Down 10,803 this week

The Grasscutter (1990)

 -  Crime
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 47 users  
Reviews: 3 user

A middle-aged landscaper (the grasscutter) pursues a quiet life in New Zealand, but soon the life he left behind -- in Belfast -- catches up to him in a fast-paced and violent conclusion, ... See full summary »



0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 77 titles
created 10 Feb 2012

Related Items

Search for "The Grasscutter" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Grasscutter (1990)

The Grasscutter (1990) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Grasscutter.


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Angel (1982)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Saxophonist Danny witnesses the murder of his band manager and a deaf-mute girl after a gig. Questioned by the police, he remembers only the orthopedic shoes of the killers' leader. So ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Veronica Quilligan, Stephen Rea, Alan Devlin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Down on his luck and working in a Mexican restaurant in Australia, an American tourist is hired by a icy heiress to pose as an obnoxious new boyfriend in an attempt to make her father accept her current boyfriend.

Director: Michael Gottlieb
Stars: Cheech Marin, Emma Samms, Vernon Wells
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
Crooked Earth (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Forces of tradition and tribal pride collide with government authority.

Director: Sam Pillsbury
Stars: Temuera Morrison, Jaime Passier-Armstrong, Lawrence Makoare
Hidden Agenda (1990)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif
Fresh Meat (2012)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A dysfunctional gang of criminals takes a middle class Maori family hostage and discovers too late that they are cannibals.

Director: Danny Mulheron
Stars: Temuera Morrison, Nicola Kawana, Hanna Tevita
Barb Wire (1996)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Post-Apocalyptic remake of "Casablanca" set in a strip club.

Director: David Hogan
Stars: Pamela Anderson, Amir Aboulela, Adriana Alexander
The Boxer (1997)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava


Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Cooper ...
Jack Macready
Thin Victim
Martin Maguire ...
James Coyle ...
Jim Wallace
Terry Hayman ...
LIVE Supporter
Ross McKellar ...
LIVE Supporter
Mitchell Manuel ...
Patu Beale
Brian Devlin
Claire Deeds
Wolfgang Khiene ...
Skyline' Maitre d
Raymond Hawthorne ...
Judy McIntosh ...
Hanah Carpenter
Martin Phelan ...
Father of Nine
Hilary Norris ...
Mother of Nine
Katie Gribb ...


A middle-aged landscaper (the grasscutter) pursues a quiet life in New Zealand, but soon the life he left behind -- in Belfast -- catches up to him in a fast-paced and violent conclusion, all his prior convictions ripped to shreds. Written by Dan Hartung <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Also Known As:

Grasscutter - aatteen hinta  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Did You Know?


Little Ray
Written & Performed by Michael Farrell (as Mike Farrell)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Hello, big mouth"
12 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty solid thriller involving an ex-UVF supergrass who has moved to New Zealand, only to have his cover blown and have hit men come after him and his family.

Not only does the guy have a new life, but he's got an awful lot of explaining to do to his new girlfriend, and to add to his troubles he's got the New Zealand police after him too, including a cop who suspects what's going on but consistently comes up against the UK's red tape.

The Grasscutter isn't a film you'll watch over and over again, but provides a lot of tension, flashes of extreme violence, and sticks in a few twists to boot. There's a lot of family drama thrown in there too, as out hero's ex-wife isn't too happy at him betraying his fellow country men, but it turns out he had good reason to do so.

The New Zealand landscape, so familiar from Lord of the Rings, is used to good affect here too, and the violence, though happening seldom, is well over the top. I almost gagged while watching the hero pull shards of glass from his shoulder after a failed bomb attempt on his life, and some characters don't just die after getting shot, they visibly bleed to death on camera.

This is a good film and a nice diversion from what I've been watching lately. Who knows how available it is now though, my copy comes from the defunct 23rd Century DVD label.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Grasscutter (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: