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In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anzac Wallace ...
Te Wheke
Bruno Lawrence ...
Williamson
Tim Elliott ...
Col. Elliot
Kelly Johnson ...
Lt. Scott
Wi Kuki Kaa ...
Wiremu
Tania Bristowe ...
Kura
Ilona Rodgers ...
Emily Williamson
Merata Mita ...
Matu
Faenza Reuben ...
Hersare
Tom Poata ...
Puni
Martyn Sanderson ...
Vicar
...
Belcher
Dick Puanaki ...
Eru
Sean Duffy ...
Cpl. Jones
Ian Watkin ...
Doorman
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In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge after Te Wheke attacks his homestead. Meanwhile Wiremu, an officer for the British, seems to think that resistance is futile. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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27 June 1984 (France)  »

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Anzac Wallace, who plays the role of the Maori militant, was previously a trade union leader and had never acted before See more »

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Brilliant study of revenge
7 November 2000 | by (Springfield, VA) – See all my reviews

To me, a good movie uses the introduction to snap your tether of disbelief; the middle to entertain you and deliver you to the end; and the end to make it worth the journey.

This movie does it better than any other movie that I've ever seen.

The story is about revenge ("utu"), how the cycle starts, how it changes, and the price to be paid to end it.

The time and the place are not important, though the movie is beautifully shot and historically valid. The action is only a device to tell the story, though it is compelling and riveting. The subject matter is profoundly serious, though there are elements of comedy even during the most serious scenes.

Overall, this is one of the best constructed films that I have ever seen. The pacing of the scenes, the respect for the intelligence of the audience, the dark endearing humor, and the impact of the message all make this one of my favorite movies.

The director's cut provides additional scenes that explain some of the details that are missing from the original, but these extra scenes foul the sharp pacing that makes the studio cut work so well.


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