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Great Expectations
Great Expectations

Great Expectations 1946


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Great Expectations 1946 PG

118 mins United Kingdom

The first of David Lean’s two Dickens adaptations is one of the most acclaimed of all British films. The story of a young man whose moral progress is shaped by two crucial childhood experiences: the traumatic encounter with Magwitch, an escaped convict, and his association with the eccentric Miss Havisham and her protegée Estella.

At 38, John Mills may have been the oldest onscreen Pip but he’s also the most impeccable, capably supported by a fine cast of British acting talent including Martita Hunt (Miss Havisham), Alec Guinness (Herbert Pocket) and Jean Simmons (Estella). David Lean and director of photography Guy Green’s highly cinematic interpretation was awarded the Academy Award for Best Cinematography upon its release, and has since been voted the fifth greatest British film in BFI’s 1999 poll.


John Mills

Jean Simmons

Alec Guinness


Costume drama


Based on the Book… Academy Awards Award Winning British Classics


PG Contains mild violence and scary moments




United Kingdom



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