gargery (Jason Flemyng), when the blacksmith comes to visit him in London. Likewise Estella (Helena Barlow/ Holliday Granger) is brought up in a world where any display of emotion or human feeling is considered weak; hence she believes it is her destiny to marry Bentley, even though the couple are not in love with one another. The quintessential representative of this rapacious world is Jaggers (Robbie Coltrane), who believes that everything - including human beings - are to be bought and sold for money. Hence Joe Gargery should be happy to accept twenty-five guineas in exchange for Pip. Unless you've got money, you'll not have any Great Expectations. Newell's film is also very good at depicting the relationships between Pip, Estella and Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter) - although somewhat young for the role, Bonham Carter comes across as a fundamentally vindictive person, who enjoys playing with Estella and Pip's feelings in revenge for her own frustrations at being jilted on her wedding-day several years previously. As with most BBC- inspired costume dramas, the sense of place is beautifully evoked, even though Jim Clay's production designs; nineteenth-century London is a teeming, threatening world in which self-interest prevails. This is contrasted with the rural Kent coast where Joe and his sister (Sally Hawkins), a lonely world of sprawling landscapes and russet sunsets. Perhaps the only criticism that might be leveled at this adaptation is the fact that David Nicholls' screenplay runs out of steam somewhat: the plot-details are rather hurriedly wrapped up in the last half-hour at the expense of characterization and atmosphere. This is a shame, as it deflects out attention from the developing relationship between Pip and Abel Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes), which proves beyond doubt that compassion is far more significant than money to ensure human survival.


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