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Wealthy spinster Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt) makes a wicked suggestion to Young Estella (Jean Simmons).
Wealthy spinster Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt) makes a wicked suggestion to Young Estella (Jean Simmons).

Thumbnail for Great Expectations (1946) Great Expectations (1946)

Basics Critics:94Rusty:78
Category: Drama, RomanceNotable as: Costume dramaSub-Category: Costume drama, Historical period drama, Film adaptation, Romance Film, DramaRuntime: 113 - 118 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: David LeanScreenwriter: David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Kay Walsh, Charles DickensBased on: Great ExpectationsMusic: Walter GoehrCinematography: Guy GreenStars: John Mills, Anthony Wager, Jean Simmons, Valerie Hobson, Alec Guinness, Martita Hunt, Finlay Currie, Francis L. Sullivan, Bernard Miles, Freda Jackson, Torin ThatcherProducer: Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ronald NeameAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Guy Green)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (David Lean)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Great Expectations is a 1946 British film directed by David Lean, based on the novel by Charles Dickens and starring John Mills, Bernard Miles, Finlay Currie, Jean Simmons, Martita Hunt, Alec Guinness and Valerie Hobson. It won two Academy Awards and was nominated for three others. The script, a slimmed-down version of Dickens' novel, - inspired after David Lean witnessed an abridged 1939 stage version of the novel, in which Guinness had played Herbert Pocket, and Martita Hunt was Miss Havisham, - was written by David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Cecil McGivern, Ronald Neame and Kay Walsh. Guinness and Hunt reprised their roles in the film, but the film was not a strict adaptation of the stage version. The film was produced by Ronald Neame and photographed by Guy Green. It was the first of two films Lean directed based on Dickens' novels, the other being his 1948 adaptation of Oliver Twist.

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