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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

John Mills
Director: David Lean Cast: John Mills
John Mills
, Valerie Hobson
Valerie Hobson
, Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
David Lean

DVD (Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1 / Black & White / Mono)

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Immediately grabbing the audience's attention with a heart-stopping opening scene in a dark graveyard, acclaimed British director David Lean fully realizes the cinematic potential of Charles Dickens' classic 1861 novel, and the result is not only one of the finest literary adaptations ever made but also one of the greatest British films of all time. Expertly crystallized into a tight 118-minute running time by Lean, Ronald Neame, and a corps of uncredited contributors, this is the story of young Pip, a lad of humble means whose training as a gentleman is bankrolled by a mysterious benefactor. Along the way, Pip falls in love with the fickle Estrella, befriends the cheerfully insouciant Herbert Pocket, has memorable encounters with the escaped convict Magwitch and the lunatic dowager Miss Havisham, and almost (but not quite) forgets his modest origins as the foster son of kindhearted blacksmith Joe Gargery. The role of Pip is evenly and convincingly divided between Anthony Wager as a child and John Mills as an adult; Alec Guinness makes his starring film debut as the jaunty Pocket; Jean Simmons and Valerie Hobson are costarred as the younger and older Estrella; and Martita Hunt is unforgettable as the mad Miss Havisham ("It's a fine cake! A wedding cake! MINE!") Remade several times, Great Expectations resurfaced in 1989 as a TV miniseries, with Jean Simmons, originally the young Estrella, tearing a passion to tatters as Miss Havisham; and in 1998 it was remade again, in a contemporary version, with Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert DeNiro, and Anne Bancroft soaring far over the top in the Miss Havisham role.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/1999
UPC: 0037429128022
Original Release: 1946
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 15,916

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Mills Pip
Valerie Hobson Estella/Her Mother
Finlay Currie Abel Magwitch
Francis L. Sullivan Jaggers
Alec Guinness Herbert Pocket
Jean Simmons Estella as a girl
Ivor Barnard Wemmick
Freda Jackson Mrs. Joe
Martita Hunt Miss Havisham
Bernard Miles Joe Gargery
Hay Petrie Uncle Pumblechook
Everley Gregg Sarah Pocket
George Hayes Compeyson
Torin Thatcher Bentley Drummil
Anthony Wager Pip as a boy
Grace Denbeigh-Russell Mrs. Wopsle
John Forrest Herbert as a boy,The Pale Young Gentleman
Eileen Erskine Biddy
O.B. Clarence The Aged Parent
John Burch Mr. Wopsle
Richard George Sergeant
Frank Atkinson Mike
Gordon Begg Night Porter
Edie Martin Mrs. Whimple
Walford Hyden Dancing Master

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Screenwriter
John Bryan Production Designer
Walter Goehr Score Composer
Guy Green Cinematographer
Jack Harris Editor
Sophia Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Havelock-Allan Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Cecil McGivern Screenwriter
Ronald Neame Producer,Screenwriter
George Pollock Asst. Director
Wilfred Shingleton Art Director
Norman Spencer Production Manager
Kay Walsh Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. Logos [:14]
2. Opening Credits [1:19]
3. A Fearful Man, All in Coarse Grey [3:54]
4. Mrs. Joe on a Rampage [2:46]
5. Somebody Else's Pork Pie [5:03]
6. A Gift From Mr. Pumblechook [2:07]
7. "Convicts Escaping!" [3:46]
8. "She Wants Him to Come and Play." [3:11]
9. The Strangest Lady I Ever Met [5:19]
10. "A Great Bride-Cake. Mine!" [3:41]
11. "You May Kiss Me if You Like." [2:27]
12. A Blessing to the Household [1:43]
13. My Boyhood Had Ended [3:28]
14. "Pip Has Great Expectations" [3:21]
15. "You Will Always Keep the Name of Pip" [3:25]
16. The Immensity of London [1:45]
17. Mr. Jaggers [1:47]
18. Mr. Pip, Mr. Pocket [2:51]
19. Concering Miss Havisham [3:14]
20. "Congratulations, Mr. Pip" [3:09]
21. A Gentleman and a Snob [1:10]
22. A Self-Swindler [3:59]
23. More Bright and Beautiful Than Ever [3:04]
24. Concerning Moths [4:59]
25. A Mysterious Visitor [7:08]
26. "Nothing on Looks, Everything On Evidence" [2:18]
27. A Confession [5:19]
28. A Whirl of Fire [2:10]
29. An Urgent Message [5:53]
30. "A Dark Time in My Life" [3:07]
31. "You Have an Escaped Convict Here" [4:12]
32. Prisoners at the Bar [4:31]
33. "Dear Boy" [3:25]
34. "You're Home, Dear Old Pip" [2:26]
35. Away From the World [3:40]
36. Out of the Ruined Place [2:09]

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