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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Referenced in Undead (2003) See more »

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Needed Ennio Morricone, and others
14 October 2012 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

It is not too bad for an attempt at trying to make a movie that appeals to a wide audience as well as having a semblance of historical accuracy.

But it is a bad movie when it come to script and character development. In those aspects it is very like a lesser Spaghetti western. It is even more like one in some of the scenes that are created, including the small town in an open plain.

There is no decent music to carry the movie along. We also also don't get decent cinematography.

Bruno's eventual development of quadruple barrel gun provides some light relief, along with the ingenious method of loading. And then his his next role in the movie is to fall asleep! A few other stereo-types are thrown in along with subtitled maori language in place of bad dubbing of Italian.

At least they didn't make Utu 2.

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