Great Expectations

Synopsis: Pip, a good-natured, gullible young orphan, lives with kind blacksmith Joe Gargery and his bossy, abusive wife 'Mrs. Joe'. When the boy finds two hidden escaped galley convicts, he obeys under -probably unnecessary- threat of a horrible death to bring the criminals food he must steal at peril of more caning from the battle-ax. Just when Pip fears to get it really good while they have guests, a soldier comes for Joe who takes Pip along as assistant to work on the chains of escaped galley-convicts, who are soon caught. The better-natured one takes the blame for the stolen food. Later Pip is invited to became the playmate of Estelle, the equally arrogant adoptive daughter of gloomy, filthy rich Miss Havisham at her estate, who actually has 'permission' to break the kind kid's heart; being the only pretty girl he ever saw, she wins his heart forever, even after a mysterious benefactor pays through a lawyer for his education and a rich allowance, so he can become a snob in London, by now 'a
Director(s): David Lean
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min


My father's family name being Pirrip,

and my Christian name Phillip,

my infant tongue

could make of both names

nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.

So I called myself Pip,

and came to be called Pip.

Keep still or I'll cut your throat.

No, sir, no...

Tell us your name. Quick.

Pip. Pip, sir.

Show us where you live.

Point out the place.

There, sir. There.

- Now, where's your mother?

- There, sir.

No, sir. There, sir.

Also Georgiana.

That's my mother.

Ah. Is that your father

along with your mother?

Yes, sir, him, too.

Late of this parish.


Who d'you live with? Supposing you're

let to live which I ain't decided yet.

With my sister, sir. Mrs. Joe Gargery,

wife of Joe Gargery the blacksmith.

Blacksmith, eh?

Now look here,

do you know what a file is?

Yes, sir.

- You know what wittles is?

- Yes, sir. Food, sir.

Then you get me a file and wittles

or I'll have your heart and liver out.

If you'll kindly let me keep upright, sir,

perhaps I shouldn't be sick

and perhaps I could attend more.

Bring that file and them wittles to me

here tomorrow morning, early.

- Yes, sir.

- Don't say a word of having seen me.

- No, sir.

- If you do,

your heart and liver will be tore out

and roasted and ate.

There's a young man hid with me, and

in comparison with him, I'm an angel!

That young man has a secret way

of getting at a boy, and at his liver.

A boy may lock his door,

may be warm in bed,

but that young man will softly creep

his way to him and tear him open!

Say heaven strike you dead if you don't.

Heaven strike me dead if I don't.

Now you know what you've promised,

young man.

- Get off home.

- Good night, sir.

Hello, Joe.

Mrs. Joe's been out a dozen times

looking for you, Pip.

She's out again now,

making it a baker's dozen.

- Is she?

- And she's got Tickler with her, Pip.

She got up, she made a grab at Tickler

and she rampaged out, Pip.

- She rampaged out.

- If I find Pip...

She's a-coming. Get behind the door,

old chap, and get the towel betwixt you.

You young monkey!


Now then, where have you been?

- Only the churchyard.

- Churchyard, indeed.

You'd have been there long ago

if it hadn't been for me.

It's bad enough being a blacksmith's wife

without being your mother.

Churchyard, indeed! You'll have me in

there on the rampage with my poor heart.

Get to the table. Both of you.


- Was that great guns, Joe?

- Yes, there's another convict off.

- What does that mean?

- Oh, escaped, escaped.

There was one escaped last night.

They fired a warning of him.

This must be a second one.

- Where does the firing come from?

- Ask no questions, you'll be told no lies!

Mrs. Joe, I should like to know,

if you wouldn't much mind,

- where the firing comes from.

- From the hulks, of course.

Oh, hulks. And, please, what's hulks?

That's the way with him. Answer him

one question and he'll ask a dozen.

Hulks are prison ships,

right across the marshes.

I wonder who's put in prison ships

and why they're put in there.

People are put into prison ships

because they murder, forge and rob,

and do all sorts of bad things.

And they always start

by asking too many questions.

Now get on with your supper

and get off to bed.

A boy may be warm in bed,

he may pull the clothes over his head,

but that young man will softly creep

his way to him and tear him open!


Wake up, Mrs. Joe!

Wake up!

Mrs. Joe, wake up.

You're a thief, Pip.

You're a wicked thief, Pip.

You'll be sent the hulks.

A boy with somebody else's brandy!

- With somebody else's file.

- With somebody else's pork pie.

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Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. Cliffhanger endings in his serial publications kept readers in suspense. The instalment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens improved the character with positive features. His plots were carefully constructed, and he often wove elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in ha'pennies to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell, G. K. Chesterton and Tom Wolfe —for his realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters. more…

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