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Great Expectations (1974)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 22 November 1974
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director:

Joseph Hardy

Writers:

Sherman Yellen (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael York ... Pip
Sarah Miles ... Estella
James Mason ... Magwitch
Margaret Leighton ... Miss Havisham
Robert Morley ... Pumblechook
Anthony Quayle ... Jaggers
Joss Ackland ... Joe / Joe Gargery
Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Joe / Mrs. Gargery
Heather Sears ... Biddy
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Pocket / Herbert Pocket
Simon Gipps-Kent Simon Gipps-Kent ... Pip / Young Pip
James Faulkner ... Bently Drummle
Sam Kydd ... Scarred Convict
Peter Bull ... Wemmeck
John Clive John Clive ... Mr. Wopsle
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Storyline

Charles Dickens' classic tale of Pip, a poor orphan who befriends an escaped convict and who grows up in the company of a bitter old woman, Miss Havisham, and her haughty young ward, Estella. Pip learns the rewards of both vindictiveness and gratitude as a result of these events. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büyük umutlar See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Showtime)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby System Noise Reduction - High Fidelity Optical Sound Track)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed as a musical, but the songs were abandoned seven weeks into filming. According to Michael York they interrupted the narrative flow. See more »

Goofs

At the dance when Estella returns to her seat one of her suitors says "Miss Estella, remember you promised me the next dance?" another suitor says "Nonsense, I have your solemn promise you'd save the next dance for me" - Immediately after this there is an audible fart. See more »

Quotes

Jaggers: [to Pip] For whose sake would you reveal this?...
Pip: For Estella's sake! If Drummle knew, he'd never marry her!
Jaggers: Ah, you'd save her, is that it? You'd drag her into disgrace after twenty years? She's chosen her own life and Drummle - remember that! Oh, if you must save someone, I think you might look a little closer to home.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Beginning 1830 See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown in the U.S. was cut to 103 minutes to make room for commercials. The European version, meant for movie theatres, is more than twenty minutes longer. As of 2010, the full-length European version has begun to be shown on cable TV in the U.S. See more »

Connections

Version of Great Expectations (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by John M. Neale and Thomas Helmore
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Good adaptation of the Dickens classic
5 January 2007 | by frankiehudsonSee all my reviews

I got this film a tiny price in the Silver Classics series from Woolworths, at £2.79 cheaper than the local video shop (even if it were available, which is unlikely) and it surprised me.

Michael York as superb as the adult Pip, as is Joss Ackland as the humble Joe Gargery and Anthony Quayle as Jaggers, the rather cynical London lawyer. James Mason is good as the well-meaning convict, Abel Magwitch.

There don't appear to be any outside shots - all studio work - which is a shame, but the sets are brilliantly done, particularly the Blue Ball inn back by Romney and the marshes, and the stage coach office with its sign for 'Newhaven, Dartmouth, Plymouth'.

Of course, Sarah Miles has always been a remarkable beauty and she doesn't fail here either as Estella, boxed up in Satis House.

Overall, I would prefer the famous David Lean version, but this is still well worth watching.


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