Great Expectations

6.81 h 51 min1998X-RayR
In this modernization of the Charles Dickens classic, an aloof Estella holds Finn's fascination - and has since youth. As an adult, Finn becomes obsessed with turning his hardscrabble life into a success all to gain Estella's love.
Alfonso Cuaron
Ethan HawkeGwyneth PaltrowHank Azaria
English [CC]
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Chris CooperAnne BancroftRobert De NiroJosh MostelKim DickensNell CampbellGabriel MickJeremy James KissnerRaquel BeaudeneStephen Spinella
Art Linson
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Mike SReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not even remotely close to the book
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Sometimes it's good when they director gets with modern authors to tune up a story especially a classic like Dickens. It's happened probably twice. All the other times, it's a bunch of cliches, drug induced drama that you have to be high to get into it. This was utterly stupid. I'm sure the writers and the director thought they are artistic as *&*& but it was just a bad, bad movie that wandered around, got lost, and then found a nice corner to cry in until the credits rolled. Horrible. Next time, stick to what makes a classic a classic. You're not Dickens!
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TBReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
unrealistic and unlikeable characters
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The characters were unlikeable, mostly cold, and could barely carry on conversations with each other. Unrealistic behavior as well. It was tedious. Guess we were supposed to be dazzled by the cinematography.
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CharlieReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Film; Great Directing, Cinematography, Acting, Writing, Music, and Much More!
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This was one of the very best films I saw during 2018. Every actor in this film did a wonderful job, and at least part of the credit for that has to go to the director, Alfonso Cuarón. All the actors, from the major roles to the smallest roles, were compelling in their credibility in this romantic atmospheric film.
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jReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
As expected
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I love the original Dicken's classic novel and I remember loving this remake when I was in my twenties. Watching it 20+ yrs later I see how corny it is in comparison to the original but a nice remembrance of my youth. Watched it with my 17yr old which was a little embarrassing, oof, not a good idea btw.
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LisaReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Oh, I love this movie
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Fell in love with the old mansion the first time I saw the movie. Actually ended up standing on the stone patio of Paradisio Purduto (otherwise known as the home of John Ringling) in Sarasota Florida. I had no idea that this was wear the filming of this movie took place. I knew it when I looked out to the Gulf of Mexico from the patio. The home has been renovated and restored since it's original state was that shown in the movie. The beautiful chandelier still hangings in the main salon. History of this house is just as amazing as the love story itself. I told my husband that if he loved me, he would buy me Paradisio Purduto.....which means....lost paradise. Add this to your movie collection
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Levon BedrosianReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
There is Much to Like.
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It has been several weeks since I watched this motion picture. The studio, producers, director, and actors did an excellent job in this updated modern adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. The novel finds itself in the England of the early and mid 1800s. The basic story line and theme is roughly similar in both media formats, and there are also obviously vast differences. The modern version takes place in Florida and New York City. tt begins with the evolution of a young boy, abandoned by his parents, and raised by a sympathetic and caring live-in boy friend of his useless and philandering older sister. The lad has a natural talent for drawing, which ultimately brings him fame and financial success as a young adult . Yet the trail to that success is a most convoluted one with many surprising twists and turns. There is sufficient nudity to attract most voyeurs. The movie ends ...... but I cannot state how. Watch it and find out.
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James BeatonReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dickens in the New World
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I have seen all the adaptations of Dickens' novel, and I believe this is among the three best. The acting/characterization of David Lean's b&w version is unsurpassed, and the authentic visualizations of Julian Jarrold's (Masterpiece Theater) rendering are superb. But Cuaron's "transportation" of the novel to a Florida/Gulf Coast fishing village, along with the invention of Finn (Pip) as a young artist - to say nothing of the explicit dramatization of the sexual motives so energetically suppressed by Dickens - sheds new and vivid light on the story. Yes, the "light" is relentlessly green (it goes with the setting and with the theme), but it's beautifully composed. Mitch Glaser's screenplay anchors the film perfectly, and the casting (Hawke, Paltrow, DiNiro, Cooper, Bancroft, Azaria) could not be more persuasive. Is it Dickens? Only Dickens is Dickens; even the celebrated David Lean abbreviated the text. But Cuaron's re-creation of Dickens' story preserves all the essentials of the original while brilliantly illuminating others (Pip the "writer" of his own story becomes Finn the "artist" of his own experience). That said, students looking to take short-cuts should be warned against viewing this film - especially this film - as a substitute for reading the novel: both have their distinctive pleasures, but Cuaron as an artist challenges the master rather than submitting to him.
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DJ Velocity43Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
great film
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Good 90's film. Story is much better than the original they try to get you to read in high school. This is a modern approach with modernized names, language, locations, etc. Movie follows Finn (Pip in former version) who goes to the "crazy old Mrs. Dinsmore's" home and meets her granddaughter, Stella. He falls for her instantly and the movie follows him continually trying to chase and win her over, usually to be disappointed. Finn is a "great artist" but some of the images aren't that great to me. Still the storyline is good and the characters are believable.
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