Great Expectations

Great Expectations
Dickens is back on the big screen again with one of his most-filmed novels. An orphan boy is humiliated by a snooty young woman. He grows up as a blacksmith, until one day he is suddenly raised to wealth by a mysterious benefactor. Will the young woman now be interested in him and his money?

Parental Guidance 10-12 (Violence).
Drama, On the art circuit

Not currently showing on the local cinema circuit.

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Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger
Mike Newell
ScreenplayDavid Nicholls, from the novel by Charles Dickens
MusicRichard Hartley
CinematographyJohn Mathieson
EditingTariq Anwar
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2012
Produced byBBC Films, Lipsync Productions, Main Street Films, Number 9 Films, Unison Films, iDeal Partners Film Fund

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageLow mild impact, infrequent occurances
ViolenceMild to moderate, infrequent occurances
PrejudiceLow impact, infrequent occurances, against social classes
Drug abuseInnocuous scenes of alcohol plus smoking of pipe
CommentsMaterial contains complex and mature themes of love, life, family tensions, expectations, social classes, etiquettes, tradition, manners, education, murder, disappoinment, forgiveness, dreams, travelling, adoption by mysterious benefactor, enrolment into gentleman's club, revenge, conspiracy, defrauding, jealousy, choices, secrets, responsibility. The context of the material may not contain themes that may be harmful for any children, although the content may be complex and mature since children under the age of 10 may nevertheless find it confusing, distressing, upsetting.
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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.


Scale (Max)20

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3371 Netizens quote iconFaithful version - good despite some casting mistakes ie Helena Bonham Carter

Average .. 63%



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