Great Expectations
Great Expectations (1947)

This adaptation of the Charles Dickens' epic is a masterful telling of the tale of a young, penniless orphan who is made into a wealthy, well-mannered gentleman through the efforts of a mysterious benefactor. Where most Dickens films… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 12, 1999
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Variety Staff

Only rabid Dickensians will find fault with the present adaptation, and paradoxically only lovers of Dickens will derive maximum pleasure from the film.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

[A] glowing illumination of the warm and deliciously surprising tale.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Dickens' suspenseful tale a great classic for 10+.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The graveyard scene is still a shocker, the details are still astonishingly well assembled, and the performances are wonderful.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[It] has been called the greatest of all the Dickens films, and [it] 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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

When David Lean adapted one of the all-time great novels to the screen, he never forgot he was making a movie.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

David Lean's black-and-white masterpiece may be a whirlwind tour of Dickens' novel, but what a well-performed, economic and atmospheric tour it is.

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Dan Jardine

With characters so vividly drawn, their ambitions and disappointments are keenly felt

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Lean fills Great Expectations with a wealth of visual detail and vivid characters and personalities... and he directs with a warmth and humor...

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
As someone who was never a big fan of the source book this version is a decent and relatively faithful rendition of it. John Mills is far too old to play Pip… More
Cassandra Maples
The term 'classic' is often banded about with regard to films but I feel this one does warrant the term. A masterpiece of film-making by one of the… More
Jeremy Smith
The one and only Great Expectations movie all the rest do not live up to the book.
Red Lats
It is interesting watching 60 year old classic movies in B&W. I actually had not read this Dickens' classic yet, so I was introduced to the story by… More
Randy Tippy
The absolute BEST adaptation of Charles Dickens ever put on film.
Luke Baldock
Lean certainly understood the art of adaptation. Not only were he and Noel Coward kindrid spirits but Lean also had an affinity for the works of Charles… More