Great Expectations Overview:

Great Expectations (1946) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by David Lean and produced by Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan.


The definitive version of the Dickens classic about an orphaned British boy befriended by a mysterious benefactor who enables him to become a gentleman of means. In the gloom of a country graveyard, a young boy encounters an escaped convict, a chance meeting that years later leads the boy to mysterious adventure, wealth, and joy. Lean's achievement is in setting once-in-a-lifetime performances in a vibrant narrative that maintains rich detail but never bogs down. Considered by many to be among the greatest films ever made.

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Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John Bryan; Set Decoration: Wilfred ShingletonWon
Best CinematographyGuy GreenWon
Best DirectorDavid LeanNominated
Best PictureJ. Arthur Rank-CineguildNominated
Best WritingDavid Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ronald NeameNominated

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Pip: [narrating] I realized that in becoming a gentleman, I had only succeeded in becoming a snob.

[welcoming Pip to her decaying mansion]
Miss Havisham: Come nearer. Let me look at you. Come close. Look at me. You aren't afraid of a woman who has never seen the sun since before you were born?

Joe Gargery: Pip! A young gentleman of great expectations.

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John Mills, playing Pip from the age of 18 to 25, was actually 38 at the time of filming.
One of the few films to be shown on commercial network television after it had been shown many times on local stations, including PBS affiliates.
First cinema feature of Howard Lang.
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