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Utu (1984)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  27 June 1984 (France)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Anzac Wallace ...
Te Wheke
Bruno Lawrence ...
Tim Elliott ...
Col. Elliot
Kelly Johnson ...
Lt. Scott
Wi Kuki Kaa ...
Tania Bristowe ...
Ilona Rodgers ...
Emily Williamson
Merata Mita ...
Faenza Reuben ...
Tom Poata ...
Martyn Sanderson ...
Dick Puanaki ...
Sean Duffy ...
Cpl. Jones
Ian Watkin ...


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 <>

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27 June 1984 (France)  »

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Hämnden  »

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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 »


One of the characters observes "Something wicked this way comes", quoting the title of the Ray Bradbury novel written 100 years later. See more »


Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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definitely worth a look
4 January 2001 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This movie might remind you of "Dances With Wolves." I enjoyed it, and thought it gave a good insight into Maori history and culture.

Leonard Maltin gave it a less-than-appealing review while another book loved it. I rank it more in the middle and more towards the "other book" with the second half redeeming it.

If you are into something different, try out this New Zealand western. I am a HUGE fan of kiwi actor Bruno Lawrence (Williamson in this film). I recommend it.

*** out of ****

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