Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria, Chris Cooper, Anne Bancroft, Robert De Niro. Very good in good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 111 mins. Originally released: 1998. 1998 release. 122 minutes. Has no stickers, but name written on tape label and subtle, superficial knife mark across back of cover. Still in great shape overall. Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess) directed this Mitch Glazer screenplay, a modernization of the 1860-61 classic by Charles Dickens. Some situations in the film are presented as memories--the way the central figure, orphan Finnegan Bell, recalls events many years later. At a Florida fishing village eight-year-old Finn (Jeremy James Kissner), talented at art, is left in the care of his sister and her husband Joe (Chris Cooper). One day Finn helps a chained, escaped convict who appears in the surf. On other days he visits Paradiso Perduto, where he plays with young Estella (Raquel Beaudene). Estella is the niece of the mansion's colorful, flamboyant, and extremely wealthy owner, Ms. Dinsmoor (Anne Bancroft). Dinsmoor parallels the novel's tragic Miss Havisham, a woman jilted at the altar and left emotionally scarred and mentally imbalanced. As she watches Finn draw a portrait of Estella, she plots to mold Estella into a hard woman capable of destroying men. In a flash forward to the 90's, Finn (Ethan Hawke) and Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow)--now in their late teens--recreate the water-fountain kiss of their childhood. But then Estella vanishes, breaking Finn's heart to such a degree that he doesn't draw or paint for seven years, choosing instead to eke out a marginal existence with his uncle Joe (after Finn's sister abandons them both). Then Manhattan art representative Jerry Ragno (Josh Mostel) turns up with a startling offer: if Finn will return to painting and relocate to New York, Ragno will give him a one-man show. With an apparent assist from Ms. Dinsmoor, Finn makes the move and begins his new life with great expectations and a deadline of 10 weeks to complete the necessary paintings. When Finn next encounters Estella, she has a wealthy boyfriend, Walter (Hank Azaria). As Finn once again becomes entranced by Estella, he also begins to question exactly how his life is being manipulated. Francesco Clemente did the paintings and drawings seen in the film. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.