Great Expectations 1989 | TV Show Watchlist
Dickens' abused apprentice and his rise to gentility, this one from Disney and British producers. Writer John Goldsmith also adapted Dickens' `The Old Curiosity Shop' and `David Copperfield.'
Premiered: July 9, 1989
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Estella is now a beautiful young woman. Brought up by Miss Havisham to wreak havoc on men, she cruelly rejects Pip's advances, and Pip is further devastated when Magwitch, the convict he helped as a young boy, reveals himself to be his mysterious benefactor, having returned to see how Pip has spent his money.
A terrifying encounter on the marshes with an escaped convict and a summons from the mysterious Miss Havisham change orphan Pip's life forever.
This acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Victorian novel is dark, sometimes savagely comic and wholly unsentimental. Pip's epic journey from blacksmith's apprentice to London gentleman has at its center his relationships with the terrifying convict Magwitch, the manipulative and vengeful Miss Havisham, who wishes to destroy all men, and the beautiful but cruel and cold-hearted Estella. Period drama starring Charlotte Rampling, Ioan Gruffudd, Justine Waddell and Bernard Hill.
Pip wants nothing to do with Magwitch and rushes to confront Miss Havisham. At Satis House he learns that Estella may be lost to him. Back in London, Wemmick warns him that the penalty for Magwitch's return from Australia will be hanging. Now Pip must help him escape.
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- Premiered: July 9, 1989
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- Premise: Dickens' abused apprentice and his rise to gentility, this one from Disney and British producers. Writer John Goldsmith also adapted Dickens' `The Old Curiosity Shop' and `David Copperfield.' (more)
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