Great Expectations Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Great Expectations the Movie

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Expecting "Great Expectations?" The title and basic storyline are about all the filmmakers took for their contemporary updating of Dickens' story. The artistic, orphaned Finn (Hawke) is living a meager existence with his trashy sister and his "uncle" Joe in a Florida fishing town. His destiny is intertwined with an escaped convict (De Niro) he aids, the rich and loony Ms. Dinsmoor (Bancroft) and Dinsmoor's beautiful niece Estella (Paltrow). After being spurned by Estella as a teen, Finn quits painting and drawing entirely. Years later a mysterious art dealer offers him a one-man show in New York if he will move there and start creating again. Estella inevitably reappears in his life, providing more than a little inspiration. More style than substance. Although the visuals are stunning, the director should have learned that beauty on the surface isn't all it's cracked up to be from, say...hmm... "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens maybe?


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Running time 112 minutes.

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Modern Updates, Books to Film: Charles Dickens, Creepy Houses, Art & Artists, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Escaped Cons, Rags to Riches, Wrong Side of the Tracks, Sanity Check, New York, New York, Florida
Mitch Glazer
Ethan Hawke, Robert De Niro, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria, Anne Bancroft, Chris Cooper, Josh Mostel, Kim Dickens, Nell Campbell, Stephen Spinella
Emmanuel Lubezki
Alfonso Cuaron
Patrick Doyle
Art Linson, 20th Century-Fox

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