Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Cast: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria


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Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess) directed this Mitch Glazer screenplay, a modernization of the 1860-61 classic by Charles Dickens. Some situations in the film are presented as memories -- the way the central figure, Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke) recalls events many years later. At a Florida fishing village, eight-year-old orphan Finn Bell (Jeremy James Kissner), talented at art, is left in the care of his sister and her husband, Joe (Chris Cooper). One day, Finn helps a chained, escaped convict who appears in the surf. On other days, he visits Paradiso Perduto, where he plays with young Estella (Raquel Beaudene), niece of the mansion's colorful, flamboyant, and extremely wealthy owner, Ms. Dinsmoor (Anne Bancroft), who parallels the novel's tragic Miss Havisham, a woman jilted at the altar and left emotionally scarred and mentally imbalanced. As Ms. Dinsmoor watches Finn draw a portrait of Estella, she plots to mold Estella into a hard woman capable of destroying men. In a flash forward to the '90s, Finn (Hawke) and Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow), now in their late teens, re-create the water-fountain kiss of their childhood, but Estella vanishes, breaking Finn's heart to such a degree that he doesn't draw or paint for seven years, choosing to eke out a marginal existence with his uncle Joe (after Finn's sister abandons the two). Then Manhattan art representative Jerry Ragno (Josh Mostel) turns up with a startling offer -- if Finn will return to painting and relocate in New York, Ragno will give him a one-man show. With an apparent assist from Ms. Dinsmoor, Finn makes the move and begins his new life with great expectations and a deadline of 10 weeks to complete the necessary paintings. When Finn next encounters Estella, she has a wealthy boyfriend, Walter (Hank Azaria). As Finn once again becomes entranced by Estella, he also begins to question exactly how his life is being manipulated. Francesco Clemente did the paintings and drawings seen in the film. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
UPC: 0024543001331
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 6,958

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ethan Hawke Finnegan Bell
Gwyneth Paltrow Estella
Hank Azaria Walter Plane
Chris Cooper Joe
Anne Bancroft Ms. Dinsmoor
Robert De Niro Lustig, Prisoner
Josh Mostel Jerry Ragno
Kim Dickens Maggie
Nell Campbell Erica Thrall
Gabriel Mick Owen
Jeremy James Kissner Finnegan, age 10
Raquel Beaudene Estella, age 10
Stephen Spinella Carter Macleish
Fritz Michel Gallery Guest

Technical Credits
Alfonso Cuarón Director
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Tony Burrough Production Designer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Mitch Glazer Screenwriter
Jill Greenberg Casting
John Kasarda Art Director
Deborah Lee Executive Producer
John Linson Co-producer
Art Linson Producer
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas A. Reilly Asst. Director
Steve Weisberg Editor

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Great Expectations 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
cinnamoni More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies! Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow are amazing in it and the story is perfect! I read the book but didn't really like it, but I love the story. Great director!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cinemetography was amazing, and a terrific cast. Please go see this film..............
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Lovely movie . I will purchase another copy . love Ethan Hawke so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful movie! Great directing, music and characters. I did see the original and believe this is a great movie in its own right!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything in this movie is beautiful. The director and the whole cast made this an absoultly amazing film. Truly one of my very favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the complete package. It has beautiful cinematography, wonderful artwork, the best music, complementing every scene to perfection. The actors are amazing and the story is simplified and modernized brilliantly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gwyneth Paltrow, as Estella, is at her seductive best in this contemporary adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Great Expectations, and Ethan Hawk, as Fin, masterfully exploits his reputation as the intellectual, sensitive type. This remake of the 1946 movie, which more closely follows the 1860 novel, is well cast and gives a fresh look into the genius of author Charles Dickens. Although this version is subject to mixed reviews, I am one who loves both the novel and this movie. If you¿re into romantic drama, such as am I, you¿ll love it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm reading the book now, its very confusing.The cinematography is wonderful and the actors interpet the script like no other.The quality of the picture was great, great artwork,great music,great expectations.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie. I find it to be a beautiful rendition of raw emotions and overcoming life's obstacles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Firstly, the Americanisation of this quintessentially English story ruins all of Dicken's original intended meanings. Secondly, the plot just doesn't blend well when it has been given an overly-modern setting. Thirdly, it is almost a desecration of classic English Literature to produce degenerative trite like this. Deeply disappointing, and mostly annoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie dissapointed me to a great extent. These are world class actors and in the end this movie ends up to have a very low quality. I was very depressed by this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was!! I'm usually not into this type of movie btu my friend made me sit down and watch it becuase it was her favorite movie and this is the second time ive EVER cried in a movie it was so real like you could actually relate toit and be happy and sad with the caracters!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an incredible movie. Jus twish the names hadnt been changed so much
Guest More than 1 year ago
This mordern day adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic ''Great Expectations'' is everything short of the classic novel: it is way too modern. First of all, too many of the characters names were changed. This confuses the veiwer. Secondly, Dinsmoor is too obviosly the name of a ''dismal'' person. She was not as passionately cruel as one would have expected. And Herbert...where is he? This is just way too different from the book to be considered an adaptation. And on top of that, the original novel was not as racy as Gwen aand Ethan make it out to be. This is tashy Hollywood s**t that is not even worthy of watching!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is story of love, hope and redemption. When I find my self weary of the world and all of it's hopelessness. I put this movie on and things are not as bad as they may seem. In the end, as in all good Dickens novels, love and hope triumphs over all. A great movie, a great novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i didnt like the book cause it was dumb but id like to see the movie cauuse i heard it was good