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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.

Director:

Andrew Adamson

Writers:

Andrew Adamson (screenplay), Lloyd Jones (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Mr. Watts
Xzannjah Matsi ... Matilda Naimo (as Xzannjah)
Healesville Joel Healesville Joel ... Dolores Naimo
Eka Darville ... Pip
Kerry Fox ... Mrs. June Watts
Florence Korokoro ... Grace
David Kaumara David Kaumara ... PNG Officer
Kausibona Mel Kausibona Mel ... Daniel
Sam Simiha Sam Simiha ... Sam
Marcellin Ampa'oi Marcellin Ampa'oi ... Joseph Naimo
Dominic Itta Dominic Itta ... Mr. Masoi
Grace Maibu Grace Maibu ... Mrs. Siau
Marcella Itta Marcella Itta ... Mabel
Ivan Siovate Ivan Siovate ... Christopher
Cindy Tibola Cindy Tibola ... Violet
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | War

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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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English

Release Date:

3 October 2013 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister Pip See more »

Filming Locations:

Bougainville, Papua New Guinea See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Mr Pip was filmed in New Zealand See more »

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Christopher: Can anyone be a gentleman?
Mr. Watts: Yes, they can.
Violet: Even a poor person?
Mr. Watts: Absolutely a poor person can be a gentleman. A gentleman... a gentleman is someone who never forgets their manners, no matter what the situation is, no matter how terrible, how awful. Money and social standing have got nothing to do with it. A gentleman always tries to do the right thing.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.10 (2011) See more »

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Written by William Takaku
Performed by Marai Toromai and Peter Garuai
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Stays with you long after you see it!
15 April 2014 | by WingedHeartOhioSee all my reviews

When I first read what this movie was about, I wasn't quite sure what to think about it. Then, from the very beginning, I didn't have to think as I truly FELT every word, every victory, every cruel and unjust act. Hugh Laurie was absolutely fantastic as the teacher and only white man in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, where a war wages on over control of the world's largest open copper mine. It is he who introduces the children to Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations. As skilled as Laurie is, the real star of this movie is young Xzannjah Matsi as Matilda. She becomes totally enthralled with the novel and fantasizes herself as part of it. There is great beauty in this movie -- the relationship between teacher and student, the tropical scenery, etc. However, as unsettling as it is, there is also great tragedy and violence as one would imagine. What is truly commendable is the way this director has interwoven the two. I highly recommend this thought-provoking, well-acted, and well-written movie. It will stay with you long after the last scene is over.


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