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Kingpin (1985)

Filmed at and inspired by the residents of Kohitere Boys Training Centre in Levin, New Zealand, this tale follows a group of teens who are wards of the state. It was directed by Mike Walker... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Junior Amiga ...
Willie Hoto
Nicholas Rogers ...
Karl Stevens
Judy McIntosh ...
Alison Eastwood (as Judith McIntosh)
Jim Moriarty ...
Mike Herewini
Terence Cooper ...
Dave Adams
Peter McCauley ...
Paul Jeffries
Wi Kuki Kaa ...
Mr Nathan
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Len Crawford
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Secure Man
Gilbert Goldie ...
Teacher
Mitchell Manuel ...
Riki Nathan
Peter Morgan ...
Bop Boy 3
Peter Rowell ...
Farm Manager
Buddy Ruruku
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Filmed at and inspired by the residents of Kohitere Boys Training Centre in Levin, New Zealand, this tale follows a group of teens who are wards of the state. It was directed by Mike Walker, who co-wrote the script with Mitchell Manuel (who also played the part of Rikihana Nathan).

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July 1985 (Soviet Union)  »

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This was filmed on location in a real prison farm, near Levin, New Zealand. Much of the cast were actually real inmates at the time. See more »

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tough, punchy story of life in a new zealand borstal
1 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Part two in an unofficial trilogy, preceded by Kingi's Story (1982 - TVM) and followed by Mark II (1987 - TVM). This bunch of films are all characterised by attempts to portray real-life troubles of young, urbanised Maori. Kingpin chronicles various power struggles, among the teenage inmates of a boys borstal/reform school, as well as the various personal difficulties and their attempts to try and reform. This film is pretty obscure, but worth checking out if you can find it on video; the narrative is strong, and the climax tough and exciting. Plenty of great breakdancing scenes, too.


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