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

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  26 July 2002 (USA)
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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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26 July 2002 (USA)  »

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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

While this film would never get SPCA approval, every animal killed was used in true Inuit fashion; all the meat was consumed, and the skins were put to practical use. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Excellent!
1 March 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic film made by Inuit actors with a will. Unbelievable scenes with wonderful photography and chilling (no pun intended) moments. The tale may be a bit hard to get into as the entire perspective is given from the Inuit point of view from the get-go. Many Western audiences will just have to go along with a great leap of faith. There is much that serious film critics can frown at as many of the scenes are a bit jerky in transition but the heart of the story and they way it unfolds in Inuit fashion is there for all to see and partake in. I sat spellbound for the entirety of the film and wanted more at its ending. As an anthropologist, I certainly appreciated the faithfulness of the representation of Inuit culture in terms of the ethnographic works I've read and as a movie buff, I applaud a wonderful job of Inuit actors and film makers sharing their world with us.


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