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Great Expectations (1974)





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This third talking-picture version of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations stars Michael York as Pip, the humble British lad whose aspirations to become a gentleman are financed by a mysterious benefactor. We first see young Pip (played by Simon Gipps-Kent) coming to the aid of escaped convict Magwitch (James Mason). Once this episode has apparently run its course, we find Pip the guest of the wealthy, reclusive, half-mad Miss Havisham (Margaret Leighton), and the worshipper-from-afar of Havisham's snooty niece Estella (played as both a teenager and an adult by Sarah Miles--breaking the usual cinematic tradition of casting two actresses in the role). This brief exposure to the finer things in life leads Pip on the winding road to betterment, with a few surprises in store for him. Great Expectations premiered November 22, 1974, as a Bell System Family Theatre presentation.

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Sarah Miles
as Estella
Margaret Leighton
as Miss Havisham
James Mason
as Abel Magwitch
Robert Morley
as Pumblechook
Joss Ackland
as Joe Gargery
Andrew Ray
as Herbert Pocket
Rachel Roberts
as Mrs. Gargery
Simon Gipps-Kent
as Pip, as a Boy
Maria Charlès
as Sarah Pocket
Elaine Garreau
as Cousin Camilla
Richard Beaumont
as Pocket, as a Boy
Erik Chitty
as Old Man
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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.

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