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At Theaters: 1/30/1998 On Video: 7/21/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 019812
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, GREAT EXPECTATIONS is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the surprising interactions of these vivid characters, GREAT EXPECTATIONS takes a unique and contemporary look at life's great coincidences.

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Drama Romantic - Drama. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is based (rather loosely) on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. Anyone expecting a MASTERPIECE THEATER production will be surprised, however, since the setting has been changed from 19th century London to modern-day America. Like CLUELESS, which brought Jane Austen's EMMA into contemporary times, GREAT EXPECTATIONS attempts to lure a young audience to theaters by making the storyline more "hip" and using the appeal of an attractive pair of young actors, Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Ethan Hawke (Gattaca, White Fang)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma, Hook)
Hank Azaria (The Birdcage, Heat)
Chris Cooper (A Time To Kill, Money Train)
Anne Bancroft (G.I. Jane, Home for the Holidays)
Robert DeNiro (Casino, Wag the Dog)
Producer: Art Linson (The Edge, Heat)
Director: Alfonso Cuaron (A Little Princess)
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PROFANITY: Extreme and occasional.
SEX/NUDITY: Discreet side and rear nudity. A few erotic.
VIOLENCE: One instance.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional drinking. Frequent smoking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Infrequent.
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You have to give a film maker credit for exhibiting the necessary chutzpah to take one of the most beloved classics in the English language, Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, and transform it into a modern-day morality play/romance. Although Alfonso Cuaron's Great Expectations falls considerably short of being a definitive interpretation of the novel, it still offers an entertaining two hours. The script, written by Mitch Glazer, is straightforward, and sticks to the spirit of the original. For the most part, this motion picture feels like a contemporary fable. The majority of the film's missteps are not so much the result of shifting the novel in time and place, but of condensing it to fit into a two-hour time slot. Great Expectations may not be an absolute triumph, but it's significantly better than just a good effort.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 129 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
10
Fairly High
90%%
13-19Teens (F)
29
Very High
96%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
Fairly High
89%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
High
91%%
30+Adults (M)
25
High
84%%
30+Adults (F)
33
Fairly High
79%%
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In a small Florida town on the Gulf Coast, eight­year­old Finn Bell lives with his sister Maggie and his "Uncle" Joe. They barely scrape by, but aspiring artist Finn enjoys his simple life, drawing pictures in the colorful Gulf waters.

Finn's journey to adulthood begins suddenly with the shocking appearance of a dangerous convict who forces the boy to aid in his escape from prison. With this experience still freshly etched in his mind, Finn is summoned to the decaying mansion of Ms. Nora Dinsmoor, the richest woman in the gulf, who had lost her mind thirty years earlier when her fiance left her standing at the altar. There, Finn meets Dinsmoor's niece Estella, who, even at age 11, displays an upper class iciness toward the young, impoverished boy who instantly and hopelessly falls in love with her.

Finn's meetings with Estella and her crazed, wealthy aunt fuel new dreams: to paint for the rich, to enjoy their freedom ... and to love Estella.

"She'll only break your heart; it's a fact," Ms. Dinsmoor warns Finn. "And even though I warn you, even though I guarantee you that the girl will only hurt you terribly, you'll still pursue her. Ain't love grand?"

The crazed woman's warnings become Finn's harshest reality when Estella abruptly leaves without saying goodbye. A despondent Finn stops painting, stops dreaming ... until a mysterious benefactor sends the now grown young man to New York. Pursuing his dreams in the glamorous world of the New York art scene, the once­poor artist seems to finally have it all: wealth, status, fame ­ and a reunion with Estella.

But Life and its great coincidences have more surprises in store for Finn, who, in the course of his journey, becomes lost in his great expectations ...

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