Great Expectations

Great Expectations

DVD - 1999
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Based on Charles Dickens' novel, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams come true, everything done has the ultimate goal of making Estella fall in love with him.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c1999
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD GRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 30, 2013

This modern-day rendition of Dickens' famous novel on the big screen is based on a much simplified plot, hence missing much details. While the idea may be novel, the execution of it falls short of my 'expectation'. I am disappointed as director Alfonso Cuaron can do much better work.

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juliekal
Aug 15, 2011

People who have not read Charles Dickens' novel will likely not fully appreciate the brilliance of the modern re-telling of this classic tale of boy-meets-girl, albeit with a shocking Dickensian twist. Hawke's 'Pip', naive artist Finn Bell, is played exceptionally sensitively, and Anne Bancroft is deliciously over-the-top as the eccentric Dinsmore. As an artist and dreamer, this is one of my all-time favorites and I watch it often.

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