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First Rate David Lean
- DON RILEY
This is an example of the film that is expertly and perfectly directed. The pacing is consistent and the staging is consistent. Each scene appears to be finely framed with nothing abrupt or out of place. Wonderful ! Five Stars.
Overall-3 and 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-4/5Score-4/5Titles-2/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-2/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3/5
Great Expectations Exceeds All Expectations
- James Rodgers
The book titled Great Expectations was required reading for me in high school: the year was 1974. Viewing a VHS tape or DVD of the movie then was unheard of, and as a result I did not have the opportunity until today to enjoy it...movie makers of today can take a lesson from these talented folks. The entire production: acting, directing, cinematography...is excellent! It is a pleasure to view movies of this caliber on TCM.
- Dashiell B.
Amazing film from Lean has a haunting & unforgettable opening. Fine performances bring the eccentric Dickensian characters to life, particularly Mills, Simmons, Hunt, Guinness & Currie. Won Oscars for it's art direction & cinematography, Lean explores the wide emotional horizon of the story magnificently. Aged, but still poignant & the greatest Dicken's novel adapted to the screen. I give it a 4.5/5.
A true classic
- Barry Waterfield
David Leans 1946 version of this Dickens classic deserves the number one spot. Filmed in black and white with a strong cast and precise direction, it conjures up the mood of the book to perfection.Anthony Wager, as a very believable young Pip, brings a touching innocence to the part. It is impossible to view the brutality of the scenes with Magwich the convict on the marshes, without feeling strongly protective, likewise his humiliation at the hands of Estella and Miss Havisham evoke deep compassion. By comparison I felt that John Mills was not quite right as the older Pip,he just didn't look suffiently like his younger namesake. Alec Guiness would have been a better choice in my opinion. Bernard Mills as Joe Gargery, Pips foster father and Mrs Joe his vicious wife come over well as does Jean Simmons as Estella the haughty ward of Miss Havisham. One very week point for a Dickens lover such as myself, is the ending. Not only is it unacceptable but it is also highly unlikely. Pure cheep theatre, playing to the gallery I believe they used to call it. This is however one bad point in an otherwise magnificent film.
- Kevin Butler
After reading the novel in high schooland writing a essay about the plot,onewonders why you missed out on thisexcellent adaptation of the 1946 movie.Superbly directed with an excellent castGreat Expectations reveals from underneath a somewhat doom and gloom story from which our hero Pip overcomes abuse as a child, mysterious good fortune and a broken heart only to conquer and rescue his ultimate destination beyond his expectations!
Great Expectations (1946)
- James Higgins
Everything about this film is magnificent. The cinematography is amazing, the art direction and costumes are superb. Well edited, great score. And the cast - everyone is marvelous. A truly great classic, that never bores and always enthralls.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE PLAY DATE CHANGES FUTURE
What a detailed and entertaining movie. One must stick with the whole show to realize why we endured the beginning convict scenes. I really like the Young Pip character and his accent. His life began quite sadly with both parents residing in the local cemetery, forcing him to live with his cruel, uncaring sister. Thankfully a command performance play date at a local candle-lit, musty, cobweb filled mansion would change his entire future. Miss Havisham had quite a "creative" hairdresser and Pip's costume designer must have been fond of leprechauns, as he oft resembled one. An enjoyable two hour date! As with most folks - didn't we read this book in school many years ago? Who knew it would make such a great movie.
great english movie
- william h. bunce
Nobody can make an English like the English . Great Expectations is one of the finest. The cast of John Miles ,Valerie Hobson and Jean Simmons was one of the best. Later versions were no match for this great movie. p.s. How could I request this movie to be shown. Thank you