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Great Expectations

  • Drama
  • 1974
  • Joseph Hardy
  • 118 mins
  • U

Summary

Period drama starring Michael York, Sarah Miles and Margaret Leighton. Pip, a young orphan, is taken to the home of the reclusive Miss Havisham where he meets and falls in love with the beautiful but snobbish Estella. Several years later, an anonymous benefactor enters Pip's life enabling him to become a gentleman of "great expectations".

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Following the success of Carol Reed's version of Oliver Twist, it was only a matter of time before someone suggested another musical Dickens. Mercifully the songs were out - could you imagine It's a Kind of Magwitch? What's left is a retelling of Pip's progress in which the majority of scenes seem to be staged solely for the benefit of the big production number that never arrives and, consequently, tell this superbly crafted story in the most simplistic way. Only Margaret Leighton's Miss Havisham rings true, with Michael York (Pip), Sarah Miles (Estella) and James Mason (Magwitch) all miserably miscast.

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Credits

Cast

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PipMichael York
EstellaSarah Miles
Miss HavishamMargaret Leighton
MagwitchJames Mason
JaggersAnthony Quayle
PumblechookRobert Morley
BiddyHeather Sears
Joe GargeryJoss Ackland
Herbert PocketAndrew Ray
DrummleJames Faulkner

Crew

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DirectorJoseph Hardy

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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