David Lean directed this stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor, and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world.
1946 at its best
- Great Expectations review by JD
In this era of film making all the actors speak received English and come from good schools. Diction is clear and each shot a great work of art. Even the portrayal of a Dickensian plot reminds me of the original St. Trinian's. The acting from this era can be a little theatrical but John Mills was brilliantly subtle and the plot ran at a good pace. This will definitely not be to every ones taste. But if you habitually drink Earl Grey tea, try this.
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- Great Expectations review by George
If you take the story-telling skills of Charles Dickens, whose books are ideal as films, and David Lean's skills as a director you have a perfect combination. This film may be old, but it is still extremely enjoyable, with the intriguing addition of seeing John MIlls and Alec Guinness as young men. In addition there's no swearing and their diction is perfect, not always the case in new films.