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Great Expectations (2013)

As he set out to direct Charles Dickens' classic novel Great Expectations, Mike Newell fixated on one question: ''Why is Pip such a little s---?''

EXPECT GREATNESS Helena Bonham Carter is just one of many stars in Mike Newell's adaptation of Great Expectations
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EXPECT GREATNESS Helena Bonham Carter is just one of many stars in Mike Newell's adaptation of Great Expectations

Details Release Date: Nov 15, 2013; Length: 128 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Sally Hawkins

As he set out to direct Charles Dickens' classic novel Great Expectations, Mike Newell fixated on one question: ''Why is Pip such a little s---?'' To Newell, the story's orphan hero (played by War Horse's Jeremy Irvine) is ''treacherous and unthinking, uncaring of the people who love him most.'' That includes Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter), a wealthy spinster who hasn't stepped outdoors since being left at the altar decades earlier, and her ward, Estella (The Borgias' Holliday Grainger), who won't return Pip's affections — even after he's thrown into London's high society. Ultimately, though, Newell pities Pip. ''He's an abused child,'' he says. ''What you're looking at is: What is the fallout of emotional abuse?''
Originally posted Aug 16, 2013
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