Great Expectations

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Released 1974

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Great Expectations

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Director:
Joseph Hardy
Released:
1974
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Great Expectations is the 1974 television adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. In period England, aspiring blacksmith Pip (Michael York) runs afoul of an escaped prisoner in an eerie cemetery. The prisoner, Abel Magwitch (James Mason), is on the lam and requires sustenance, drink and something to release him from his leg irons. Frightened Pip agrees to help him, but later Magwitch is recaptured by soldiers even though Pip does nothing to betray him. Soon after, Pip is summoned to the nearby house of eccentric old lady Miss Havisham (Margaret Leighton) to act as a friend for her adopted daughter Estella (Sarah Miles). Pip does not realize that Miss Havisham is an avid man-hater who has been plotting to unleash her fury against the opposite sex since the day she was jilted just hours before her wedding. Estella is a cruel, taunting, distant girl who has been trained all her life to break men's hearts on behalf of Miss Havisham ' and Pip is to be victim number one!moreless
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