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Mr. Pip (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 3 October 2013 (New Zealand)
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As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matilda Naimo (as Xzannjah)
Healesville Joel ...
Dolores Naimo
David Kaumara ...
PNG Officer
Kausibona Mel ...
Sam Simiha ...
Marcellin Ampa'oi ...
Joseph Naimo
Dominic Itta ...
Mr. Masoi
Grace Maibu ...
Mrs. Siau
Marcella Itta ...
Ivan Siovate ...
Cindy Tibola ...


Mr Watts is the only white man left on the island after the blockade. He opens the school and introduces the children the 'Great Expectations.' Matilda, the teenage narrator finds comfort in the story of a Victorian orphan when her own world is falling apart. The Redskins, an army sent to destroy the local rebels are getting closer. Matilda writes 'Pip' in the sand. This simple act leads to terrible consequences when the Redskins suspect Pip to be a rebel leader and demand he be brought before them. Written by Jan Killengray

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When they need hope, he gave them Great Expectations. Fiction can be dangerous in times of war.


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing situations involving violence and threat, and for some mature thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 October 2013 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Mister Pip  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Based of the award winning book Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones See more »


Mr. Watts: [during Grace's burial] We had a room in the middle of the house, between us, for Sarah. We filled this room with our thoughts, our memories, our histories, which we'd take it in turns to write it on the wall. And Grace traced Sarah's lineage from her all the way back to a flying fish.
Grace's grandmother: Was I on this wall?
Mr. Watts: Uh, yes, I believe you were.
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A great film...
18 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A great film...I thought Xzannjah Matsi, Healesville Joel and Hugh Laurie were amazing in this story set on Bougainville Island, part of the Solomon Islands, in Papua New Guinea. This film was a little brutal at times and unfortunately, demonstrates the heartless soul in some on this earth but a movie definitely worth the time and worth watching! Bougainville Island is a beautiful setting for this film where Hugh Laurie plays a teacher who takes the islands' children on a journey through a novel by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations. Set in a time of great island conflict over an open pit copper mine and the various fighting factions of the government and the island rebels. Beautifully done...well done!

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