An image from the movie poster advertises Great Expectations, written for the screen by David Lean, Ronald Neame, and Anthony Havelock-Allan; directed by David Lean, and produced by Ronald Neame. The film was released in 1947, and is generally considered to be one of the best films ever made based on a Dickens novel. It starred John Mills as Pip, Francis L. Sullivan as Jaggers, Alec Guinness as Herbert Pocket, and Jean Simmons as Estella.
Sir Alec Guinness later received an academy award for best actor for his role in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). He played other Dickensian roles: as Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), as Marley’s Ghost in Scrooge (1970), and as William Dorrit in Little Dorrit (1987).