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Great Expectations 

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Jean Simmons ...  Miss Havisham 6 episodes, 1991
John Rhys-Davies ...  Joe Gargery 6 episodes, 1991
Ray McAnally ...  Mr. Jaggers 6 episodes, 1991
Anthony Calf ...  Pip 6 episodes, 1991
Kim Thomson ...  Estella 6 episodes, 1991
Anthony Hopkins ...  Abel Magwitch 4 episodes, 1991
Martin Harvey ...  Young Pip 2 episodes, 1991
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Phillip Pirrip, known as Pip, meets a convict or two in a graveyard and sets into motion a series of events that lead him from a comfortable life in his brother-in-law's forge to a mysterious inheritance and his acquaintance with the eerie Miss Havisham, her beautiful ward Estella, and the unusual lawyer Jaggers. Written by Kathy Li

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English

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24 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandes esperanzas See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Stacy Keach was cast as Magwitch, but upon arriving in England, he was arrested for drug offenses. See more »

Quotes

Pip: I am as unhappy as you can ever have meant me to be.
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Great TV mini-series of Charles Dickens' classic!
20 September 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is a great adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, a TV mini-series about young Pip meeting two convicts in a graveyard, which leads to him meeting the mysterious Miss Havisham and her ward Estella.

I first saw this movie in my freshman English class in high school and, from what I remembered, it followed the novel pretty well. The actors were memorable and delivered solid performances, especially Jean Simmons as Miss Havisham and Anthony Hopkins as Magwich. The period setting and costumes were lavishly done and the story and plot flowed at a steady, but gripping pace, keeping the audience engaged. From what I remembered, my class enjoyed the movie.

Like many late 1960s to the 1980s movie/TV adaptations of famous novels, this TV mini-series of Great Expectations ranks high up there with 1968's Romeo and Juliet, 1982's Oliver Twist and 1988's April Morning. It's a good take on the novel and, if I were to select one film adaptation of the story to recommend, I would go with this one.

Grade B+


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