Great Expectations (1946 film)

Great Expectations is a British drama film directed by David Lean from 1946 based on the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.


The orphan boy Phillip Pirrip, the " pip" is called, lives with his sister and her husband Joe Gargary. One day he meets the prison escapee Abel Magwitch. The intimidates him and caused him to raise food and a file. As Magwitch instead of fleeing attacks another refugee, he is captured by the police.

The old and wealthy spinster Miss Havisham Pip engaged, so he takes care of her house and a beautiful girl named Estelle. Estelle teases him all the time because of his bad manners, but Pip falls in love with her. Pip learns Herbert Pocket, know a relative of Miss Havisham in his old age, and her lawyer, Mr. Jaggers. When Pip is 14, he can no longer come into the house, because he is to be formed to the blacksmith.

Five years later, looking at Mr. Jagger Pip. He tells him that a mysterious benefactor wants to educate the young man to a gentleman. Pip believes Miss Havisham put it behind them and says to. Herbert Pocket is to be pips teachers in terms of behavior. Herbert tells Pip that Miss Havisham was so bitter that she wanted to take revenge on men. Estelle is the tool of her revenge. Pip refuses to believe that.

As Pip has become 21, he is visited by Joe Gargary, the snobbish behavior of pips is irritated. Joe aligns Pip, Miss Havisham want to see him. Pip sees Estelle again, the same cautions against him himself. The two spend much time together, but to pips displeasure she flirts with many other men, including Bentley Dummle, a gutgestellten but unpopular contemporaries.

Pip meets Magwitch, who tells him that he was his patron. Mr. Jaggers confirms this Magwitch was then deported to Australia, where he made his fortune. When Mr. Wemmick, the assistant of Mr. Jaggers, telling you that Magwitchs old enemy (the other refugee ) in London, Pip decides to bring the old man on a mail boat to the continent. Pip wants to say goodbye to Estella and Mis Havisham. Estella tells him that she will marry Dummle. Confirmed Pip that Miss Havisham so has her revenge, because Estella is torment Dummle. When Pip goes, is an ardent wood chip from the chimney the dress of the old woman on fire. Pip hears her screams and returns, but comes too late.

As Pip, Herbert and Magwitch row to the mail boat, they are expected by the enemy alarmed by Magwitchs police. Magwitch seizes the man and kills him. In the struggle the old man is wounded. Before Magwitch has spoken to Pip of his lost daughter. Now Pip is suspicious, and Mr. Jaggers confirms his suspicions: the daughter Estella. Pip visits the dying Magwitch and told him of Estella, and that he is in love with her. The old man dies happy. Pip is unable to obtain any inheritance, since Magwitch can inherit as convicted only one offspring. Thus Pip must go from a poor man through life again.

Sick and hopeless versa Pip back to Joe Gargary. He is healthy again and looks at the destroyed house of Miss Havisham. There he meets Estella. Dummle has been informed about Estella's father Magwitch and he breaks off all relations with Estella, since he despised their lower descent. Estella returned to the house, which she had inherited from Miss Havisham, back. She wants to now as their patroness live in solitude. Pip tears down the curtains, and for the first time in years comes sunlight into the room. Pip Estella draws to himself and tells her that he had never loved anyone like her. At first she hesitated, but then she takes pips arm and leaves the house with him.


  • Director Lean, then still unknown, was taken in 1939 by his wife Kay Walsh in the stage version of Dickens - piece. Lean saw the young Alec Guinness in the role of Herbert Pocket and hired him the same for his film. Martita Hunt was also up in the movie to play there as on the stage Miss Havisham.
  • The film includes the first voice of Alec Guinness.


  • The lexicon of international film describes the film as a " moody, down to the smallest role exactly studded adaptation of the novel " Great Expectations "by Charles Dickens. Although the charming poetry of the first part is not quite kept up, the literary demanding film is one of the best adaptations of novels at all. "
  • The manual was 6000 Movies (1963 ): " The second part ( city) drops noticeably. "


Academy Awards 1948


  • Best Cinematography ( Black - White ) - Guy Green
  • Best Art Direction ( Black - White ) - John Bryan, Wilfred Shingleton


  • Best Picture
  • Best Director - David Lean
  • Best Adapted Screenplay - David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock - Allan

DVD Release

  • Great Expectations. Limited Collector's Edition in slipcase and 16 -page booklet. Koch Media 2003