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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
"Atanarjuat" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  12 April 2002 (Canada)
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The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natar Ungalaaq ...
Sylvia Ivalu ...
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq ...
Oki
Lucy Tulugarjuk ...
Puja
Madeline Ivalu ...
Panikpak
Pauloosie Qulitalik ...
Qulitalik / A shaman (as Paul Qulitalik)
Eugene Ipkarnak ...
Sauri, the chief
Pakak Innuksuk ...
Amaqjuaq (as Pakkak Innushuk)
Neeve Irngaut ...
Uluriaq
Abraham Ulayuruluk ...
Tungajuaq
Apayata Kotierk ...
Kumaglak
Mary Qulitalik ...
Niriuniq
Luke Taqqaugaq ...
Pittiulak
Alex Uttak ...
Pakak
Eric Nutarariaq ...
Young Sauri
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Storyline

Centuries ago, in what would become the Canadian Arctic, Atuat is promised to the malevolent Oki, son of the leader of their tribe. But Atuat loves the good-natured Atanarjuat, who ultimately finds a way to marry her. Oki's sister, Puja also fancies Atanarjuat, and when she causes strife between him and his brother Amaqjuaq, Oki seizes the opportunity to wreak a terrible revenge on Atanarjuat. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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12 April 2002 (Canada)  »

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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner  »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,342 (USA) (7 June 2002)

Gross:

$3,786,801 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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Trivia

The first Inuktitut-language feature film. See more »

Goofs

Just before Atanarjuat jumps over the crevasse, the shadow of a crew member appears in the snow, at the bottom of the screen, to the left. See more »

Quotes

Oki: What are you all looking at? Haven't you ever seen anyone kick a dog before?
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The film's end credits play next to behind the scenes footage of the making of the film. Many primary cast and crew members appear at the same time that their credits come on screen. See more »

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Though provoking and well made
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I don't recall a movie with such a basic storyline grip me for the entire movie. I live in a very cold climate and my appreciation for the Inuit (and other northern aboriginals) has magnified. This movie did not get the publicity it deserved not even in its native country. I do not recommend reviewing the extras on the disc before watching it, it does have a slow start as you try to understand the hierarchy of the tribe, but when it goes you are on edge. What amazed me the most is that these UN-POLISHED actors did such a remarkable job especially in their emotional display. Worth buying to keep, such gens don't come easy


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