Drama | English | 118 minutes
When orphan Pip visits his parents’ graves, he encounters an escaped convict, Abel Magwitch, who coerces Pip to return the next day with a file so he can remove his chains. Pip returns the next day and brings Abel a file and some food. Pip is next told to go to Miss Havisham, a rich, bitter spinster to keep her company and play with her adopted daughter, Estella, a cruel teenager. Six years later, Miss Havisham’s lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, informs Pip that a mysterious benefactor has left Pip money so he can learn to be a gentleman with “great expectations.” Years later, Pip visits Estella living alone in the home she inherited from Miss Havisham. Pip expresses his love for Estella. His hope is that she reciprocates
Why Stream This Film?
Film critic Roger Ebert called Great Expectations “the greatest of all the Dickens films.”
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 90
- Academy Awards: Winner, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Guy Green); Nominated, Best Picture
National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
New York Film Critics: Nominated, Best Film
Great Expectations received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS does what few movies based on great books can do: creates pictures on the screen that do not clash with the images already existing in our minds.
The fullness of Dickens, of his stories and characters – his humor and pathos and vitality and all his brilliant command of atmosphere – has never been so illustrated as it is in this wonderful film. It is screen story-telling at its best.
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