While the filming and atmosphere are excellent, the film departs from the book in many details, some small, but others quite significant. The portrayal of Mr. Jaggers and the young Pip are excellent, the elder Pip less successful, especially since the two do not "match" very well. The life at the forge is greatly reduced in scope, especially as regards the role of Joe Gargery. The finale at "Satis House" is significantly altered. While the film "works" well, the Dickensian character of the novel has been appreciably diluted, the producer evidently believing that he could improve on Dickens' masterpiece.

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