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      Great Expectations

      TV-PG 1974 2 hr. 4 min. Drama List
      Reviews 51% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Pip (Michael York) is a blacksmith's apprentice who one night runs afoul of escaped prisoner Magwitch (James Mason). Pip helps him, but Magwitch is nevertheless caught. Not long after, Pip's neighbor, Miss Havisham (Margaret Leighton), invites him over to meet her daughter, Estella (Sarah Miles). Pip develops a strong attraction, but Estella merely regards him as a plaything. It's not until Pip inherits a fortune from an anonymous patron that he's able to rise socially and pursue her in earnest. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Audience Member Considering this is a television reproduction of the Charles Dickens classic novel, it is surprisingly good. Even more surprising it was supposed to be a musical, but the filmmakers completely cut the music, and it does not show. The problem is that the Dickens story and the main character, Pip, is most frustrating, undoing much of the good efforts. It is a classic coming of age tale divided into three parts. First, we meet a youthful boy amidst a difficult life of a laboring family. An eccentric wealthy old woman pays Pip to play with a rich girl, Estella, for her entertainment. He immediately falls for her and her luxurious lifestyle, even though she treats him like garbage. Later as a young man, he seeks to rise above his current poverty to a life of riches where he can win Estella's affection. Amazingly, he encounters an offer of a large sum of money from an anonymous donor to become a refined gentleman, just as he wanted. After becoming a distinguished man of class, he learns where his money comes from and feels disillusioned with his phony lifestyle. He matures as a man but at no point puts this despicably proud woman out of his thoughts. The characters and the situation are interesting, but the values I identify with are not. Pip's unwavering love for Estella is largely for her superficial lifestyle, but he does not realize this or rise above her. The acting and direction are good but with a frustrating main character like this, it is hard to like it. It is a fine movie, but I blame the shortcomings on Charles Dickens and his characters. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Since I'm on the kick of reviewing the films of my favorite Dickens story, here's the first one I ever saw and I believe it was on Masterpiece Theatre (I know it was PBS) back in the day. Hard to fault the sincerity in which this was made, although the usually great Michael York was just a bit dull and James Mason didn't really possess the danger of a convict. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member James Mason a great Magwitch, Miss Havisham brilliantly creepy. Not a lover of Sarah Miles as Estella though. Movie from my childhood. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Fairly dry and mostly dull telling of the classic Charles Dickens tale. Interesting enough, if you haven't read the book, but there are much better adaptations out there. Or just read the book. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Good acting from York, but other than that, I didn't care for this movie. It's slow and boring and predictable. The book is probably better. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This is also the version that I grew up with and adored - although not artistically very strong. Beautiful score from Maurice Jarre. I just love Michael York, Margaret Leighton and Sarah Miles. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Pip (Michael York) is a blacksmith's apprentice who one night runs afoul of escaped prisoner Magwitch (James Mason). Pip helps him, but Magwitch is nevertheless caught. Not long after, Pip's neighbor, Miss Havisham (Margaret Leighton), invites him over to meet her daughter, Estella (Sarah Miles). Pip develops a strong attraction, but Estella merely regards him as a plaything. It's not until Pip inherits a fortune from an anonymous patron that he's able to rise socially and pursue her in earnest.
      Director
      Joseph Hardy
      Production Co
      Incorporated Television Company
      Rating
      TV-PG
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 23, 2017
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